Your skin covers about twenty square feet. Your lungs, if you were to flatten out all the tiny air pockets, could cover hundreds of square feet. And your intestines? Counting all the little folds, some scientists estimate that your gut would blanket thousands of square feet, vastly more expansive than your skin and lungs combined. What you eat may very well be your primary interface with the outside world.

Dr. Michael Greger


On Friday, 6 September, at 17:00 we launched the Library of Digestion – a modular installation of ingredients that led to an improved digestion and went beyond the idea of food art having to revolve around the aesthetics of food. With components such as chia seeds, beets, turmeric, kimchi, ginger, texts, videos, yoga-instructions, grass, soils, and leaves, the exhibition aimed to shape our understanding of digestion by tapping into the said ingredients’ material properties, historic relevance, complex roles in digestive processes and their expansive application. The Library of Digestion provided its audience with food for thought and unraveld how digestion is not merely an anthropocentric circumstance, but a natural and interconnected one, entailing a balance between accessibility, activation, application, growth, and consumption.

The edible and non-edible ingredients were available for visitors to enjoy and/or take with them. The products were sourced from local farmers and were used in the academy’s kitchen until 18 October.

Library of Digestion was part of the Food Art Film Festival – the annual, cross-disciplinary research-festival that builds on an international as well as local network of farmers, beekeepers, chefs and scientists, alongside artists, designers and architects to demonstrate how creativity can help shape more sustainable (food)futures.

Works in the exhibition:

Room for Digestion
Soup of Biodiversity
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