[POSTPONED to Tues, 5 April 2022, 7.00PM]
We are honoured to have Professor Mira Seo in conversation with our very own Chef Ivan Brehm. Mira and Ivan will take the exhibition and Mapplethorpe’s oeuvre as a starting point, to explore the resonances and connections between their different fields of practice – one as a classicist and one as a chef – and beyond, into the areas of philosophy, anthropology and more. Both Mira and Ivan’s works are rooted in interdisciplinarity, and this session will be a rare opportunity to bring these fields together to consider the wider influences and implications of Mapplethorpe’s practice. Join us for an exciting night of dialogue between two brilliant thinkers!
A specialist in Roman poetry, Mira Seo has been deeply engaged with liberal arts education, core curriculum development, and globalizing the Humanities throughout her career. Mira began her career at Swarthmore College followed by the University of Michigan, where she was promoted to Associate Professor in the Departments of Classical Studies and Comparative Literature. In 2012 she was recruited to the inaugural faculty of Yale-NUS College. In AY 2020-21 she joined college leadership as Director of the Common Curriculum. She has published on Roman poetry of the first century CE, the neo-Latin poetry of Juan Latino, an African Latinist in 16th century Granada, and diversifying Classics. She is currently writing on comparative readings in ancient literature, and leading Vitis Vinifera Antiqua, an interdisciplinary digital humanities collaboration on ancient wine.
Ivan Brehm is the Chef and Owner of Restaurant Nouri. The restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star since its inception. Brehm is also the Founder of Appetite, a multidisciplinary concept space opened in 2020. Sitting at the crossroads of gastronomy, the visual arts, and music, Appetite’s mandate is to explore intimate appreciations of these creative forms of expressions and promote trans-disciplinarity with thorough research. With a mixed background, Brehm frames his culinary explorations at Nouri and Appetite with a global perspective that integrates and interrogates influences from around the world. Both spaces practice Crossroads Cooking, a culinary philosophy rooted in research and transculturalism, taking food as a medium to showcase the similarities and universal touchpoints we all share irrespective of our backgrounds. Brehm has worked in some of the best kitchens around the world, including Per Se in New York, Hibiscus in London, Mugaritz in Basque Country, and The Fat Duck in London.
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