EAT ART COLLECTIVE - Lukas
Translate complex and abstract topics concerned with food into something tangible though interactive experience.
Food is a personal experience and a universally shared topic. When it comes to food, everyone has their own childhood memories, family recipes and individual preferences. But food also concerns important global topics, like health, transport, sustainability, innovation, technology, and culture. Lukas Taks from EAT ART Collective observed this, and decided to use people’s personal experiences with food as a way to open up larger discussions, for example about the food supply of the future. For EAT ART, food opens up inclusive conversations about complex and abstract problems, because everyone can relate to food and has something to say about it.
This also means everyone has opinions about food, and making people rethink these convictions is hard, especially since the debate around food has become so polarized. For Lukas, “it is not about pointing a finger and telling what is good - or bad -, it is about opening up the debate and letting people think for themselves again.” Holding a debate is relatively easy, but the real challenges of this mission is to make these topics accessible for everyone. EAT ART takes on this challenge using a variety of artforms, like installations, interactive art, dinners, and workshops (see picture).
A current project that Lukas is working on is Powder to the People. It invites home chefs to use common ingredients from the food industry and include them into their food philosophy. It’s an attempt at breaking down the barrier between industrial and domestic cooking and makes people consider a more democratic and technophile approach to food systems.
Powder to the People is a long term art research project with the same exploring approach as in many earlier projects by EAT ART. The collective is not afraid of trying things; through trial and error, it keeps exploring new projects, resulting in new experiences. The participation of the audience with their installations and with each other is crucial. The introduction of new thoughts on food, they feel, is best experienced and accepted by becoming an empowered part of it.
Lukas advices to have others explore a topic with you, instead of simply telling a story. He encourages youth to retrieve the initial spark that got them into taking action and share this experience with others. “It is easy to judge or overwhelm people with information, but by taking someone by the hand you will achieve so much more”, he states. This act of inspiring is also one of the strengths of conferences for Lukas. He sees them as an incubator: a place where people can exchange ideas, get inspired, gain new perspectives and support each other. After all, no one can fight climate change alone.