Taste Shop

Underverk presented a set of five dinners consisting of food and sensorial interactions to encourage thought-provoking conversations in collaboration with Deriva Paper and meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin.

How do we create a more diverse city by examining taste, smell and textures? The design and art platform Underverk teamed up with meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin and Deriva Paper to create a set of five immersive dinners that explored ingredients through the city of Stockholm. From August 25 – September 3 Taste Shop took over a container on Hötorgsterassen with the aim to create a new type of eating experience using all our senses.

“When spending a lot of time exploring the texture and taste of crops, you start to understand how much the cultivation process matters,” Ayhan Aydin says. “In order to get a more complex and alive food culture, the biological diversity is key. A carrot does not just have one type of flavour, there are variations, sometimes so small you hardly notice it. But if you give enough attention to it, you will start to appreciate it.”

While Ayhan Aydin was busy foraging wild bird cherry flowers in Fittja together with experience designer Josefin Vargö, trend analyst Jonna Dagliden Hunt has called for more conversations around the future of food, and editor of Deriva Paper, Helena Öhman, wandered the streets of Sibirien and Hötorget trying to find new ways of exploring the city through our senses. The result? Taste Shop – Dinners!

For each course we revealed the ingredients of the menu after the dinner was over. We did this in order to make the guests focus on the tastes, smells and textures of what they ate. Instead we presented each course by narrating them through a taste journey of three areas in Stockholm; Fittja, Hötorget and Sibirien.

Thanks to Vasakronan!

Photography: Christopher Hunt


Design Week 2016

During Stockholm’s Design Week 9—14 February, Underverk collaborated with experience designer Pomme van Hoof and presented KIOSK, a one-week programme showcasing different projects every day of the week by artists and designers who work with so called “intangibles”.

You may find yourself thinking, “what is this place?”, as KIOSK offered something new every day of the week. People were encouraged to stop by and find out for themselves. To look, listen, touch, wonder, taste, and talk to us.

Opening times:

Tuesday — Friday 12:00-14:00, 17:00-19:00
Saturday — Sunday 14:00-18:00

KIOSK projects:

We noticed that the shift from a more industrial and product based design to the more critical, social oriented and experience based design is something still underrepresented in Stockholm, especially during the Design Week. Three years ago Underverk took it as a challenge to fill the void and started to present alternative design meetings during the design week. With this year’s collaboration and initiative; KIOSK, broadened the general understanding of the field of Experience Design and gave it a place alongside the more traditional categories in which the public has understood design to be for a long time.

The presented projects initiated a conversation around the role of design. They lifted you up from a familiar situation (going to your local kiosk) to one that sparked the imagination of how things can be. They dealt with pushing the threshold of everyday habits and alter existing perceptions, the mundane, the stimulation of new ideas and the act of getting people out of their comfort zones.

A selected group of talented artists and designers took over the kiosk for one day of the week, transforming it into an installation, a happening, an agency, a ritual, a starting point, a place for trade or whatever they chose it to be. The projects all told different stories, and played with the perception of our five senses.

KIOSK programme:

Tuesday 9
Ayhan Aydin and Josefin Vargö: Taste the Change of Frequencies

Wednesday 10
Present-Futures: Future Fortunes’ – Planning For Chance

Thursday 11
Lundahl and Seitl: My Voice Shall Now Come From the Other Side of the Room
(an individual 20 minute experience, book in advance by emailing

Friday 12
Pomme van Hoof and Josefin Vargö with Woodstockholm: Talking Taste

Saturday 13
Angela Woda: Intangible Realty

Sunday 14
Tove Skeidsvoll: The Peripheral Project

Image: Graphic design by Ateljé Andrejs Ljunggren

Photos: Lisa Irvall


Underverk in Belgrade

I’ll be working from co-working space Nova Iskra in Belgrade, Serbia for the next two months. Besides working on our new website, Jonna and I are planning our next upcoming events and a program for Stockholm Design Week 2016. So stay tuned for that.
Send me a message if you’re in Belgrade and want to say hi!

