“While some economists are declaring the recession over, and although the stock market continues to rise, those on the bottom of the economic ladder are seeing fewer improvements to their day-to-day lives. The number of Americans who receive assistance from the government in the form of food stamps continues to rise-the total number of food stamp recipients is now up to more than 10 percent of the total population. Here is how many people have been using food stamps for the nine months from September, 2008, to last May.”
Roadkill meets gourmet cuisine in this wicked campaign by Susette.
Dead But Not Wasted does several things: It refers to our growing numbness and disability to empathize or even be shocked by certain conditions. At the same time it addresses our ignorance to what we eat. It shows how we want to be deceived - not to question further than the label or the price tag. And it opens up the possibility of a rare, new food source - who knows maybe it is even tasty and somewhat nutritious.. at least no animals were harmed in the process…
Imagine there was a pill that would feed all of us..
No more grocery shopping distress.
No one would have to work to get nutrition.
Would the introduction of the pill mean the end to economic crisis?
The answer to saving energy?
We would all stay slim and would have more time to exercise.
Would we all look the same, too?
Imagine a world where there was a pill and no more food… what reasons would we have to gather for a romantic picnic? What would we do with all the hours and energy and resources spend in the production, preparing, consumption and celebration of food..
Dustin was unsettled by a documentary he had seen on the scenes behind the scenes of this mega enterprise. In faithful détournement manner he approached CC’s wrong side and appropriated its style and visual language to almost innocently tell another truth..
“Food Systems are complex, interconnected and widespread networks of individuals, organizations, and consumables. In researching the urban food ecosystem in Hunts Point, the Food Systems group sought to understand three segments of the system including: the influences public and private organizations have on food distribution; large aid organizations’ influence on the distribution of food to low income populations, and the infrastructures of food. The team used methods that included literary research, fieldwork, interviews, and observations.”
"Vegetables will come from rooftop gardens and community plots; fish will feed off plankton in our kitchen tanks; ants, worms and grasshoppers will flavour breads; urban beehives will supply our honey; soil will be an ingredient; and meat will be a rare treat."
At Copenhagen’s inaugural Mad FoodCamp, international food professionals define lurking food problems and cook up some solutions..
The challenge is..
"In a world of about 7 billion people, food security is a big challenge - and it’s about to get bigger. Already, nearly a billion people suffer from chronic hunger. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, the population will rise to 9 billion by 2050. In order to feed everyone, food production needs to increase by 70 per cent. Annual cereal production needs to rise by a third to about 3 billion tonnes and annual meat production by more than 200 million tonnes to 470 million tonnes."
Adrian, this might be interesting for you:
"Last year, the US Science journal delved into insect-eating, saying ”the quest for food security may require us all to reconsider our eating habits, particularly in view of the energy consumption and environmental costs that sustain those habits”."
Susette, check this out:
”With urban gardens, we can produce 50 tonnes of food per hectare sustainably in cities,” Thomas Harttung (farmer + activist) says. ”New York City alone has the potential to create over 3 million tonnes of food each year using rooftops, parks, and private yards.”
"Our cities also have the potential to become major suppliers of honey, says the executive director of the European Environment Agency, Jacqueline McGlade."
“Water and food are elementary necessities for humanity. So where should we even begin to understand these things that meander through all areas of our physical and psychological lives? It has always been my artistic principle to adapt myself to these things, and to join the flow of their nature and their primordial conditions.“
You can watch the documentary about FOOD on ubuweb.
About the Documentary:
“This film documents the legendary SoHo restaurant and artists’ cooperative Food, which opened in 1971. Owned and operated by Caroline Goodden, Food was designed and built largely by Matta-Clark, who also organized art events and performances there. As a social space, meeting ground and ongoing art project for the emergent downtown artists’ community, Food was a landmark that still resonates in the history and mythology of SoHo in the 1970s. “
RESTAURANT DAY 21.8.2011 The Restaurant Day is a one-day carnival celebrating restaurant and food culture.
