Food Democracy

Food Democracy : Critical Lessons in Food, Communication, Design and Art

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In a world where privatisation and capitalism dominate the global economy, the essays in this book ask how to make socially responsive communication, design and art that counters the role of the food industry as a machine of consumption. Food Democracy brings together contributions from leading international scholars and activists, critical case studies of emancipatory food practices and reflections on possible models for responsive communication design and art. A section of visual communication works, creative writings and accounts of participatory art for social and environmental change - curated by the Memefest Festival of Socially Responsive Communication and Art on the theme of "Food Democracy" - are also included here. The beautifully designed book also includes a unique and delicious compilation of socially engaged recipes by the academic, artist and activist community. Aiming not just to advance scholarship, but to push ahead real change in the world, Food Democracy is essential reading for scholars and citizens alike.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 500 pages
  • 178 x 229 x 33.02mm | 1,315.42g
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783207965
  • 9781783207961
  • 674,201

Table of contents

Hungry for Change + Thirsty for Life: Socially Responsive Communication, Design and Art Kitchen and its Dishes

Oliver Vodeb

Mean Cuisine: Being a Polemical Discussion of Food in Excess of Necessity, its Uses and Abuses

Darren Tofts

The Global eat Autocracy: An Issue of Social Injustice: Cartelization of the Global Meat Industry

Cirila Toplak

A Shortage of Democracy, Not of Food and Water: Trends Shaping Today's Food Industry

Nikola Janovic Kolenc

Making Time: Food Preservation and Ontological Design

Abby Mellick Lopes, Tessa Zettel

Everything Has a Story: Decolonization, First Nations Sovereignity, and the Seventh Pillar of Food Sovereignty in the Australian Context

Sam Burch

Hungry: Self-Employment on Street Food Markets and the Political Dimension of Consumption

Aida Baghernejad

Marti Guixe's Food Designing: A Critique of Consumerism

Katherine Moline

Somewhere over the Rainbow: Cooking a Slovenian Path to a 'Better' Future

Tanja Kamin, Andreja Vezovnik, Pavlina Japelj

$$TM - The Sociosoma


Urban Agriculture in Havana Everything Fresh Including Design

Claudio Sotolongo

Food for Thought Visual Practice as Activist Research

George Petelin

Geographies of Hope

The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination

What Lies Outside the Cavern

Eugenio Tisselli

Trisikaideka | 13 | UMAMI

Veeranganakumari Solanki

The Hidden Sacrifice

Mariano Mussi

Designed Pleasure How Advertising Is Selling Food as Drugs

Oliver Vodeb

Pleasure Praxis

Oliver Vodeb

Food Democracy - Friendly Competition 2013 - Visual Communication Practice

Curated by Oliver Vodeb

Eat for Democracy

Miha Mazzini, Marko Plahuta

Edible Illusions

Ashlea Gleeson, Jack Loel

Merry Kurban Bayrami and Happy New Year

Rodolfo Medina Flores, Jakub Fiser

Seeds of Hope/Destruction

Mohammad Naser

What Are You Really Eating?

Jessica Nuzum

Michael Pollan's Food Rules

Marija Jacimovic, Benoit Detalle

Orto Diffuso

Mariella Bussolati

The DIY High Fructose Corn Syrup Kit

Maya Weinstein


Sandra Rojas

What Do We Know about the Andean Quinoa Industry?

Lucy Datyner

Happy Cow

Kate Simpson

Who do You Feed with the Food You Eat?

Maria Isabel Isaza Echeverry

Migrants in Europe

Marko Damis, Zdravko Papic (mentor and friend)


Stephan Gross

El Futuro se construye en el Campo

Andres Rodriguez

Land Grab - The Game

Katherine Jauczius

Guerilla Torches

Dylan Leak

The Perfect Tomato

Hayley Smith

Just a Little Money Involved

Sybille Neumeyer

Pick Me

Zayra Dolores

Food Democracy

Liam Matthews

The Patch

Oscar Waugh

Facing (orig. Im Angesicht)

Julia Unkel

Engineered Corn

Khaula Al Ameri

The Food Trade Apparatus (FTA)

Thomas Roohan


Scott Burns

Meet & Two Veg

Sophie Van Der Drift

How Much Is Enough?

