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Gastronomic Design Festival

A summer programme that moves between different disciplines focusing on our food culture. We present our first set of events that will activate our minds and senses, discovering how artistic strategies contribute to the discussion of the politics of food.

What does our food heritage look like and what is its significance in a time when our city becomes more diverse? Food can often be the first step into a culture and by working in collaboration with various designers, artists and chefs, we’ve arranged a festival that eats through different cultures.

Together we will discuss the politics of food and ask questions of how artistic strategies can contribute to the discussion of cultural heritage, migration and the political dimension of gastronomy. But mainly it’s all about having fun and eating good food!

Programme

May 10 — Dinner by Aydin & Vargö for invited guests from Invitationsdepartementet.

May 24 — ’Babette’s Feast’, Film screening & Food at Dome of Visions. Tickets: https://babettes-feast-film-food.confetti.events/

June tba — IRL, a storytelling event by HEXprocessen and an edible ice installation by Francesca Lusuardi at Brännkyrkagatan 13.

June tba — Garlic, a tasting experience by Denisa Kollarová and Nina Fránková. Location tba.

July 1 — New Cuisine, a workshop and talk at Hötorgsterassen with Ayhan Aydin, Matinstitutet and Roos Juten.


All you need to know

Tickets to our first event, a film screening on May 24th, are out now! Tickets to the rest of the programme will be released shortly.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at hej@underverk.in.

Supported by Stockholms stad.

*Image: Babette’s Feast from Curzon Artificial Eye.

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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

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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 hej@underverk.in)

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

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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!
/Josefin

Photo from Nova Iskra

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Bitter Sweet Sound: 4 October

October 4th, 13:00—17:00
Lusthuset Tegnérlunden
40kr

Meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin, Product Designer John Astburyand Experience Designer Josefin Vargö present a sensoric installation. Bitter Sweet Sound experiments with the effect of sound on taste. The installation that uses findings from Condiment Junkie to explore how the tastes of chocolate, infused popcorn and fresh pressed juice is altered when listening to different frequencies. Set in Tegnérlundens serene Pavilion. 40kr includes 3 tastings.

Supported by Stockholms Stad

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Food tasting — Potential diversity of Japanese food: 21 September

On August 31 Yurie Hama, owner of café Kikusen and Wataru Adachi from LYCKA Japan & Sweden held a Food Tasting event outside the East Asian Museum.

People could discover how different ingredients in a Japanese meal.

“A fundamental aspect of Japanese cuisine is its ability to explore the possibilities and exploit the potential of a small number of basic elements which are then turned into a large variety of another element. As an example, a soybean breaks down into Edamame, tofu, miso and soy sauce … Each offspring has a unique taste which sometimes makes us forget that they come from one element.”

If you missed the event, it will take place this Sunday, September 21, again at the same spot.

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You Are Here – Test Flight

On August 27 Pomme Van Hoof held an intergalactic travel advice installation on Mariatorget in Stockholm. By involving the public she offered an artisitc experience based on people’s choices. Pomme wanted us to “explore our cosmic neighborhood in our minds, allowing us to create our own imagery of how a journey into space might be like.

Through a fictive service, offering personal intergalactic travel advice, we can start to humanise space, make sense of its mind-blowing distances, and begin to see ourselves as part of the larger cosmos.”

You Are Here is developed under initiative of Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) and the Biennial of Design (BIO50). The final version will be presented 18.09 – 07.12.2014 in Ljubljana Slovenia.

www.mao.si
www.bio.si

Photography by Stephanie Wiegner

Supported by Stockholms Stad

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Food Lab at Tantolunden’s Pavilion

A Food Lab designed by Chef Aaron Colman and Experience Designer Josefin Vargö for Underverk’s Season 3 with public space as a theme. It was the end of summer, start of Autumn. A good time to start pickling so as to stock up over winter and time to enjoy the opportunity of being outdoors. Set in the hidden and often forgotten music pavilion in Tantolunden, Zinkensdamm. This two hour Lab explored the concept of a Hot Dog and what it could be. 3×3 hot dog inspired courses based on seasonal ingredients and one dessert hot dog were presented. Guests learned how to make a quick Japanese pickle och received a jar filled with Piccalilli to enjoy in winter. Black Lemonade made with Kurozato, a Japanese black sugar, and lemon used as a palate cleanser.

Photography: Stephanie Wiegner

Supported by Stockholms Stad

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Food Lab: 24 August

It’s the end of summer, start of Autumn and a good time to start pickling so as to stock up over winter. It’s also time to enjoy the opportunity of being outdoors. For Underverk’s Season 3 Chef Aaron Colman and Experience DesignerJosefin Vargö have designed a Food Lab set in the hidden and often forgotten music pavilion in Tantolunden, Zinkensdamm. This two hour Lab explores the concept of a Hot Dog and what it could be. There will be plenty of food to try.

Though we believe in putting plants first the lab is suitable for vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers.

August 24th, 14:00—16:00
Pavilion in Tantolunden, Zinkensdamm
250kr

Buy tickets here to secure a spot.

Photo by Josefin Vargö

Supported by Stockholms Stad

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You Are Here – Test Flight: 27 September

As part of Season 3, Experience Designer Pomme Van Hoof introduces You are Here -Test Flight, a participatory installation involving the general public.

August 27th, 16:00—21:00
Mariatorget Square

You Are Here invites you to get involved in an act of conversation and speculation to enable imagining a journey to the endless possible worlds of the universe.

Through a fictive service, offering personal intergalactic travel advice, we can start to humanise space, make sense of its mind-blowing distances, and begin to see ourselves as part of the larger cosmos.

You Are Here provides travel advisory tools to explore our cosmic neighborhood in our minds, allowing us to create our own imagery of how a journey into space might be like.

You Are Here is developed under initiative of Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) and the Biennial of Design (BIO50). The final version will be presented 18.09 – 07.12.2014 in Ljubljana Slovenia.

www.mao.si
www.bio.si

Photo by Pomme Van Hoof.

Supported by Stockholms Stad

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