Artist Talk : Zack Denfeld/Outreach Coordinator/Center for Genomic Gastronomy

7 Oct 2012 -
14:00 to 16:00

(SKUR 2 | kl.14.00 - 16.00 | Tickets: 50 NOK | in English)

Eating in the Anthropocene: Transgenic Fish, Mutagenic Fruit and Space Potatoes

The Center for Genomic Gastronomy has spent the last two years acquiring, cooking and eating unexpected ingredients including: transgenic zebrafish, mutagenic grapefruit, sweetened air pollution and sweet potatoes from outer space. Each of these ingredients is the result of human intervention in living systems at the level of organism, ecosystem and even the entire biosphere. In this talk, Zack Denfeld, the outreach coordinator for the Center, will make connections between unexpected ingredients, human food systems and planetary change.

Part 1 of the talk will introduce the audience to 2-years worth of recipes for some of the more bizarre biotechnologies and genomes that make up the human food system on planet earth, including: Glowing Sushi, Mutagenic Mist and Pharm-Fresh Space Noodles.

In Pat 2 of the talk the audience can help decide what kinds of ingredients they would refuse to eat, and what kind of ingredients and cuisine they desire for the future. We will discuss utopian cuisines, resilient biotechnologies and eaters as agents of selection.

In Part 3 I will provide access to resources and propose possible projects for food hackers, such as mining the IAEA's database of radiation breeding, eating things that weren't meant to be eaten and defending agricultural biodiversity.

By introducing less well known stories from the history of food and technology, and providing access to resources I hope to get more foodies curious about exploring, questioning and redesigning the food system at the level of organism and ingredient.