Decadent Decay

An immersive dining experience taking a multi-faceted approach to the science of decay

For two nights only, Guerilla Science popped up in Bushwick, Brooklyn with a decadent banquet inspired by all forms of decay. Guests enjoyed an elaborate 6-course meal and drinks expertly prepared by our culinary partner, Methods & Madness. During the cocktail hour, violinist and composer Jeffrey Young set the mood with live music, and talks from scientists and researchers entertained diners in between courses.

Violinist and composer Jeffrey Young setting the mood with an original piece for Decadent Decay -- Image by Marina McClure.
Violinist and composer Jeffrey Young setting the mood with an original piece for Decadent Decay -- Image by Marina McClure.
Salted duck egg and century egg toppings for the soup course -- Image by Marina McClure.
Salted duck egg and century egg toppings for the soup course -- Image by Marina McClure.

Every element from the food, decor, entertainment, and the scientist speakers drew from the overarching theme of ‘Decay’. Dishes featured culinary decay such as fermented foods and the entire space was full of decaying flowers, dripping candles, and painted models whose paint cracked and flaked as they moved.

To provide a poetic glimpse into the world of decay Guerilla Science created an organic Decay in a Box installation inspired by famous still-life studies. This timelapse of decay provided a window into the real-time decay process, highlighting that there is so much more life after ‘death’ if you stepped a little closer.

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