The Food Journey
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, 11 September 2018
A curated piece of experiential and sensory theatre developed and delivered by Community Centred Knowledge.
The Bartlett School of Architecture
UCL at Here East
About the event
This event explores what futures we can imagine together for cities and citizens through the lens of foods that have shaped London and the globe. The journey takes participants on an exploration of the history, culture, and sensory environment that surround the movement of foods and other natural materials between Africa and the Americas, with reference to Asia and Europe.
The original journeys – involving trade, trafficking and trauma – converted the produce of nature into commodities. This transformed produce from being ingrained parts of the cultural and social heritage of indigenous people into the raw materials of industrialisation. These journeys also reshaped the politics, culture and architecture of cities and the countryside alike.
What to expect
This experience led by Community Centred Knowledge invites participants into a designed space that resonates with elements of city life through a host of symbols. In this space, participants don blindfolds and are treated to an evocative, sensory experience in which they are regaled by tastes, touch, sound and smells to transport them back into the food histories of many common and uncommon foods and non-foods that make up our everyday lives.
This is followed by a period of reflection and discussion in which people are encouraged to make sense of the food and social systems they inhabit and link these to the journeys of food. The active immersion lasts 45 minutes, followed by a discussion period of one hour. You will have some time in between to collect your thoughts and reflect upon the journey.
Places at this taster event are limited – if you have an interest in food politics or are local to Hackney, please email or call 020 3108 7337 for further details.