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Fantastic(e)ating Food Futures & More-than-Human Food Practices

The two-day online workshop Experimental Food Design for Sustainable Futures experiments with food as bio-design material and socio-culturally potent, aesthetically rich starting point from which to critically reflect on social and ecological uncertainties. Participants will co-design scenarios, prototypes and artifacts, engage in foraging ‘walk-shops’ in their kitchens and pantries, and propose diverse imaginative approaches to nurture transformations towards positive sustainable futures. The workshop is organised as part of the Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2020 conference that has been moved into virtual space, in light of the ongoing pandemic.

Day 1 – July 6, 2020:

Fantastic(e)ating Food Futures: Reimagining Human Food Interactions

The day 1 workshop Fantastic(e)ating Food Futures: Reimagining Human Food Interactions  uses food to examine interdependencies between food, eating, and social practices and critically engage with future flourishing through food-tech innovation. Rather than designing solutions, we will ‘fantasticate’ future food ideas and approach food-tech practices as contested areas navigated by multiple human and non-human stakeholders. We will interrogate the advantages and challenges that new food technologies bring into peoples’ lives and speculate how they might inform or frustrate the development of sustainable food futures.

Day 2 – July 7, 2020:

Designing with More-than-Human Food Practices for Climate Resilience

The day 2 workshop Designing with More-than-Human Food Practices for Climate Resilience uses experimental food design co-creation to reflect on climate change issues and explore existing mitigation proposals. Acknowledging that human-food practices are a key driver of climate change, we will use prototyping and scenario development to speculate how more-than-human perspectives might be included to support sustainability. We will examine climate-change mitigation proposals and imagine their plausible implementations as climate-resilient food practices, emphasizing more-than-human concerns.

The two workshop days are thematically intertwined and have been carefully designed to be complementary. Participants have the option to sign up for both workshop days or for one day only; two-day participation is encouraged.

The two-day workshop creates an interdisciplinary forum to share experiences, creative practices, and imaginations concerning social transformation towards desirable sustainable futures. We invite submissions from researchers, designers, practitioners, and others interested in food as a research and/or design material that enables diverse co-creative engagements. All participants will be invited to contribute towards a special issue of the International Journal of Food Design, confirmed for early 2021.