Tasting Tomorrow

Posted May 12, 2017 by Nik Gaffney and Maja Kuzmanović

Tasting Tomorrow is a series of futuring workshops about food as a manifestation of Maltese and European diversity. Together with local experts and enthusiasts we explored the question "What might a thriving food culture in Malta look like?"

We searched for answers in the mapping of interesting food initiatives, through designing divergent scenarios and prototyping speculative dishes and artefacts. Since all futures are rooted in the present, we wondered what was currently emerging or changing in Maltese food culture. How could these changes propagate in a range of possible futures? Which changes are already underway, what things might remain the same, and how would look different in 5, 50 or 500 years?

Our answers were elaborated into scenarios which pointed to several divergent futures. Signals in the present functioned as guiding lights or warning signs. In each of the vibrant scenarios, a "thriving food culture" took on varying forms and meaning; from colourful urban picnics, pirate spice raids and mutated street food, to food as medicine, drought resistant crops and rewilding of culinary traditions. Participants explored ways in which they could proactively contribute to the futures they prefer, while discovering ways to adapt to any future that may unfold. Bringing our speculations back to the present, we imagined how these futures could be prototyped today, how to make the stories tangible, edible and discussable. In a series of culinary prototyping sessions we cooked up menus from these alternate futures. Together with local artists, chefs, farmers and other food providers, scenarios were translated into stories, recipes, dishes and related miscellaneous objects, as if they had been reconstructed, preserved and archived by archeologists of a possible future.

Tasting Tomorrow Album (click on the arrows to browse the photos of the process and results)

Tasting Tomorrow was developed by FoAM (Maja Kuzmanovic and Nik Gaffney), in collaboration with Time's Up, Greta Muscat Azzopardi, Natalie Debono and Gaby Giacchino, with contributions from Kurt Micallef, Letta Shtohryn, Johannes Buch, Kurt Misfud, Stephen La Rosa, Diemo Gebhardt, Studio Solipsis and the Tasting Tomorrow Fieldwork participants.