Module#2 In the Age of FOODIE-ism

Workshop leader: Tue Greenfort; guest Thomas Harttung

2 November - 27 November 2015

Why and how has the quest for ever newer food experiences as a hobby and its legitimising ecological buzzwords become capitalism’s new squared playground for a global creative class?

This workshop will explore the intersections within a multidisciplinary field of tacit and critical knowledge production around the topic of food. Unfolded as learning processes and pursuing artistic research in unfamiliar ways, each workshop module will partly be organised as dérives and detailed planned visits examine alternative food production in Berlin. The participants will have a hands on opportunity to study human relationships to food as based on manifolded connectivities between fractured and problematic multi-species kinships.

Convening practices such as reading, food making and eating, fasting and farting as an integral experimental platform including the act of making art as a collective group manifestation, the workshop will focus on topics like micro organic activity and its meaning for the organic world through such lifeforms as fungus and its underlying cruciality / mycological visions; parasitism and meta-metabolism.

Tue Greenfort:

Tue Greenfort (*1973 in Holbaek / Denmark) lives and works in Berlin where he is represented by Johann König. His interdisciplinary practice deals with issues of public and private, nature and culture, corporate and personal with a direct critique of current economical and scientific production practices. Fascinated by the diverse meaning and use of the word nature, Greenfort conceives an expanded version of ecology, including the environment, social relations, and human subjectivity. Greenfort has had extensive solo presentations at South London Gallery, London (2011), the Kunstverein Braunschweig (2008) and Secession, Vienna (2007). He has participated in numerous international exhibitions including dOCUMENTA(13), and shown his works at institutions like the Kunstverein Hannover (2011), Royal Academy of Arts, London (2009), Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2009), the Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples (2008), Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007) and Witte de With, Rotterdam (2006). Among his publications the most comprising one, Linear Deflection, was published by Walther König in 2009.


Thomas Harttung

Thomas Harttung is a biodynamic farmer, forester, and food activist who was named a hero of the environment by Time magazine in 2009. He is the chair of Aarstiderne, an all-organic food provider that he co-founded in 1999. In 1999, he co-founded Aarstiderne (“the seasons” in Danish), an organic box scheme that went from being a small scale network supplying friends and family to one of the world’s largest organic box scheme with over 45,000 customers across Denmark and Sweden. Thomas also serves on the board of the Nordic Food Lab and the MAD Food Symposium.