Questions of how we prepare and eat our food are central to MOLD’s ethos. From the Liver King’s raw meat evangelism to doomsday preppers and the drive for preservation, this year our contributors delved into the diet, examining how our manifold ways of eating reflect our cultural pressures and evolutions.

RAW LIVING WITH LIVER KINGJack Bachmann

The Liver King is a TikTok influencer who promotes a raw meat diet as a step towards a primal lifestyle where masculinity is celebrated for its aggression and physical prowess. Jack Bachmann dissects the diet’s rise in popularity through its colonial origin and the feminine and masculine traits we assign to food, unearthing the ways in which we convolute the modern diet with contemporary society. 

Artwork courtesy of Kristi Huynh.

Competitive eating has been drawing crowds since the 19th century. Holly Eliza Temple examines its historic reverence and the ways in which our attitude towards weight has shifted since the early 20th century. Today, competitive eating is an internationally sponsored phenomenon, yet in a world full of food insecurity, we are left wondering, what value is there in watching a human body pushed to its consuming limits?

Artwork courtesy of Kristi Huynh.

The preservation of food is an act of world building, Adriana Gallo describes. From doomsday preppers to fermentation, Adriana considers how preservation allows us to begin to build a relationship with rot, decay and death.

Artwork courtesy of Adriana Gallo.

EATING IN THE NIGHT SEASONJohn P. Kazior

John P. Kazior examines the food systems designed by the arctic indigenous S├ími, who inhabit the northernmost regions of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia. Their multi-species awareness creates a locally attuned ecosystem which is able to survive under the most extreme climate conditions. This approach to food production design challenges the brittle supply chains that currently uphold our food systems and explores how designing for a multi-species future is essential to our survival with the onslaught of climate change.  

Artwork courtesy of Khoi Pham.

Artist suea opens up about the personal inspirations that motivate her unique food design in a conversation with Isabel Ling. Pulling from her Korean-American upbringing, career in fashion and editorial design as well as personal interest in interior design, suea explores the many possibilities within food as objects of satisfaction, whether eaten or observed through ritual. 

A miniature metal chair frame against a white sheet background. Instead of chair cushions, there are onigiri fashioned in the shape of cushions.
Image courtesy of suea.