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9 April 2013

Jodie Ahrens at the Native Botanicals Dinner. Teodora Tinc Photography.

Future Foods Lab Documentary

We had a lot of fun this summer producing the Australian Future Foods Lab with two delicious, performative events exploring the tastes, tales and sensations of our often ignored native plants. The Elixir Bar in Melbourne and the Native Botanicals Dinner at McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park took audiences on a poetic and sensory journey into a biodiverse food future. 

collaboration with award-winning artist Janet Laurence, chef Douglas McMaster (byJoost), mixologist Seb Reaburn (666 Vodka), Roundangle Studio - art of the senses and Scale Free Network, the events gave rise to unique gustatory innovations and arts-science collaborations. For those who missed the chance for a first hand experience we offer this great little documentary film (4 minutes) by Scott McNamara.

You can now read the Lab's Future Food Times, Feb 2030 edition
online, which includes a recipe for Seb's sensational finger lime and desert passionberry margarita. 
Join the Australian Future Foods Lab facebook page for updates on future food experiments, events and resources. 


Electromagnetic Harvester, Dennis Siegel.

ElectriCITY Sparks at Rocks Windmill pop-up

A windmill will soon pop-up in old town Sydney hosting a month of events exploring historical ideas, community development and sustainable living. The Rocks Windmill, brought to life by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, will be host to our ElectriCITY Sparks program, which sees the windmill as a platform for exploring our collective energy future. Presented together with our friends at Media Lab Melbourne, Carbon Arts will be jamming with the creative sector and the creative in all of us in the common cause of reducing energy use.

Over a week from 6-12 May, ElectriCITY Sparks offers films; an exhibition; a panel session with leading industry, government, artist and community members; a gadget demo of all manner of home energy management devices from the kooky to the collaborative; and a Hacker workshop for imaginative DIY and energy enthusiasts. Most events are FREE, but places are limited. Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Elwick Bay (February 1958). Photo courtesy of Margaret Corrigan.

Swimmable! Reading the River, with GASP!

Carbon Arts is thrilled to be working with GASP! (The Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park), a unique and ambitious public art space at Elwick Bay, Tasmania, to develop Swimmable! Reading the River. Envisioned as a series of artist-led initiatives that will bring legibility and community engagement to the environmental challenges of the Derwent River, Swimmable! has received Creative Partnerships development funding from the Australia Council for the Arts. We are busy preparing our workshop in Hobart this week with invited project stakeholders across the arts, science & technology, environmental management and education. Watch this space!