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Cities and Food
recent edition of The Very Short List, (veryshortlist.com) a site that
describes itself as “cultural gems from different curators brought to you
daily” delivered an enticing title: "LA
through the Lens of Food". How could I
not take the time to read it that?
turns out that "LA through the Lens of Food" was the title of a seminar and
related activities put on by the Foodprint Project (foodprintproject.com). Another
new name for me.
According to their website Foodprint Project is "an exploration of the ways food and cities give shape to
one another". Founded by Nicola Twilley
Rich, the project is punctuated by a
series of events in physical space.
Further, "foodprints look beyond the plate to the spatial, political,
cultural and economic forces that shape the way we eat".
Fascinating way to think about a
city. The titles of the sessions at the
LA seminar, held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art carried such unusual
titles as Culinary Cartography, Edible Archaeology, Feast, Famine and Other Scenarios.
But aside from the general topic,
this interesting way of thinking about a city, what intrigued me was that this
is already an international project.
Events have been held in the US (LA, Denver, New York City) and Canada
(Toronto). How far, I wonder, will it
spread? Will the Foodprint Project
follow in the path of Ghost Bikes (ghostbikes.org), Fete de la Musique (fetedelamusique.culture.fr), Play Me I’m Yours/Street Piano (streetpianos.com) and become truly
global? Will it move around the world,
inspiring, educating and engaging people across borders and cultures? Let's watch and see what happens.
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