Imagining the future of food, through art

August 16 / 185

Anna Madeleine, Seeds, 2016, stop-motion animations on custom display modules, beakers, dimensions variable
Anna Madeleine, Seeds, 2016, stop-motion animations on custom display modules, beakers, dimensions variable

The Carlton Connect Initiative recently opened Inheritance by artist Anna Madeleine (21 July to 26 August), as part of Absolutely Famished, a program investigating the future of food.

Curator of Absolutely Famished Dr Renee Beale is bringing together over 50 artists, scientists, and food experts for the six month program of exhibitions and events to consider food sustainability and security, and the role of technology and culture in shaping future food trends.

“We will be testing the limits of edibility, ruminating over robot farmers, 3D printing and artificial intelligence, and uncovering a deeper perception of food, to imagine what we might find in the twenty-second-century marketplace,” Dr Beale says.

The exhibition was officially opened by Dr Gregory Harper, Executive Director of Agriculture Research and Development at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

Artist Anna Madeleine said Inheritance explores the elements of our food culture that are in danger of becoming extinct due to climate change, and considers what will remain for generations to come.

“The exhibition provides an uplifting open-ended narrative through which viewers can consider alternative, more sustainable food sources, and the potential of technology to positively impact our ability to produce food into the future," she says.

Guests at the opening event also got a taste of what we could be eating in the future, with Gastronomica Apocalyptica by Sophie Lamond. This post-apocalyptic food experience presented a world where our dinner menu might include dishes like crispy crickets with mealworms in native spices; seaweed, jellyfish, ant and finger lime salad; wallaby with native fruits, shoots and leaves; and wattle seed aquafaba meringues. Maybe not for the faint-hearted, but definitely great food for thought!

Story by Renee Beale and Cristen Teen.

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