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Experiments with enough – Day 70

Experiments with enough – Day 70

A day immersed in the future. Continuing on yesterday’s workshop with FOAM, a group of us spent the day diving deeper into the 4 future scenarios we started imagining yesterday. We came up with what situations from these scenarios would taste like, what ingredients would be in them, how food would be served and what stories would be told within them.

It’s fascinating to imagine the details of a particular future and the steps that have led to that particular situation. We had fish slime as a potential ingredient, an Ikea eco-Gozo island where citizens can only buy their way in, mezcal as a ceremonial drink in a society that has super respect for water, pirates, disappearing ingredients and a whole more.

This will all be channeled into food and artefacts for the exhibition opening on May 5th. The question that’s running around in my head: how do we transmit all the rich stories we came up with to those experiencing the exhibition?

Tasting Tomorrow | Experiments with enough

Tasting Tomorrow | Experiments with enough

Experiments with enough – Day 69

Experiments with enough – Day 69

Future crafting day. Today I was part of a day long workshop that tried to imagine what a food future for Malta might look like. Facilitors Maja and Nik from ‘transdisciplinary laboratory’ foam helped us imagine 4 scenarios of the future: a continuation of the present, a collapse, forced change and transformation. We looked at futures from 5 to 500 years in the present trying to imagine what each scenario looks like, what the food system in it looks like and how things work there.

It intermittently felt like play and something serious, which usually means it’s a worthwhile and valid thing. There’s more of that coming tomorrow.

Tonight I got an email saying that my most recent project proposal has been unceremoniously rejected. Which left me feeling both very disapppointed and dejected. I thought this proposal was a solid thing but things still seem to have fallen through. I have no idea if it’s salvageable or not but I definitely aim to learn more about the dynamics behind the whole thing. At the end of the day I know things all work out eventually, this phase is not my fave though.

Proposals aside, I had some great conversations tonight that reminded me to re focus my attention on documentation and on doing it a lot better for my own projects first and foremost. I love documenting processes and happenings and there is so much need for learning to do it effectively without getting I need the way of things. It is most definitely a needed thing. Let’s see where this goes.

Update: My project partner pointed out that the email that we received referred to a different project title to ours. It’s  funny how the mind runs with things without fact checking sometimes. So the jury is still very much out as to whether or not our project will go through.

Experiments with enough – Day 19

Experiments with enough – Day 19

At the end of today I feel full of creative energy, inspired, calm, joyful, connected, full of love and also rather tired. It’s been an active and eventful day.

It started with yoga. I finally got to the last day in the 31 Day Yoga Revolution thing I was following on Facebook and did the last flow practice of the series. What next for my mornings?

A hurried fruit breakfast and shower later I power-walked to Floriana for the four hours of the day when I wear my corporate marketing hat. This morning I mostly concentrated on a review of email marketing templates, trying to figure out what is extra, what is missing, what could be more effective in fulfilling the needs it was trying to fulfil. I had a training call cancelled because my contact was trying to get a photo of the Queen. That’s definitely a first.

At about 1:15pm I headed to the ID Cards office to finally apply for my card. It was a waltz from one office to the next. Reception to office 1 to office 2 to office 3 to office 4. Each office does one little step in the grand journey that ended with a pink sheet of paper which is essentially my ID card until the actual one arrives.

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The afternoon was dedicated to food networks in Malta. Time’s Up, an organisation based in Austria that describes itself as a laboratory for the construction of experimental situations, organised a workshop entitled Tasting Tomorrow. Part of their series of workshops about possible futures, this one was facilitated by FOAM – a network of generalists who aim to find connections and intersections between art, science, nature and everyday life, this time through food. They brought together an admirable array of food organisations, businesses, interested people to map out the current situation, identify gaps and also list resources and needs within it. The attendee list veered very strongly towards the healthy, conscious, fair trade kind of businesses / organisation so it was not representative of the whole system, however it was absolutely wonderful to have such a collection of people come together. I learnt about many new projects, met new people, saw some possibilities for collaboration where our ideas intersected. I left the place energised and enthusiastic and very much looking forward to seeing what will eventually come out of this.

Last stop for the day was Inizjamed’s Open Mic night in Splendid, Strada Stretta. It was SO beautiful to sit amongst an interested, engaged crowd and listen to moving poetry, stories, music by many very talented humans. I really realised how much I miss writing poetry and how I long to get back to it. Soon, soon 🙂