What’s Eating Reality?: A Food Justice and Digital Arts Forum - Leeds International Festival

7 May
18:00 - 20:30

What’s Eating Reality?: A Food Justice and Digital Arts Forum

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What’s your relationship with coffee and sugar? How much do you know about those saccharine grains and bitter grounds you reach for every morning?

This forum explores how digital art can be used to examine issues around food justice.

It will activate audiences, and question whether using creative projects to highlight inequality in the global food system can lead to changes in policy and public opinion, with the intent to move towards producing a fairer food system for all.

The event features food justice campaigners, academics, technologists, culinary artists and digital artists, all examining the use of art as a mechanism for inspiring, entertaining and informing audiences.

The evening will feature two short immersive works for smartphone by artist Maya Chowdhry which investigate our relationship with coffee and sugar.

On arrival, attendees will receive an ethically-sourced drink and snack prepared by Liverpool based chefs FoodSketz.

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Tuesday 7 May 18:00 - 20:30
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Tuesday 7 May 18:00 - 20:30
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Viv was the full first-time employee at OLIO and joined when they only had a few thousand users in North London and she now heads up Product. Prior to working at OLIO, Viv was a scientist at the Gastroenterology Lab in Hammersmith Hospital before working in growth and digital for a number of early stage companies in the music and entertainment industry. She is also a fellow of The Startup Leadership Program (SLP), a selective, training program for founders, leaders and innovators. SLP Fellows have founded over 1000 companies that have raised $450 million.  She holds a BSc in Biochemistry from McGill University.

Viv’s passion for reducing food waste started when she was in her teens. She worked at a famous Patisserie and was horrified when they threw out a rubbish bag of unsold cakes on her first day. For the rest of her time there, she took all the unsold cakes home with her and distributed them to her neighbours so they wouldn’t be wasted. Needless to say, her neighbours were very disappointed when she left that job!

OLIO is an app that connects neighbours with each other and with local shops so surplus food and other items can be shared, not thrown away. If you love food, hate waste, care about the environment or want to connect with your community, OLIO is for you. Download the app and find out more here: https://olioex.com/

Volunteer Coordinator, Hyde Park Source: “Improving health and wellbeing through improving the environment”.

Behla is passionate about linking people and local green spaces, facilitating groups that enable people to learn and share skills and support one another in the process.

Hyde Park Source is a Leeds based organisation which focuses on working in partnerships and collaborating with local communities as much as possible, in order to create safe environments for the public to enjoy, whether that’s work or play. These community led projects have been delivered for over 20 years, guided by their principles and pathways: “Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give”. Working with Primary schools, they are able to share outdoor learning experiences, enabling school teachers to bring these new ways of learning to ordinary school life.

Megan Blake is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield.  Her research considers the ways that everyday life, social institutions, and place help shape and inform the daily-life interactions and projects of individuals, reinforce or reduce social divisions, and enable or constrain access to resources.  This research contributes to debates concerning food consumption, surplus food redistribution, food and its relationship with social justice and foodscapes, innovation, everyday food insecurity and family practices. Collaborative research practices are at the heart of her work. In 2018-19 she was the first Academic in Residence for FareShare UK. She continues to support their work as well as a number of local, regional and national food networks and initiatives that seek to enable a more just foodscape.

Follow Megan’s amazing blog here: https://geofoodie.org/

Food Sketz began in 2015 as a Liverpool based collaboration, bringing together the works of Cat Smith and Alison Clare. They speak of food as a powerful tool in igniting conversation and fostering community, through its exploration of culture. Their projects include, Food For Real Festival: during spring, the focus was on seeds and the planting of new ideas.