The first Restaurant Day was organized 21 May 2011. The next Restaurant Day will be 21 August 2011. Join the fun!On Restaurant Day we will arrange pop-up restaurants, cafés and bars without permission. All because we love food culture. One of the establishments can be yours.
This is how you become “a restaurant owner” or restauranteur: Choose the location. It can be practically anywhere: at your home or office, at a park, a beach etc. It’s Restaurant Day, you can choose! Share your restaurant’s details in the form below and you’re good to go. If you have any questions regarding making your own restaurant contact Antti Tuomola (contact details below). All enrolled restaurants will be published in a shared guide map.
"Nomadisch Grün (Nomadic Green) launched Prinzessinnengärten(Princess gardens) as a pilot project in the summer of 2009 at Moritzplatz in Berlin Kreuzberg, a site which had been a wasteland for over half a century. Along with friends, fans, activists and neighbours, the group cleared away rubbish, built transportable organic vegetable plots and reaped the first fruits of their labour.”
“The OS (OpenStructures) project explores the possibility of a modular construction model where everyone designs for everyone on the basis of one shared geometrical grid. It initiates a kind of collaborative Meccano to which everybody can contribute parts, components and structures.”
It opens up a collaborative and innovative playground for great design solutions..
“a zine to unfold and hang up. Every issue contains a vegetarian recipe to cook and (at least) one song to listen to. And that’s how it comes up:
> There is a musician (at least one) who choses an ingredient > I think about a recipe > We meet, I cook, musician has to be present but doesn’t cook > We eat > And after that musician makes a song, or more than one (inspired by the food, its preparation and the whole situation) > I illustrate and print (silkprint) the recipe without any text, if understandable.”
PAPIER FRITES is beautiful.
So are also the other illustrations and projects by this young Berlin based artist: Kira Kohnen.
"Sometimes unconventional concepts and solutions come from thinking the opposite way."
We are all excited about food one way or another. We’ve been investigating tasty food, social food, healthy food, utopian food, political food and beautiful food. We researched and also designed good food initiatives and interventions trying to make the world a growing, sustainable and nutritious place. That’s good enough for now.
Tired of improvement? Exhausted of coming up with healthy and politically correct solutions? Bored of being right? What if we were to come up with solutions to make EVERYTHING go WRONG?
Here’s how our team of fed up thinkers will envision the worst in 10 simple steps:
01 Take a break.
02 Zoom out! Go outside, explore, observe and find inspiration.
03 Stumble upon something that catches your interest. Stop and wonder why.
04 Zoom in!
05 Once you have an idea, hold it & work with it.
06 Turn your idea around and develop an evil, destructive, dystopian, moldy, disastrous concept for The Wrong Campaign! It is still all about food, naturally.
07 Write down your proposal in 150 words.
08 Make a Master Plan of how you will accomplish and realize your vicious goal! Include when you will do what. You have five in-class sessions remaining.
09 Get feedback & support throughout your process.
10 Prepare your presentation & show us what you got.
at Food Pieces, center for food-related research and design solutions:
Stay tuned as we are finalizing our picnic-as-tool concepts and preparing design manuals for you to apply to your next picnic and change the way you thought, approached or consumed your life!
On our menu we’ll offer a ‘Kiez’ food bus tour to go deep local, a networking picnic to celebrate your community and taste your neighbors favorite treats, a magic hour picnic that is quite magic, a business picnic that’ll make you drop your tie, a highly contagious guerilla gardening family affair, a diplomacy food intervention that’ll make you forget about McDonalds, a food prep game to bond with the colleagues that you haven’t bonded yet, a picnic tool kit for high school students to explore and taste their local nature and learn how to become friends with an otter, a snack attack to boost you with energy when you don’t expect it but need it the most and mucho mucho mas!