Photo from Nova Iskra


Feminist Film Screening

Together with curator Kim McAleese, Underverk presented a set of feminist film screenings punctuated by food provided by meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin and experience designer Josefin Vargö, who translated certain elements from the film into taste.

A set of food snacks were presented during Underverk’s feminist film screenings, co-curated together with Kim McAleese.

For each film certain elements were translated into taste and interaction. Produced together with meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin.

Film 1: La Blanchisseuse, Rohesia Hamilton, 1993.

An experimental video examining the emotional and aesthetic underpinnings of the tendency that still exists for women to take a greater responsibility than men for domestic work and nurturing. The images of a woman ironing pay homage in their composition to paintings of laundresses by such artists as Edgar Degas, Honor, Daumier, Edouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and others. Many of the paintings of laundresses by these artists create an ambiguously gentle impression, portraying the task of laundry as sensual, feminine, and producing contentment.

La Blanchisseuse examines the relationship between the images with which we have grown up and the expectations women place upon themselves. Equally poignant texts; from Intrusion (Denise Levertov), Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (Adrienne Rich), and To The Lighthouse (Virginia Woolfe) scroll over the images, alluding both to the pull of tradition for a woman to provide nurturing care to others and to the sense of betrayal and rejection that can be the reward for providing such care.

FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT: Steamed dumplings, filled with foraged greens, served in linens on an ironing board. The texture is very soft, while the taste goes from subtle to bitter tones to resemble the conflict of domestic labour.

Film 2: Semiotics of the Kitchen, Martha Rosler, 1975

In this performance Rosler takes on the role of an apron-clad housewife and parodies the television cooking demonstrations popularized by Julia Child in the 1960s. Standing in a kitchen, surrounded by refrigerator, table, and stove, she moves through the alphabet from A to Z, assigning a letter to the various tools found in this domestic space. Wielding knives, a nutcracker, and a rolling pin, she warms to her task, her gestures sharply punctuating the rage and frustration of oppressive women’s roles.
Rosler has said of this work, “I was concerned with something like the notion of ‘language speaking the subject,’ and with the transformation of the woman herself into a sign in a system of signs that represent a system of food production, a system of harnessed subjectivity.”

FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT: ‘Semiotics of a carrot’; X small carrot cubes, Y dried purple carrots, Z carrot caramels, showing the value of an ingredient. This was shared on a long wooden board, between 3-4 people.

FIlm 3: Our Time Is Coming, Selma James, 1971.
Selma James, a socialist and feminist, uses her own experiences working in low-paid jobs and being a mother and housewife as a starting point in this investigation into whether women are exploited in all areas of society. Interviews with full-time housewives, and with females who work outside the home but still do almost all of the household chores, reveal the true extent of women’s work. James goes on to ask whether equal pay outside the home and a real division of housework between men and women will ever become a reality.

In 1972, a year after this programme was broadcast, a key work by Selma James, Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, was published. In this, she expands on the ideas put forward in the programme and argues that the entire labour market is built upon the unpaid work of women. Also in 1972, James set up the International Wages for Housework Campaign, which argues that running the home should be recognised as work in official statistics and that people doing this labour should be paid a wage by the government.

FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT: A big pot with a miso-dashi soup, served in paper mugs. They will huddle around two small bonfires, the perfect environment to create a communal feeling for discussions and opinions.

Supported by Stockholms Stad and CuratorLab Konstfack.

IRL ● 8 Feb
Taste Shop ● 25 August – 3 September

Together with Deriva Paper and meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin, Underverk presents a set of five dinners consisting of food and sensorial interactions to encourage thought-provoking conversations.

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25 August – 3 September 19:00 – 21:30 500 SEK Show on map
Catalogue Release ● 27 April
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