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Scrolled the internets lately? If you have you’ll no doubt have read about vegetables made of meat, meat made of vegetables, lab-grown meat, and so on. If you are what you eat, no wonder we’re all so confused. The future of food, and in particular the future of the humble sausage, is a subject that Zurich-based Dutch designer and researcher Carolien Niebling really likes to (sorry) really sink her teeth into. Carolien’s work creates a bridge between science and food, using design as the medium. She regards the sausage as “a true design object” – it is one of mankind’s first-ever designed food items, after all, “a paragon of efficient butchery…originally designed to make the most of animal protein in times of scarcity”.
In her beautiful book, The Sausage of the Future, Carolien investigates whether “the sausage [can] make a considerable contribution to a sustainable food culture?” To answer that she teamed up with a chef of molecular gastronomy and a master butcher to look into sausage production techniques and potential new ingredients – like insects, nuts and legumes… Don’t miss Carolien at Semi Permanent.
Speaker spotlight – Erik Brandt
In case you bump into graphic maestro (“und konditorei”) Erik Brandt in the queue for coffee at SP, or better, at the bar, we’ve got your back with a couple of conversation starters… Erik once had a job as a bike courier in Washington D.C.; hairy moments with large vehicles and carrying illicit cargo are good themes to dig into. He’s now based in Minneapolis, in Minnesota, which is on the banks of the Mississippi (spell all those words correctly to impress Erik!) Minneapolis is famous for Bob Dylan and Prince, and the Walker Centre for Contemporary Art, which has a very tidy-looking Herzog & de Meuron extension. Another great piece of Minneapolis architecture is the Eliel and Eero Saarinen-designed Luthernan Church.
Anyway, enough trivia, read our interview [link please] with Erik, head of design at the Minneapolis Centre for Art and Design, who has just released Ficciones Typografika 1642 – a complete documentation of the 1641 posters he pasted onto the side of his garage as a self-initiated design project across a five year period. Epic piece of work.
Tick tock, tick tock…
Have you bought your SP ticket yet? Time is ticking, don’t miss out on seeing some of the world’s best creative talent share thought-provoking, inspirational and often very personal insights into the ways they work. Get your ticket here.
Try your luck?
If you prefer to leave things to chance, enter this draw into the Stupendously Good Semi Permanent Prize Pack Giveaway. We have 12 prize packs, and each includes a two-day double-pass (i.e. bring a friend) to Semi Permanent and a whole swag of goods to a total value of around $2600. Winners will be announced on Friday 2 August
Semi Permanent Auckland
15-17 August 2019