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Art, Science, Eating, Eating Natureculture, Community Eating, Brundlefly, Brundlefly, Brundlefly.

 

as a side note, interesting shit going down these days. this, tomorrow, you should check out:

Gonflables et amuse-bouches features an inflatable structure, constructed out of disposable tablecloths, designed to host food related events and discussions about food politics and radical spaces, the literal English translation being, “Inflatables and mouth-amusers.” Gonflables et amuse-bouches is based around a series of discussions & dinners in my studio where the inflatable structure is built.  Some of the questions driving the project include: what do you think the role of food is in community building? How do you think the role of food differs in the realms of art and activism? What are the politics of food art?

i’m going to have a piece in the forthcoming publication, but probably won’t be at the actual event tomorrow, so don’t show up expecting to be able to pick any bones/settle any scores.

 

also, this sounds fucking cool:

By engaging with the hegemony-challenging ideology of hacking, participants will seek to interrogate and expose the mutually constructive bonds of food and tech, while proposing alternative, playful, and stimulating reconfigurations. Part festival, part workshop, and part symposium, Hedonistika will merge research-creation with critical analysis, and community engagement with celebration. (Plus, it will taste and look really cool.)

 

i’m not whether i am fit company for food scholars, artists, or robotocists, but i am going to try to think hard on this. fittingly i was just tipped off to this Hannah Landecker article “Food as Exposure: Nutritional Epigenetics and the New Metabolism” published in Biosocieties last year that is super interesting in terms of things like changing understandings of bodily boundaries and food as miasma, natureculture, and nutrition as governance. i’ve been talking a bit with Tim of Quietbabylon, who has a way better head for thinking hacking than i, and we’re hoping to maybe come up with something together.

This is a model in which food enters the body and in a sense never leaves it, because food transforms the organism’s being as much as the organism transforms it. It is a model for how social things (food, in particular) enter the body, are digested, and in shaping metabolism, become part of the body-in-time, not by building bones and tissues, but by leaving an imprint on a dynamic bodily process . . . This new metabolism is no longer the interface between Man and Nature, as it was for the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but a metabolism for the human condition in technical society, where the food is manufactured and designed at the molecular level, the air and the water are full of the by-products of human endeavor and manufactured environments beget different physiologies. This is the character of the study of metabolism in post-industrial nature – the layers of human intervention go all the way down.

 

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“That Man Ate All Our Shrimp! And Two Plastic Lobsters!”

hey folks, september is (roughly) the 50th anniversary of the coining of the term ‘cyborg’, and i’ve been invited by Tim of Quiet Babylon to participate in the 50 Posts About Cyborgs event which he’s curating or whatever, along with a lot of other big blogwigs you may or may not ever have heard of.

my official contribution can be read on Quiet Babylon as of sometime Monday. the project site itself is here.

in the process of trying to sort out what i was going to write about (and struggling with linking it directly to food, which emphasis i eventually decided to abandon), i got to thinking about the age old fantasy of the future which i like to refer to in shorthand as the space-food-pill. this is the idea i think we’ve all heard at one time or another of “Wouldn’t It Be Great If They Could Invent One Pill That Would Give You All Your Nutritional Requirements So You’d Never Have To Waste Time Cooking Or Eating Again?” (i’m sure you can guess how i feel about that sort of thing). to varying degrees, this idea has preoccupied us for some time, reoccurring regularly in sci-fi, but also taking shape in the”real world” as dehydrated ‘astronaut food,’ and to a certain extent, the supplements boom. by which i mean not merely vitamins, but superfoods like blue green algae and the like, supplements that dream of being substitutes; and the comparable reductionism of the juice diet.

what does this have to do with cyborgs? well, maybe lots, maybe nothing, depending on how you think about cyborgs/what you use cyborgs to think about. it’s a bit of a bigger discussion, and beside my central point, so i’ll try to condense it as effectively as possible, because it’s still worth thinking about. Continue reading

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