Knockdown Center, a former glass factory-turned-gargantuan new experimental arts space in industrial Maspeth, hosted an unusual event on Friday evening called "Malingering Uvula II: The Face That Lied (Geometric Edibles)," billed as "equal parts performance, immersive installation, and dinner party." The ongoing series, limited to 50 diners, was created by artists Camilla Ha and Michael Merck,"sparked by a conversation about the Futurist Cookbook and surrealist dinners." Participating artists, who created the various environments and concepts, include Ha, Fagan Noose, MV Carbon, Cupola Bobber, Keti Kartveli, Brian Chase, Gabrielle Muller, David Lackner, Aaron Fagan, Zebediah Keneally, and Thermos Unigarde.

Upon entering, guests were given paper cut-outs in one of five shapes. Surrealist projections instructed everyone to find their group, indicated by shapes on the ground illuminated by guides' flashlights. Hot cider and a steaming, crumbling mound of brownies appeared on a nearby table, an amuse-bouche in homely dessert form. Delicate, pulsing electronic sounds, which creator Unigarde described as "fetal atmosphere," complemented the anticipation.

Each group was rotated through six different environments, with a factory shift-change buzzer signalling the transitions (fitting for the building's history). One of our favorite rooms, by Cupola Bobber, featured a silent black-and-white movie projected against a wooden screen which then flipped down to become the table from the film, with dangling salt and pepper shakers on a pulley system, napkins on retractable chains, and inside-out egg sandwiches served on a built-in food trolley of sorts. Another room, entered via the backyard, past a campfire and through an entryway made of umbrellas, served mac n' cheese "butt plugs" over ketchup (the leftovers of which the server (Merck) licked off the table) as Ha screamed, grunted and ejected plates from an overhead window.

The finale, in which all groups joined in a central room for a "communal banquet," featured a sandwich cake (imagine a big, round, cream-cheese smothered, club), spinach salad, seltzer and not much else, although in a last-minute coup for attendees, Merck warmed up some leftover mac n' cheese butt plugs. Who's hungry?

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