Food Desire & Technology
6 September - 4 October 2016
Opening: Tuesday 6 September 2016, 6-8pm
LAB-14 Gallery, Carlton Connect Initiative,
700 Swanston Street, Carlton
Food Desire & Technology explores the fragile relation between food, desire and technology. It consists of a series of playful experiments by artist Pierre Proske that engage with current or potential commercial applications of food related technology. From exploring food consumption data analytics, to questions around new gene editing tools such as CRISPR as well as a data visualization of aphrodisiacs, Proske deploys various custom software tools to produce a series of works intended to stimulate discussion around the role of new technologies as mediators of desire in the food industry.
The exhibition opening will showcase the Gastro Analytics Machine, an interactive installation that measures your emotions while you sample food or drink. In the future, food retailers will be drawing on emotion recognition and deep learning Artificial Intelligence networks to learn and predict what you like to eat. Sample a range of exotic beers and chocolates and have your response scanned, categorised, archived and visualized.
Food Desire & Technology is part of Absolutely Famished, a creative exploration of future food curated by Dr Renee Beale. Underpinned by scientific research it imagines the 22nd century marketplace.