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MeatWater Isn't Real, But The Message Is

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A good hoax will fool everyone once, but a really great one can make the rounds on the internet twice and still make waves. Today, the internet was afire with talk about MeatWater, a “high efficiency survival beverage” that comes in a variety of hurl-inducing flavors: Grilled Chicken Salad, Hungarian Goulash, Stuffed Quail, Beef Jerky, and many more.

If the thought of drinking a Liverwurst Sandwich-flavored beverage has your stomach in knots, don’t worry: MeatWater isn’t a real product. The line of beverages is the imagining of New York artist and photographer Till Krautkramer, who came up with the ridiculous (albeit convincing) concept back in 2008. It’s Krautkramer’s dedication to the project that makes it so convincing: for years now, Krautkramer has pitched this product as if it were a real thing, and even has “sample tastings.”

Why bother with all that Photoshopping and label-making? Take a look at this MeatWater Q&A and the irony becomes apparent: it notes that “people don’t have time to google, walk their dogs, or stop their workflow simply to take in a meal.” It seems that part of Krautkramer’s message is to comment on the state of nutrition and processed food these days.

There is also a mention of World Water Day in the Q&A. In response to the question, “What do you think the western world will regret in 20 years time?”: “Not paying enough attention to water.  Water is essential to life, and we should all pay attention.  This is why we are trying to raise awareness around the world today… we are proud supporters of World Water Day, and will continue to be into the future.”

Krautkramer’s MeatWater photographs have been on display in galleries across the U.S. in the past few years. To stay updated on the project, check out the dinnerinabottle.com blog. Or to delve deeper into the tongue-in-cheek activism of Till Krautkramer, watch one of the MeatWater “commercials” (WARNING: contains graphic images from meat processing plants).

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