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TCotA Forum (Inveresk) - Curators & Artist Talk | Imagining Food: art, aesthetics and design

Summary

TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

26th Mar 2017 2:00pm

End Date

26th Mar 2017 3:00pm

Venue

Lecture Theatre 1A181, Inveresk Campus

RSVP / Contact Information

Students and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Imagining Food: art, aesthetics and design. Image credit: : Fiona Lehman, Persephone's Seeds Courtesy of the artist

Imagining Food: art, aesthetics and design

Please note special scheduled time for this Arts Forum is Sunday 2 - 3.00pm

In a physiological sense, food sustains life. For all organisms, humans included, the ‘circle of life’ includes some form of food, and without it, the organism will not survive. However, for humans this basic view of food has long since become an insufficient explanation of all that we now think and feel when we hear the word ‘food’.

Imagining food: art, aesthetics and design investigates universal concerns around the topic of food. We have taken a deliberately international stance, but placed within a Tasmanian context. Tasmania is, after all, part of the global community. Themes addressed by the exhibition include:

  • Global issues: sustainable use of global resources; famine and hunger in developing nations; biosecurity/food security.
  • Social and health policy: gluten and fructose intolerance; eating disorders; childhood obesity, health education.
  • Economic issues: ownership of the means of production; ownership of the land and the firms that make our food; the role of agriculture in our economy.
  • ‘Modern’ food: organic production; vegetarian ‘options’; farmer’s markets; paddock to plate; paleo diets.
  • Human behaviour: Food as a source of pleasure/hedonism; indigenous food; rituals associated with food; food tourism

Our aim is for Imagining food: art, aesthetics and design to contribute to a greater understanding of the diversity of impacts that food has on human society, and the ramifications of these impacts on our social, economic and natural environments, through creative expression. Tasmanian artists, researchers, educators and students will present works in a variety of forms—including, paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, craft, installation and mixed media—that will add to the breadth of our knowledge about food, and reinforce to us all that food is much more than simply a means to sustains life.

Presented in partnership with the Ten Days on the Island Festival, the Institute for Regional Development, The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, The Tasmanian College of the Arts, The School of Social Sciences, the University of Tasmania Collections, Makers Space and Burnie Regional Art Gallery.

*Imagining food: art, aesthetics and design is presented as part of the Academy Gallery University Museum of Art and Science “pilot” exhibition program.

Image credit: Fiona Lehman, Persephone's Seeds Courtesy of the artist


TCotA Forum is a series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk). Students and members of the public are welcome to attend. Lectures are presented by staff, visiting scholars from Tasmania, mainland Australia and overseas, industry professionals and artists-in-residence.

Thursdays 12.30 - 1.30pm (note special time for this event)

Lecture Theatre 1A181
Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk)
Academy of the Arts
University of Tasmania
Inveresk Campus
Launceston 7250 AUSTRALIA