Lullaby for the sick Bacchus

performance video, digital and paper collage

The work was created during an art symposium in the wine region near Graz, Austria and reflect the 1985 wine scandal, which discovered that several Austrian wineries had added diethylene glycol into their wines in an effort to make them sweeter and more full-bodied. The wine scandal is also sometimes called the antifreeze scandal because diethylene glycol is a primary ingredient in some brands of antifreeze. Paradoxically in 1984 an Austrian wine spiked with glycol won a gold medal at an international wine fair.

Although Austria currently has some of the strictest laws for wine production, the scandal raises the question of the safety of food production on a larger scale, which is still relevant.