Global Taste: A Meal in Three Courses, by Martha Rosler, 1985

Martha Rosler, Artist
Global Taste: A Meal in Three Courses , 1985

3-channel video installation with wood and paint, color, sound
120 x 80 x 100 in. (304.8 x 203.2 x 254 cm). Video: 30:00 min.
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Courtesy of the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; photography by Brian Forrest

In this suite of videos, Rosler's take on the "global village" suggests that America's influence on taste—both gastronomic and personal or cultural taste—has an intentionally flattening effect. By exporting American foods and other cultural products to countries all over the globe, the United States exerts its economic and political power and participates in stripping ethnic populations of their cultural identities while assuring growth for American companies and the nation's continued dominance on the world stage.