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GastroLab | Open sauces

Open-sauces_coverFood, culture and the environment have an intricate relationship that extends back to the origin of humans as a social species. To survive, we eat; to eat, we feed the environment that feeds us – food is a product of the reciprocal connection to our ecological habitats.

[FoAM] look at food from a holistic and systemic perspective. Too often however we eat in haste, forgetting to truly taste food. Tonight we’ll focus our minds on the taste of food, with its visual, sonic, olfactory and tactile properties that can energise and invigorate.
[FoAM] have been working with Ginny from Blue Sky Catering to develop a menu around [FoAM]’s Future Fabulators food scenarios. Building concepts on the future of food: Continue, Collapse, Discipline, Transform. Together they have developed a tasting menu comprising an Aperitif,  Warm & Liquid, Coloured & Playful, Intense & Strange, Familiar & Nourishing, and Light & Ephemeral courses.

[FoAM] have documented the project and related research at their “future fabulators” research pages on their web site.
Sunday 20th April 2014, 7 for 7.30pm. £10/8

Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

FULLY BOOKED

LateLab is a collaboration between the Edinburgh International Science Festival, New Media Scotland and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.

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GastroLab | Slow Food

MediaScotSlowFoodThe second GastroLab that I have programmed with New Media Scotland for the 2014 Edinburgh Science Festival will focus the conversation on concepts of slow food.

Matthew Moore’s Lifecycles will fill the screens for the evening. Part of the larger effort of the Digital Farm Collective, these short time-lapse films educate consumers on the produce they are purchasing by showing the growing process as it happens in the field.

Kate Rich and Kayle Brandon will unpack the secret recipe of cola using essential oils with their Cube Cola project. Perfect to wash down Black Market Pudding by John O’Shea.

Simon Yuill will talk about his Stackwalker project, focusing on crofting communities and migrant workers in Scotland’s food and fish processing industries. Kevin O’Kane will Fife EATS (Edible and Tasty Spaces) project, a local initiative of unfenced public spaces which are planted with fruit, vegetable and flowers.

Ginny from Blue Sky Catering will be serving seasonal vegetables planted in edible soil with gribiche, and a very special black pudding, apple and bacon pie (with vegetarian haggis alternative). We’ll also be serving Zukr Tea Cakes with our Cube Cola.

Sunday 13th April 2014, 7 for 7.30pm. £10/8
Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

For advanced table reservations click here.

LateLab is a collaboration between the Edinburgh International Science Festival, New Media Scotland and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.

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GastroLab video

“Amanda McDonald Crowley discusses the return of the GastroLab programme to Edinburgh International Science Festival and tells of the treats coming up in the 2014 programme.”
Published on 8 Apr 2014

Interview with me on the Edinburgh Science Festival’s YouTube channel discussing the GastroLab program I have curated with New Media Scotland, as part of my 2014 Alt-w Design Informatics curatorial residency.

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GastroLab | RGB Cocktail Party

GastroLab | RGB Cocktail Party

RGB Cocktail Party was the first of three GastroLabs I programmed with New Media Scotland as their 2014 Alt-w Design Informatics Curator-in-Residence.

The host of our RGB (Red, Green, Blue) cocktail party was French-American food designer and artist Emilie Baltz. Based in New York and Paris, she works at the intersection of gastronomy, performance and the visual arts to stimulate the definition of taste by provoking the five senses in new and unexpected ways.

In this ‘Triptych for Enlightened Drinking’ audiences discovered the effects of light and colour on solids (food) and liquids (cocktails) and how they impact human psychology.

Real time visuals produced by DJ Nord bathed the laboratory with colour to complement each of the three phases of mixology. Emilie discussed the effects of the RGB colour range of the light spectrum and how they affect mood and energy levels with Gary Martin‘s Lightlog project. How does colour affect how we consume food and how it affects our bodies? Cocktails by Elaine Mason, Ericka Duffy, and Rob McHardy. Catering by Blue Sky Catering.

Sunday 6th April 2014, 7 for 7.30pm. £10/8Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

GastroLab was part of LateLab2014, a collaboration between the Edinburgh International Science Festival, New Media Scotland and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.

Photos by: Chris Scott

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New Media Scotland residency

I was invited to be 2014 Alt-w Design Informatics Curator-in-Residence with New Media Scotland. For the residency, my assignment was to work with New Media Scotland to develop a series of GastroLab events for the Edinburgh Science Festival in April 2014.

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