This is a speculative food design project from artist-led think tank, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy.
LOCI FOOD LAB is a traveling food cart for prototyping, serving and debating a range of bioregional food futures at different sites around the world.
A BIOREGION is an area bounded by natural rather than political borders, which has characteristic flora and fauna, and includes one or more ecosystems.
Loci Food Lab has traveled to the following locations serving up bio-regional bites:
2014 CASCADIA BIOREGION
2015 CELTIC BROADLEAF BIOREGION
2016 CELTIC BROADLEAF BIOREGION
2016 CA INTERIOR CHAPARRAL & WOODLANDS
Palo Alto, United States
2017 NE CHINA PLAIN DECIDUOUS FORESTS
Dalian, China (Research Piece)
2018 CELTIC BROADLEAF BIOREGION
Davos, Switzerland (Irish Bioregion)
2018 CENTRAL EUROPEAN MIXED FORESTS
2018 ENGLISH LOWLANDS BEECH FORESTS
London, United Kingdom
Visitors to the cart explore ‘bite-sized bioregionalism’ by identifying the attributes of the food system that are important to them. After identifying the three most important qualities of an ideal food system, they are served a customized, algorithmically-generated snack from a set menu of ten ingredients. The menu features crops, livestock and food products grown within the bioregion.
LOCI is currently on view at V&A in their FOOD: Bigger Than The Plate exhibition.