Meeting in the fort at the end of Valletta, the group of eleven partcipants wended their way through thoughts of disasters and saving graces. FoAM led the group from a broad sweep through the influences, drivers, trends and influences that we saw as being relevant for a thriving food culture and then we leapt into Dator’s Four Futures: Continue, Collapse, Discipline and Transform.
Sketching out these stereotypes led us down some very unstereotypical paths. While continue was depressing, because in some sense it just meant more of the same, arriving at a world where the blandness of Ikea is filled with an Eco sensibility that only the moneyed and propertied (who will not die and pass it on to their children) can afford added a dimension of surprise and texture. Each of the four held similar surprises, peculiar stories and dimensions of food developments that were very unstereotypical: collapse is umami and continuation has snail caviar.
Day two will be upon us in a few hours, where the development of foodstuffs and other artefacts will be on the table. We look forward to it!
“Tasting Tomorrow – Futuring Exercise” is part of “PRESENTS OF THE FUTURE”, a project embracing a series of activities in Malta and Gozo, which build upon one another to think out load about possible futures of Europe investigating the unique perspectives of Malta.
Presents of the Future is part of the cultural program of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union with the support of Arts Council Malta and the Valletta 2018 Foundation.