The ethnologist Claude Lévi-Strauss believes that cooking food was human beings’ first cultural act. Not only is food a symbol of life, but something that can give us a sense of identity. In the 21st century, food has evolved into a creative means of self-expression far beyond necessity, with resource scarcity and overproduction forcing us to rethink or methods of food production, packaging, distribution, consumption and disposal.
Food Revolution 5.0, happening at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) between Friday 19 May and Sunday 29 October, looks at the future of human nutrition in our world of unbridled growth and dwindling resources. The exhibition takes a critical look at the global food industry and the visions designers, architects and scientists are developing in response to these issues.
The exhibition is split into four narrative threads engaging with notions of food and eating – Farm, Market, Kitchen and Table – with these four lines of thought embodying the food cycle from resource and production to processing and consumption.
A temporary festival in the Nevada desert is a model for innovation in tourism – and more, says Melbourne-based researcher in Public Cultures, Bree Trevena. It’s the latest instalment in our series of articles shared from ‘Future West', a West Coast publication considering the future of urbanism through Western Australia
In a time when extraordinary experiences are being promoted by cities, towns and regions as part of a tourist package, the natural environment is under pressure to enhance its existing assets in order to be shared, liked, meme-d and appreciated. Georgia Nowak – via 'Future West (Australian Urbanism)' – looks at how new tourism infrastructure in national parks could support their conservation
Tasmanian artist Helen Wright (the artist featured on the cover of our latest print issue!) is concerned with the uneasy coalition between humans and the natural world. Through her paintings, drawings, prints and the cast sculptures we see a playful yet political reminder of the fragile balances of this relationship. Here, she shares with us some of the thinking behind her multidisciplinary practice