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Designing With More-than-Human Food Practices for Climate Resilience

Day 2 of the two-day workshop Experimental Food Design for Sustainable Futures—held online as part of the Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) conference in July 2020. Designing with More-than-Human Food Practices for Climate Resilience focused specifically on more-than-human food practices and and their potential role in supporting sustainable food transformations. 

A shared online working environment was pre-populated with various materials, including five ‘pantries’ stocked with examples of more-than-human oriented food practices across five food system areas: production, procurement & distribution, consumption, processing, and disposal.

Foraging, collaging and exchanging of food experiences small groups, the participants’ critical reflections and imaginations unearthed a rich variety of intriguing dilemmas. Together they created proposals for ways to plausibly embrace more-than-human perspectives in each of the food system areas, rethinking the hierarchies and values in human food processes.

Markéta Dolejšová, Sjef van Gaalen, Danielle Wilde, Paul Graham Raven, Sara Heitlinger, and Ann Light. (2020). Designing with More-than-Human Food Practices for Climate-Resilience. In Companion Publication of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ‘20 Companion). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3393914.3395909

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