Experimental Production

Experimental Food Design for Sustainable Futures

The two-day workshop Experimental Food Design for Sustainable Futures experiments with food as bio-design material and an accessible starting point from which to explore values, concerns and imaginaries associated with food-tech futures and climate resilience. Participants share food boundary objects, engage in foraging walk-shops, co-design scenarios and collages, and propose diverse imaginative approaches for how to nurture transformations towards sustainable futures.

Each workshop day focuses on a distinct theme: the day 1 workshop Fantastic(e)ating Food Futures: Reimagining Human Food Interactions examines interdependencies between food, eating and social practices, and critically engages with future flourishing through food-tech innovation. The day 2 Designing with More-than-Human Food Practices for Climate Resilience focuses specifically on more-than-human food practices and how they could be incorporated into food systems.

The two workshop days are thematically intertwined and have been carefully designed to be complementary: the fantastic food futures imaginaries co-created on day one lay the groundwork for thinking about plausible more-than-human food practices on day two. The workshop outcomes are now being compiled into a collaborative More-than-Human Food Futures Cookbook; also on the brew is a special issue on Experimental Food Design for Sustainable Futures with contributions from workshop participants.

The workshop organised by the Feeding Food Futures (FFF) collective and collaborators takes place in July 2020, at the Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) conference. The workshop is part of a long-term experimental design research practice of the FFF collective that activates food as a research subject, object, context; as tangible bio-design material. Starting from food as an everyday practice and concern that is highly problematic from the socio-ecological sustainability perspective, the FFF’s objective is to support collective imaginations of societal transformation, and thereby better understand how to support profound and meaningful change.