FOOD PHREAKS!: Biodiversity of the Kitchen is an exhibition about the ways that taste, place, technology and food shape our planet and our lives. The exhibition features ten years of recipes, menus, performances and food carts created by the Center for Genomic Gastronomy (CGG) including pieces such as Smog Tasting, Glowing Sushi and De-Extinction Deli.

Hosted by the Norwegian BioArt Arena (NOBA) and installed on the campus of VitenParken in Ås, this is the first solo show by the group to be staged in Norway and assembles a decade of artistic research under one roof. From LOCI Food Lab to the Planetary Sculpture Supper Club, this exhibition traces a journey across the planet, led by an insatiable curiosity about the organisms and environments manipulated by human food cultures.

Launched in 2010 by the Norwegian artist Cathrine Kramer (NO) and the American artist Zack Denfeld (US) the Center for Genomic Gastronomy has a mission to:

  • map food controversies
  • prototype alternative culinary futures and
  • imagine a more just, biodiverse & beautiful food system.

Since then, their artist-led think tank has been joined by the artist Emma Conley (US) and collaborated with scientists, chefs, hackers and farmers in Europe, Asia, and North America. Working between and beyond the life sciences and gastronomy the Center has presented its research into the biotechnologies and biodiversity of human food systems at the World Health Organization, Kew Gardens, Science Gallery and the V&A Museum. Visitors to the exhibition will leave with a sense of awe, disgust or delirium about how we eat today, and how we can imagine ourselves eating in the future.

Learn more about the Center for Genomic Gastronomy. 

Vernissage: 15 October, 2021

Lecture by the Center for Genomic Gastronomy: 15 October, 2021

Smak Ås: 16 October, 2021

Curator: Hege Tapio

Project lead and marketing: Elina Gobeti

Graphic design: Raquel Marques