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Recipe for Disaster

15 August 2019 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm


Do you take food for granted? Recipe for Disaster, an interactive performative dinner experiment in the iconic ‘Mad Max’ South Lawn Car Park, which will compel you to consider this question closely.

Food has the capacity to bring us together. It’s familiar, relational and cultural. In times of conflict and scarcity, it also has the capacity to tear us apart. How food secure are you?

In a world with increasing ecological degradation and greater disparities between the rich and poor, food security is of increasing global concern…a food fight to avoid. In Australia we are distracted, choking and bloated on misinformation and choice about food, which in itself is a recipe for ruin.

Recipe for Disaster is an interactive performative dinner experiment in the iconic ‘Mad Max’ South Lawn Car Park. This meal will not be your conventional sit-down hoity-toity dinner, nor is it dystopian in its approach. Instead, it will be a mash-up of food courses, movements and provocations from four food experts – a speculative journey and ‘palaver’ into the future to explore how our myths, anxieties, pleasures, conveniences and comforts around food and diets in the context of a climate/everything change future. This is not catering. Food will be experienced, and expectations may be disrupted and/or savoured.

NOTE to participants: Due to the nature of the experiment, food allergies can be catered to with advanced notice, but unfortunately not food preferences.


15 August 2019
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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South Lawn Carpark
The University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC Australia


Ellie Michaelides
03 8344 6106
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Secondary students, Adults, Everyone
Environment and nature
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