Eugenia Demeglio, Alberto Novello

Los Ojos de las Milpa (The Eyes of Milpa)

Eugenio Tisselli (Et All)

Seed Matter

Christine Matter

Conflict in the Kitchen: Dawn Weleski and Jon Rubin

Oliver Vodeb

Living Out a Situation: The Memefest Food Democracy Brisbane Sessions, Visual Essay

Oliver Vodeb

Eat Me - Recipes

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'Food Democracy concludes with editor Vodeb's visual essay, "Living Out a Situation: The Memefest Food Democracy Brisbane Sessions," which highlights how the 2013 Festival symposium and workshop applied an extradisciplinary approach that merged experimental research with art and design. As the form and subject of this conclusion show, Food Democracy is not your traditional academic book. By including contributions from academics, activists, and professionals in fields from art, design, the social sciences, and philosophy, Vodeb expands the topic's scope and shows the benefit of interweaving a variety of approaches and research tactics. In other words, Food Democracy offers everyone a seat at the table.' -- Jennifer A. Vokoun, Design and Culture 10.2 'In this compelling collection, Memefest contributors remind us why food lies at the heart of contemporary political struggle. The single most damning truth about contemporary global society is that people continue to starve on a planet that produces enough food to nourish its entire population. This tragedy results from the use of food as a medium of control and a source of profit. The essays in this collection provide a crucial source for developing the tools and practices to support sustainable democracy in a time of global instability. Now more than ever we need the Memefest organization's prescient blend of theory and practice, aesthetics and politics.' -- Mark Andrejevic, Monash University, Pomona College 'The most effective step you can take to save the world, and yourself, is to change the way you eat. The food industry is responsible for more health problems, environmental damage, and social strife than any other. By choosing what to put in our mouths, we can heal ourselves, save the topsoil, feed the hungry, and overturn neoliberalism. Food Democracy shows the many easy, powerful, and delicious ways to achieve a sustainable future. We are what you eat.' -- Douglas Rushkoff, author, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus 'This extraordinary new book challenges us to reclaim the role of design and public communication in imagining a democratic future of food. By recognizing that representation, as well as production, distribution and consumption, is a key element in the way the global food system works, this book shows that design is crucial to determine how we think about food. As an answer to this, Oliver Vodeb has curated an inspiring collection of examples of alternative food design bringing together activists, cultural producers and academics and in the process has redefined what food design may mean.' -- Ilaria Vanni, University of Technology Sydney 'What can tactical sustenance be in a world where hunger is a part and parcel of our current strategic market systems and governance that function to maintain "food insecurity" on a global scale. Food Democracy is a direct response to navigating this Meat-Market-State by focusing on community research initiatives and artist practices of avant-gardening and beyond that can help us re-configure how our food is designed, how our food is sold, and who has access to food. This book is not just about what the problems are - but what can we do about it.' -- Ricardo Dominguez, Electronic Disturbance Theater 'This large volume is a thought-provoking hybrid between a traditional collection of essays, a set of recipes (one for each essay), and a catalogue of visual and participatory art pieces and social engagement interventions. The format is the direct reflection of Memefest and its Festival of Socially Responsive Communication, Design, and Art, whose participants and contributors believe that academia, social movements, and professional environments should not operate in silos, but interact and cross-pollinate beyond the customary institutional distinctions. Full review to be published in the International Journal of Food Design.' -- Fabio Parasecoli, The Huffington Post
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About Oliver Vodeb

Oliver Vodeb is a researcher and lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology and the founder, principal curator, and editor of the Memefest Festival of Socially Responsive Communication and Art.
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