Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 18:00
South Lawn Carpark, The University of Melbourne


Do you take food for granted?  

Food has the capacity to bring us together. Its familiar, relational and cultural. In times of conflict and scarcity, it also has the capacity to tear us apart. How food secure are you?  

In a world with increasing ecological degradation and greater disparities between the rich and poor, food security is of increasing global concern…a food fight to avoid. In Australia we are distracted, choking and bloated on misinformation and choice about food, which in itself is a recipe for ruin. 

Recipe for Disaster is an interactive performative dinner experiment in the iconic ‘Mad Max’ South Lawn Car Park. This meal will not be your conventional sit-down hoity-toity dinner, nor is it dystopian in its approach. Instead, it will be a mash-up of food courses, movements and provocations from four food experts – a speculative journey and ‘palaver’ into the future to explore how our myths, anxieties, pleasures, conveniences and comforts around food and diets in the context of a climate/everything change future. This is not catering. Food will be experienced, and expectations may be disrupted and/or savoured. 

NOTE to participants: Due to the nature of the experiment, food allergies can be catered to with advanced notice, but unfortunately not food preferences. 


Dr Jen Rae is a Narrm (Melbourne)-based artist-researcher of Canadian Métis-Scottish descent. Her 15-year practice-led research expertise is in the discursive field of contemporary environmental art and arts-based environmental communication. It is centered around cultural responses to climate change, specifically the role of artists. Her work is engaged in discourses around food in/security, disaster preparedness and speculative futures predominantly articulated through multi-platform creative projects, transdisciplinary collaborative methodologies, and community alliances. Jen is the Director and Creative Lead of Fair Share Fare – where art, performance, disaster preparedness and cookery collide disrupting expectations and busting myths.

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Photo credit: Jen Rae