“Wir leben in einer Gesellschaft, die über Herkunft, Inhalt und Bedeutung ihrer Nahrung so wenig Bescheid weiß wie keine zuvor. Der Vortrag beleuchtet einen bisher wenig diskutierten Aspekt unseres Essens, jenen des Designs und untersucht, welche Geschichten unsere Nahrung erzählt und was die alltäglichen Mahlzeiten über unsere Kultur aussagen.”
DIENSTAG, 28. Juni 2011, 19.00 Uhr – VORTRAG
designtransfer Universität der Künste Berlin Einsteinufer 43-53 10587 Berlin-Charlottenburg
“We get our ideas from what I’m going to call for a moment our unconscious — the part of our mind that goes on working, for example, when we’re asleep. So what I’m saying is that if you get into the right mood, then your mode of thinking will become much more creative. But if you’re racing around all day, ticking things off a list, looking at your watch, making phone calls and generally just keeping all the balls in the air, you are not going to have any creative ideas.” ~ John Cleese
BLDGBLOG (“BUILDING BLOG”) is written by Geoff Manaugh in Los Angeles, California. He makes all kinds of discoveries and very likely with a particular focus on ARCHITECTURAL CONJECTURE, URBAN SPECULATION & LANDSCAPE FUTURES. In his series SPACES OF FOOD Geoff gathered views on agriculture-to-go, inflatable greenhouses on the moon, mushroom tunnels, betel nut beauties and odorless fish!
Found during this year’s Berlin Design Festival @ DMY
or: TEMPORARY PHOTOELECTRIC DIGESTOPIANS WORKLAB
a tasty workshop proposal:
”[…] research based experimentations on the transformation of light energy into electric energy with food. Fusing cooking and solar tech and designs, the participants will work with edible materials to create ‘e-tapas’ of different aesthetics and tastes. A principal role is for the Aronia Melanocarpa (Choke/Apple berry), one of the most powerful, anti-oxidant rich berries both in terms of kJoules and microWatts, entangled in a rich global historical narrative (see also other groWorld-parts). To be tested, tasted and appreciated on heliotropic tickling tongues.”
“On May 21st three brave people on bikes took off to find the mysterious Waste Mountain in Kępa Zawadzka 15km south, on the fringes of Warsaw. On the way we explored the landscapes and flora of the wild Vistula bank. We also had a horseradish eating competition, did embroideries, found a secret motorcycle racetrack, listened to genuine country music performed at the local market, admired a sea of sand next to an ocean of dandelions, drank water with stickyweed to become radiative. Finally we reached the ghastly grey mountain hidden in an artificial valley and surrounded by lovely green hills and a natural reserve. The grey powder is waste produced during the burning process at the Siekierki power plant visible in the distance.
“While global populations may be edging closer to a food crisis, it is not due to a lack of food. According to a study conducted by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, one-third of all the food produced around the world, approximately 1.3 billion tons a year, is never eaten. That is, one-third of the global food supply is lost or thrown away. The report indicated that the food waste is roughly split between developed and developing countries, though it is important to recognize that rich countries account for a small portion of the world’s population yet an equal share of the waste.”
fungutopia is an installation, a workshop, a prototype and a community-project //
As an installation fungutopia shows the different possibilities that mushrooms offer to help to make the world a better place: Mushrooms are open source medicine, food, fertilizer and soil-recovery-method. They can be cultivated quite simply even indoor and are perfect for urban fungiculture. The workshop shows simple techniques to grow mushrooms in cities, whereas the prototype MUSHroom tries to combine Open Source Electronics with Biology to grow even more rare medicinal species year round indoor. As a community-project fungutopia tries to bring together people for urban fungiculture and share knowledge and experience. The Online Community grow.fungutopia.org is the web equivalent of the f2f experience. //
Young urbanites of our generation, you are seriously confused! All these options, everywhere, all the time. An over abundance of positivity and possibilities. We know, it can get overwhelming sometimes..
