Turkey-shaped Jell-O® Mold: 2009 Competition
Turkeyburger: A deft co-mingling of American culinary icons—the thanksgiving turkey and the classic hamburger—and a stellar technical breakthrough on the baking front. Grand Prize Winner [by popular election] for "Best Overall Turkey" trophy.
Live Feed: With the hard drive as proscenium, The Builders Assocation mounts a spectacle that exposes the "transparency" of contemporary technology. The turkey appears to be giving birth to an iPod Nano, which plays—on endless loop—a video of a turkey. We are frozen in time, yet the video evokes remembrances of cluckings past. In this way the Builders brilliantly capture the intersection of synchronic and diachronic axes while forcing us to interrogate our relationship with turkeys and technology. Third Place Overall Winner.
Jiggles: Winner, "Best reveal"—white chocolate with chopped candied walnuts filled with cranberry/pomegranate flavored gelatin (no added sugar) with raspberries. As artful and subtle as ever, Sherman continues to explore the turkey-mold medium with her inimitable mastery of craft and her legendary fearlessness. Every year the turkey wears a different costume, and the viewer must question—yet again—fundamental assumptions about appearance and identity and turkeys.
Baby's First Turkey: Winner, "Most Wholesome". Byrne deftly addresses the mortality of the turkey with its reconstitution in vegetable form. The layering functions as a morphological evocation of sedimentary rock, thereby evoking the passage of time, while the vegetable purée evinces babyhood, enacting the cycle of life. A bold and powerful statement.
Flapping Jacks: An adroit sequel to Hunter's "Which came first?" entry of 2008, the pancake turkey breaks new ground on the breakfast front.
Turkey Alla Vodka: The turkey seduces us with its warm autumnal palette, perfect skin and tumescent shape—and intoxicates us with its unusually high concentration of vodka. An impressive coalescence of form and substance.
The Sides as the Bride: This turkey, composed of classic Thanksgiving side dishes, upends the traditional hierarchy of the meal, sublating our normative binarisms. Its operation evinces derridian différance, effectively deconstructing turkologocentrism.
The Elvis: "The Elvis Sandwich (sometimes simply 'The Elvis') is a fried sandwich consisting of peanut butter, bananas, and bacon. Honey is sometimes included. It was supposedly one of Elivis Presley's favorite foods in his final years. Presley's fondness for peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches is well established. A book about Presley and his mother, Gladys Presley, says he had 'sandwich after sandwich of his favorite—peanut butter sliced bananas and crisp bacon.' Another passage describes him talking 'feverishly until dawn' while 'wolfing' down the sandwiches. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that he would select a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich as his 'last meal', using toasted Wonder Bread, melted Skippy Super Chunky, banana slices and bacon."
That's No Turkey: No meat, no dairy—a vegan turkey brownie, trussed and slaughtered. Where scatology meets eschatology.
Last of the Great Plains Turfalo: "Mysteriously absent from the fossil record, these magnificent beasts once roamed the Plains where they formed a grainy, nearly inedible staple of the Native diet. Here we see a native New York family celebrating around their kill, though we believe that due to a slip-up in a long-secret family recipe, this slaughter may have proved fatal to both hunters and prey." —Artists' statement
Turkey Under the Sea: Winner, Best Presentation
Purring Jell-O Turkey (Death Rattle): "A capacitive circuit, which turned the Jell-O (or any other capacitive material if you want) into a touch sensor. It functions by detecting a person's capacitive effect on the material when they are in contact with it. I used an Atmel microcontroller to turn on and off a vibrating motor when the sensor is activated, to give the 'giggle' purr effect. It all adds up to a Jell-O turkey that purrs when you pet it."
Cajun Dirty Rice