The Unexpected Guest  64pp book, 203mm × 127mm. Edition of 300. Floor installation. Commissioned by VERBureau for Pokey Hat, an exhibition that explored the social history of ice-cream in Glasgow for Glasgow International Festival 2016. 

A reading based on the book with accompanying gelato was given at Jaconelli’s on the 16th April 2016, 5pm. 

Reading (pdf)

The Unexpected Guest explores the socio-cultural aspects of ice cream in relation to the Italian ice cream cafés of Glasgow.

The text mixes fact and fiction to imagine an alien micro-organism present in ice-cream, driven here by the radiation pressure from distant stars. The alien, however, is revealed as a positive force that creates states of affection and love. The work draws on multiple sources, from scientific texts and horror/science fiction film (The Andromeda Strain, Invasion of the Body Snatchers) to the recipes of the Italian Futurist’s.

© Julie F Hill, 2021