22 OCTOBER 2018
The EAT ART Collective works on the public perception of food and the system around it. They welcome all questions and translate them into interactive experiences, dinners, installations, workshops and lectures.
One of their long-term research projects is Powder to the People, which focuses on the potential role of industrial food additives in domestic kitchens. Part of this research it the art project The People's Dispensary: a shop, exhibition and online discussion platform which incites everyone to cook with industrial additives.
Create your home food scandal
The new economy, whether it is cradle to cradle, blue or donut shaped, is about closing circles. That is a dirty job. It means dealing with waste. In terms of food, food becomes poo becomes food once more and so on. If we desire a sustainable future, we had better get used to that fact. Actually, seen from a very practical point of view, many scandals from the food industry are actually ahead of consumer perception. Hair cut-offs and unsold bread can be recycled into new bread. Surpluses of dead horse can be ground into burgers and quality meat slices can be glued together for a full-size steak. This might not sound pretty, but it's efficient and reduces waste. So, let's open up to a new perspective. The secrecy around these production processes and the lies, that is a scandal. But the results are desirable. Brood with L-cysteine has a longer shelf life and horse steak can apparently be delicious. Let's introduce a new era of transparency. Celebrate innovative food practices and rejoice over previous scandals. Fight food waste, hypocrisy and de-valorisation. And we're not just talking passive consumer acceptance. With the People's Dispensary, you can now you can experiment along with the big guys and create your home food scandals with a touch of amylase, glutaminase or L-cysteine.
Photos: The People's Dispensary at the Istanbul Design Biennial, 2018