New exhibition challenges visitors to imagine the future of food

Press Release

The future of food may look different than we think.

Opening to the public in April, 2019, Edible Futures: Food for Tomorrow is a travelling exhibition curated by the Dutch Institute of Food & Design and presented by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and comes to Toronto in January, 2020. It offers a series of thought-provoking art installations that invite visitors to reflect on our shared food future. Presenting multiple perspectives on global food security issues such as climate change, declining fresh water supply, loss of biodiversity, food waste, and the gap between producers and consumers, Edible Futures asks visitors to imagine what the future of food will look like, and what role each of us might play in changing it.

Bridging the gap between the science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) disciplines, Edible Futures presents 13 international artists’ designs. Each design brings its own stimulating point of view, and raises questions on how we deal with food and technology. Visitors can experience the artworks from imagined perspectives — the roles of consumer or producer — via two personalized audio guide narratives, offering the unique opportunity to engage with the exhibition from multiple viewpoints. In each narrative, visitors are transported to alternative futures, where they are invited to step outside the confines of reality and reflect freely on the future of food.

Edible Futures will be on display at the International Design Show at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto from Jan. 16-19, 2020.

About the Dutch Institute of Food & Design
The Dutch Institute of Food & Design (DIFD) creates a global platform for designers working with food and eating. DIFD explores how we create food and what, why, and how we eat. We show the relevance of food connected to design and design connected to food. We ask critical questions about the discipline and link designers to each other and other sectors. The DIFD brings an emerging design discipline to the next level. With our final goal in mind: to enrich eating cultures and address the societal and environmental challenges around food using design as a tool to achieve this.

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