BLOG Archive for April, 2014

Food Book Fair – Brooklyn this weekend!

April 23, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014 the Center will be at the Food Book Fair in Brooklyn, NY!

Our friends Jen Tong and Joel Alter will be representing us at Foodieodicals: A Foodie Zine Fest. We’ll have books and posters for sale and visitors have the chance to place the very first orders for our second issue of Food Phreaking: The Journal of Explorations in Human Food Systems.

WHERE
Wythe Hotel Screening Room
Wythe Ave at N 11th, Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY 11249

WHEN
Sat, Apr 26, 2014
12:00pm – 4:00pm EDT

*Entrance to the event is $5 


ITEMS FOR SALE:

FP0_G1FOOD PHREAKING #00 – $20.00

FP01 Receipt BookmarkFOOD PHREAKING #01 – $15.00
“A Culinary Atlas of Genetically Curious Botanical Fruit Cultivars”
Available for pre-order (with bookmark receipt!)

FP01 CoverFOOD PHREAKING #01 Cover Art Poster – $25 
Limited edition screen printed artwork by Jen Tong 

 

Hope to see you there!

Kindle Nexus Update

April 4, 2014

This post originally appeared on the Kindle Project’s Nexus blog. The Kindle Project have been amazing and generous supporters of our work.


RECENT WORK

It has been a little less than a year since our last blog post for Kindle Nexus and a lot has happened. This is a visual report of some of our most recent work, and an update on research mentioned in our last transmission.

COBALT-60 SAUCE

In last year’s blog post we described the Cobalt-60 Barbecue Sauce that we were in the process of making. This project dives deeper into the untold history of mutation bred crops.

Here are some image of the bottles of sauce that we produced, an image from the party that helped pull it all together, and the final installation of the work at the San Jose Museum of Art’s “Around the Table” exhibition. 

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Our research into the history and future of mutation bred crops continues, and we are exploring the possibility of working with a research scientist to put one or more mutation-bred crops that are currently in our food system through the same rigorous screening process that new transgenic crops undergo. 

Based on our literature review on the subject thus far, no one has returned to these somewhat unusual crops and used contemporary scientific tools to get a clearer understanding of how their genotypes were transformed by radiation.

We believe this research into mutation breeding research is important in order to better understand how scientific and political decisions made in the recent past (1950s – today) are effecting our current food system, and the contemporary choices we make. 

As wider range of techniques are employed for transforming the genomes of food crops (selective breeding, mutation breeding, transgenic breeding, CRISPR techniques), and seed cultivars are increasingly swapped in and out of the food system at a faster rate, humanity would benefit from a more thorough and nuanced understanding of what has happened in the past. 

 

FOOD PHREAKING

After much collaborative effort, we finally rereleased Food Phreaking issue #00 in July of 2013. Since then it was named one of Gizmodo’s and Edible Geography’s 2013 books of the year. This has meant that we are almost completely sold out of the first print edition!

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A free .PDF of the book is available here, and for those people that want to hold and flip though hard copy, a few are still available for purchase here: foodphreaking.com.

As we work on Issue #1 of Food Phreaking (due out in April 2014) we continue to strike a balance between free information and beautiful book design. Both the printed books and digital copies are creative commons licensed, and we ourselves are drawing on the commons significantly in the creation of these publications. Visit www.foodphreaking.com in late April to take a look at Issue #1 “A Culinary Atlas of a Few Curious Botanical Fruits”.

 

PSSC LISBON

In 2013 we were commissioned to design a pop-up restaurant in the dining room of a historical palace as part of the Lisbon Architectural Triennale. After many months of planning and collaborations with Turismo de Portugal, we finally launched the restaurant with a series of 3 meals. Culinary students from three local food colleges ran the restaurant for 3 months, and we were able to make connections with interesting producers and food thinkers throughout Portugal during the run of the restaurant.

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THE CENTER TURNS 3

Finally, a video that summarizes our first 3 years of activity (2010 – 2013). The video gives a comprehensive overview of all of our activities for the last three years:

This video was used to apply for the VIDA 15.0: Art & Artificial Life awards. The Center was selected as the People’s Choice awardee. This meant that we were able to travel to Madrid, Spain in March of this year, and install a new archival library of all of our work to date. The library was conceived as a shipping container that can be sent and pop up any where in the world, and it is currently looking for it’s next home. 

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The container was fabricated in collaboration with Matthew Williams, a craftsperson in Portland, Oregon. 

Library2

CURRENT & UPCOMING

October 21 - 29, 2017
Dutch Design Week: Embassy of Food
October 19 - 21, 2017
Experiencing Food (Lisbon)
Nov. 5 - Apr. 2, 2016
2116: Forecast of the Next Century
Nov. 5th, 2016
KiKK Festival Workshop
7-12 December 2015
Smog Tasting, Cop21 Paris
17 October 2015
Urban Nature Symposium, NYC
6- 28 August, 2015
Disnovation Pop-Up Show
November 28, 2014 - February 2015
Matter of Life. MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Sept. 25 - 27, 2014
London Bridge Live Arts Festival
June 7th, 2014