Few places reflect the growing disconnect between contemporary food and its origins more profoundly than the artificial flavoring industry that makes its home in the swampy wetlands of Northern New Jersey. The Meadowlands have long been the dumping ground of industry and now have one of the highest concentrations of artificial flavoring factories in the world. Today, what was once a vibrant ecosystem is now a combination of remediation sites, a post-industrial landscape, and a recovering urban wilderness–producing many of the “natural flavors” we consume.
I’m presenting my new upcoming project at FEAST.
“FEAST is a recurring public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging art makers.” But really it’s a fun party, where interesting projects are presented, and the most voted project will walk away with 1k or so. Come out for a great meal and to support my project, the spice trade expedition http://feastinbklyn.org/