Brutalist Order is a 8mm film by Caitlin Shannon featuring a dining series of Otis Armada, a group of culinary creatives who re-explore and recontextualize the concept of communal dining. The 1950s French Geva-8 Carena movie camera captures a unique dining series, Otis Brutal, which combines food, wine, installation art and music all into one strikingly offbeat shared culinary experience. In appreciation of the beauty of oddity, subjected etiquette standards involved in traditional fine dining are made unobtainable during one’s experience at Otis Brutal.
“We don’t expect all art, films and literature to be pretty, so why do we expect our meals to be?” — Otis Armada
Brutalist Order celebrates the ritual aspects of communal dining followed by a “controlled dining” experience. Curated with informal seating placements, a continuous assembly of textured food and wine pairings, and showing cutlery etiquette as a taboo, Otis Brutal delivers a thrill of uncertainty to one’s dining experience, leaving pleasantly shocking sensations to the taste buds.