Therefore our team of critical designers and forward thinkers have developed a range of picnic formats that will come to the rescue and cause instant relief. They have designed the perfect picnic for you. These orchestrated encounters will employ the social aspects of a picnic to cause a rupture in your daily routine and a pause in the constant chase of information and unreflected consumption. In addition to that the picnic format will be coupled with a matching activity that will help process your thoughts, enhance clarity, instigate a fresh exchange and new awareness. This highly motivational Picnic as a Tool will help you push things forward and into immediate action. Hence, the perfect solution for a lunch break. You can see it as a hacked picnic or an advanced workshop. Either way you can book us ANYTIME in any weather. The remedy is just a picnic away! Yours sincerely, Young urban picnic developers.
Write a concept for a picnic format that will work as a social pause and a workshop to enhance awareness, motivation and sideway thinking. Define your target group. Set a location for a picnic. It can be indoors, outdoors, on the go, etc. Keep in mind the particular needs of the young urbanites. Design a food concept and an activity that will support each other and enhance the outcome of your anticipated cure. The food and the activity will have to match up. Develop a look and define aesthetics to communicate your kind of picnic experience. Visualize your ideas using existing materials and your own sketches to create an atmosphere that describes the feeling of how this picnic will be experienced. Think sustainable and ad hoc. Think all weather. Think urban. Think sideways. Prepare your picnic pitch so it can be presented during an outdoor picnic. You can use your research and that of your fellow researchers as a point of departure BUT move beyond!
Due Monday, May 16 // Concept draft and visual ideas Pitch your idea during the next session within a picnic format & receive group feedback.
Due Monday, May 23 // Revise your draft according to the feedback received during the first pitch. Develop and plan a prototype event. Design an invitation of your ideal picnic solution and post it on your tumblr.
Due Monday, May 30 // Stage “your” Picnic and document it. Present your documentation in class
Due Monday, June 6 // All your components will be published in a handbook/catalogue including all students contributions - each picnic format will be represented by concept writing, documentation of prototype and invitation to the picnic. Prepare your contribution in the right format and layout so we can “produce” the handbook in class.
Fruit City seems to be the fashionable UK version of Mundraub
“Fruit City is a growing map and network of all the fruit trees in public spaces in London. Logged and mapped by the Fruit City team and you.
Yes we live in a sometimes harsh urban sprawl, but nature is all around us. Much of the fruit we buy in the city is from far flung places like Spain, Brazil and Chile, but literally tons of fruit grows in our own fair city. Don’t believe us? Check the Map. Where do you live? Blackberries, Mulberries, Apples, Pears, Plums, Figs, Strawberries and even some secret Kiwis.
We’re not saying that every Londoner can get all the fruit they need from the city streets right now and through the year, but a load of the fruit from the trees that do bear goes to waste unpicked.
What if we could get the most out of our London? […]”
Just the other week we talked about dumpster diving and now the local street magazine Motz put it on their front cover. It finally arrived in Berlin..
At the same time Die Zeit focussed in their latest issue on -what else could it be - food! Essen als Heimat / Food as Home.
We’re in good company and are riding on the Zeitgeist wave. Naturally our research team is now challenged to go beyond the newly established comfort zone and remain critical AND excited about this tasty topic!
We took a trip ‘up’ to Prenzlauer Berg to check out the latest developments and concept stores around edible delights.
We found tapioca balls that burst in your mouth. An ice cream parlor that offers fish lunches. And a store hybrid between a cafe and a flower shop gone zoo.. We also visited the Kochhaus which Nora claimed to be the “perfect emergency store for male singles who want to impress their date for once.”
Also, zum Anfang möchte ich sagen, dass es keine Fotos geben wird, da diese wahrscheinlich nicht so besonders lecker aussehen würden! Zur Hintergrundinformation, ich mache einmal die Woche einen Großeinkauf bei Kaufland, da kommt es mir nicht darauf an was ich esse, sondern wie teuer und wie…