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Taboo-Transgression-Transcendence in Art & Science – Conference

27 September, 2023 | 9:00 am - 30 September, 2023 | 7:00 pm

The fifth international conference “Taboo – Transgression – Transcendence in Art & Science” will take place between 27 and 29 September 2023 in Valletta, Malta. Including theoretical and art practice presentations, TTT2023 continues to focus (a) on questions about the nature of the forbidden and aesthetics of liminality as expressed in art that uses or is inspired by technology and science, and (b) on providing uncensored space for creative transformation in the merging of science and art.

Following TTT2020 Vienna/Online, the steering committee of the conference is excited about the possibility of a community reunion in the beautiful physical space of our hosting partner the Malta Society of Arts.



TTT2023 Malta ArtShow
Malta Society of Arts, Sept 26-29, 2023

For TTT2023 Malta artshow we borrow the terms “raw,” “cooked,” and “rotten” and the concept of the culinary triangle introduced by Lévi-Strauss, to highlight the interplay between nature and culture, the transformative power of cooking, and the importance of food safety and preservation. Symbolizing the untouched, untransformed essence of ingredients, often associated with concepts such as purity, authenticity, and naturalness, the raw can be seen as an opposition to cultural intervention, reflecting a direct link to the environment and the source of sustenance. On the other hand, representing the knowledge, skills, and creativity involved in culinary practices, the cooked highlights the social and symbolic significance of cooking, including the sharing of meals, culinary traditions, and the expression of cultural identity. And finally, the breaking down of cultural and social boundaries regarding acceptable food, the rotten, what has undergone decay, decomposition, or spoilage, signifies the loss of desirable culinary qualities and edibility and becomes associated with themes of danger and contamination.

Through the artworks gathered for TTT2023 Malta artshow under the title RawCookedRotten we invite you to explore the dimensions of food and reflect as well on the complex meanings and relationships between Eating and Beingeaten. Eating involves cultural practices, culinary techniques, and social rituals surrounding food preparation, sharing meals, and the enjoyment of flavors and textures. In contrast, “being eaten” refers to the passive role of an entity being consumed by another. In the context of food, this typically involves animals or plants being hunted, raised, or cultivated for the purpose of being consumed by humans or other organisms, usually for sustenance or survival. Different cultures have specific taboos, rituals, and symbolic interpretations regarding eating and being eaten, such as the spiritual or transformative aspects of consumption, reflecting their values, beliefs, and social structures.


Sept 26-29, 2023

Opening Sept 26, 2023 at 18:00 & Sept 27-29, 2023 open 9:00-19:00

MSA Basement Vaults & Courtyard

Us and Our Compost-worms #1, by Andrew Paterson (Finland)

Home is Where the Maqlouba is, by Jude Abu Zaineh (United States), courtesy of Cultivamos Cultura (Portugal)

Birthing the Mother, by Louise Mackenzie (United Kingdom) & Kaajal Modi (United Kingdom)

Useless Eaters, by Ian Haig (Australia)

Creatures of future/past, by Roberta Buiani (Canada) & Kaethe Wenzel (Germany)

We are the granddaughters of those who didn’t burn, by Anna Walker (United Kingdom)

Deep Space Call and Response, by Victoria Evans (United Kingdom)

Deep Fjord, by Andrew Carnie (United Kingdom)

Future Fauna, by Kat Mustatea (United States)

Sonus Maris-V2, by Nigel Llwyd William Helyer (Australia)

Cosmic Caresse, by Rudolf Arnold (Germany)

Jejunum, by Jennifer Zackin (United States)


26 September, 2023

19:00 – 21:30 MSA Courtyard

Luna Park: What is democracy?, by Eleni Kolliopoulou (Greece)

Transmission Ecology, by Dann Disciglio (United States)

Augmented Self, by Zjana Muraro (United Kingdom)

Octagon.Pharma, by Adam Zaretsky (United States / Greece), curated by Hub of Art Laboratories (HAL/Greece)

27 September, 2023

12:00 – 12:30 MSA Concert Hall

Takekurabe: interactive choreography and audiovisual performance, by Mary Randou and Yoshimitsu Yoshiya (dance), Iannis Zannos (sound) & Vicky Bisbiki (graphics) (Greece and Japan), curated by Hub of Art Laboratories (HAL/Greece).

18:30 – 19:00 MSA Courtyard

Hybrid Nature, sound installation by Apostolos Loufopoulos & Τhanasis Epitidios (Greece), curated by Hub of Art Laboratories (HAL/Greece)

28 September, 2023

12:00 – 12:30 MSA Courtyard

Chili Pepper pleasure: Performative Tasting Meditation workshop, by Maro Pebo (Mexico) & Roland van Dierendonck (Netherlands).

18:30 – 19:00 MSA Courtyard

Unlearning Taboo, Peter Purg (Slovenia)

Spinning by Vlasta Žanić (Croatia), curated by KONTEJNER bureau of contemporary art practice.

29 September, 2023

12:00 – 12:30 MSA Courtyard

Performing devouring politics by Marko Marković (Croatia), KONTEJNER bureau of contemporary art practice.

15:30 – 16:00 MSA Courtyard

Next year in MoMA by Siniša Labrović (Croatia), KONTEJNER bureau of contemporary art practice.




The general public (over 18 years of age) is welcome to attend these events. Entrance is free.

If you’d like to take part in the conference, kindly register by sending an email to (participation is free).


27 to 29 September 2023


Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta


27 September, 2023 | 9:00 am
30 September, 2023 | 7:00 pm


Palazzo de La Salle
Republic Street
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