Some artists make beautiful paints that sell for millions. Some artists make quirky cartoons that lead to cartoon shows. But some artists? Some artists have a message and their goal isn't to make infinite money at an auction or get picked up by Nickelodeon. No, their goal is to inspire us to think about our world in, like, a different way, man.
So which kind of artist do you think we're talking about when we say there's an art exhibit about making human cheese out of bacteria they've collected from various celebrities?
In an absolutely fascinating but still kind of stomach-churning project, an artist teamed up with a biologist to make cheese out of human beings. What point are they trying to make? And could that point be the first time understanding an art project... actually makes an impact on our lives?
We all want to be famous.How great would it be to have screaming fans wherever you went? Plus, if you were famous and your kidneys ever failed, you'd almost for sure have a fan willing to give you theirs.
But if you've ever watched a VH-1 Behind the Music...And as someone who deeply loves to revel in schadenfreude, you know I have. When celebrities are sad and I'm not? Ooh baby, I'm in Heaven!
You know fame isn't everything it's cracked up to be.Alas, there are some pitfalls to being a famous Hollywood celebrity. It's not all cashing giant royalty checks and meeting crying children who love you at mall autograph signings.
You can't go out in public.If you're famous and someone sees you out and about, I promise you that they will scream and they will ask for a selfie and it will be annoying.
Your personal life becomes public.Gossip sites will devote pages and pages to your breakup and somehow, whatever you decide to name your baby will run on the cover of People.
And once you make it to the top, you have to fight to stay there.The moment you become a rags-to-riches story, everyone starts hoping to see you back in rags. The moment you become the number one box-office draw of all time, another young actor starts coming for you. Celebrities all have their (very pretty) heads on a swivel.
Oh and also some guy might make cheese out of you.I mean, it's not necessarily something your agent will prepare you for, but yes. Some celebrities do have people making cheese out of them. Please consider whether you want someone making cheese out of you before you decide to become famous.
London's Victoria & Albert Museum is displaying cheese made from celebrity bacteria.
Five types of “human cheese” from cheddar to Cheshire are on view at the Victoria & Albert Museum. https://t.co/k3tPcHsI84— Smithsonian Magazine (@Smithsonian Magazine)1558149303.0
The exhibit is called Food: Bigger Than the Plate.
Open today! FOOD: Bigger than the Plate unwraps the way we grow and farm, trade, eat and dispose of food #PlateUp… https://t.co/sF8TwUsvz8— V&A (@V&A)1558170037.0
And was created by Christina Agapakis, who is a biologist...
(It’s true, the foot cheese is the worst. I prefer armpit.)— Christina Agapakis (@Christina Agapakis)1557749827.0
... and Sissel Tolaas, a smell artist.
"On the Nose" Sissel Tolaas is a star in the world of smells. https://t.co/mtUcMqXoC2 (@chrisiptw, @engadget) https://t.co/ie7Yuk6hEV— Longform (@Longform)1540918807.0
Before we get into the whos and whys of the project, here's a quick primer on how human cheese, and cheese in general, is produced:To make cheese, milk must be combined with a bacteria and then become a curd. In a blog post, the Victoria and Albert Museum said of the process, "As the bacteria break down the emulsion of sugars, fats and proteins in the milk, the proteins start to clump together into soft curds, separating from the liquid whey."
But there's one added level of weirdness to making cheese worthwhile to me:The blog post went on to say, "next [is] rennet, a cluster of stomach enzymes that helps young animals digest their mother’s milk, is added to further break down the proteins and solidify the curds. Once drained and pressed, the curds can be processed into the huge variety of cheeses found around the world." So whenever I eat cheese, I'm also eating the same kind of chemicals that help baby animals eat mother's milk? Uh, gross.
Using different bacteria produces different types of cheese.
via: ShutterstockOne bacteria leads to mozzarella, one to cheddar cheese. I don't know what bacteria produces nacho cheese, but by god, I'm gonna find out.
But the thing is, the bacteria making up the Victoria & Albert Museum's cheese comes from human skin.That initial, cheese-defining bacteria is coming from these hand-picked London celebrities. We're talking armpits. We're talking feet. We're even talking crotch. Agapakis and Tolaas seemingly know no bounds when it comes to finding weird spots on the human body to scrape some gunk off of.
But it's not gross, because that human skin comes from celebrities!All of these people are famous, so while the idea of eating cheese made out of your dad's foot is revolting, it would not be revolting not to eat the cheese made out of your favorite star.
Nothing celebrities do is gross.Celebrities are of a higher class than us, and therefore, we should be so lucky to eat food grown out of their bodies' discarded filth!
The celebrities having their bacteria made into cheese are musician Alex James...The museums' Cheshire cheese was provided by the body of Blur bassist Alex James. You remember Blur, don't you? The drum solo at the beginning of Blur's hit song "Song 2" was used in every movie trailer from 1998 until 2017.
... chef Heston Blumenthal...
Fancy eating cheese made from Heston Blumenthal's pubes? How about a nice mozzarella crafter from rapper… https://t.co/MenG7fdzye— 10 daily (@10 daily)1558507983.0
... British rapper Professor Green...Atlas Obscure, Professor Green hates cheese. He apparently picked mozzarella because it's the kind of cheese he hates the least.
... baker and food writer Ruby Tandoh...
Ruby Tandoh: how I was turned into a human cheese https://t.co/5REHhZg17o (via @guardianfood) https://t.co/5gU48yYcPQ— Guild of Fine Food (@Guild of Fine Food)1558261503.0