DAE’s new Food Non Food department hosts its first event – “Eat Shit” – at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.

Design Academy Eindhoven is advancing a new approach to stir-up thought and action surrounding a central subject in everyone’s life throughout history: food. Aligned with DAE, the approach is design-driven, materializing in the new Food Non Food department. Headed by DAE graduate (2000) and “eating designer” Marije Vogelzang, the department’s first exhibition brings all 18 students and teachers to Milan to present “Eat Shit” at the Salone del Mobile.

Organized in collaboration with designer Jan Konings, the event addresses the politics of how, where and why we eat in a combination exhibition/public laboratory format. Topics will include contemporary food culture, and an exploration of the relationship between education and exhibition. More specifically, the event will focus on waste – on shit.

As input leads to output, an examination of shit – the natural consequence of food consumption – will be brought to light, revealing (stinky) hints of health and culture. On this subject, DAE alumnus has brought together over 400 graduation projects focusing on food or feces from 1976 till present that will be presented on a timeline. In addition, you will find a number of installations and graduation project exhibitions on display, including “Outdoor Pharmacy” by Marloes van Bennekom and Pim van Baaren’s “Holy Crap” project rethinking waste in Kathmandu.


On April 15th, Francesca Miazzo of Farming the City and parent foundation, CITIES, will host one of three DAE Breakfast Talks running the 15th – 17th. The purpose of the talks is to give the public a chance to meet with Food Non Food tutors and students, and to speak together with internationally acclaimed artists, theoreticians and designers. Held in collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund NL, the Breakfast Talks also include Francesca Piredda from DESIS Lab, industrial ecologist Barbara Putnam Cramer and Daisy Ginsberg.

As a special treat for “Eat Shit”, food curator Lucas Mullié will present “Infinite Sausage”, a food-producing machine that will provide dinner to be enjoyed with beverages in the exhibition’s courtyard space.

This April Only: Experience The Old Amsterdam Milk Tour – instantwhip foods

April 1-30, a dairy-driven temporary taste and design lab by the MelkSalon will open its doors, collaborating with CITIES for a special Old Amsterdam Milk Tour.

This April, something special is happening in Amsterdam. From the 1st through the 30th, the Pop-Up MilkSalon is opening its doors! This temporary taste and design lab brings together consumers, dairy farmers and processors, designers and scientists to all together rediscover the value of milk.

The Old Amsterdam Milk Tour is a special feature for the occasion. Organized by CITIES in collaboration with the MelkSalon, this unique edition of the Old Amsterdam Food Tour will excite your senses while reviving the rich history of milk markets and milk salons. Like all Old Amsterdam Tours, the Old Amsterdam Milk Tour will also take you to places that remain hidden even to most Amsterdammers.

Old Milano Food Tour: Discovering Food History – instantwhip foods

Discover new tastes, traditions and hidden secrets of past and present in Milano with the Old Milano Food Tour!

Water might be the most important reason for the development of Milan into what it is now. A canal like system around the city allowed farmers and traders to bring in local and ‘exotic’ products over which taxes where paid once entering the city to be then traded in one of the many markets hosted on the intimate squares of the pre-industrial city that for a long time did not know of any hygienic rules.

Today it is difficult to read the traces of the development of Milan: the old canals are hidden under the busy streets, buildings and squares have different functions and the street names are updated. Today food arrives in ways invisible to our eyes, is stored in unknown places and leaves the supermarket via the underground parking lots. However, those who look with attention to the city’s layout will discover some signs of the old Milan past in which food production, transportation and transformation had an incredible cultural and social value, which is worth bringing to life again.

mais polentatt

Since spring 2015, CITIES Foundation, in the framework of the project FARMING THE CITY and in collaboration with Food in the Streets, organizes the Old Milan Food Tour. Walking through the old city center, we bring history back to life with stories, images, delicious smells and tasting experiences. To do so, we selected 10 food-related entrepreneurs for their special relationship with the local food tradition and sustainable approaches to their daily activities. Together with these local businesses, we developed a unique experience for everyone, to be soon designed on a map available to all the participants. The map not only shows where these entrepreneurs are located nowadays, but it also introduces some of the locations where food used to be the protagonist of Milan street life.

For groups between 2 and 16 persons accept special requests to personalize the tour, with activities like workshops, lectures, lunches, aperitifs and dinners. The tour can be adapted to children, couples, adults, foodlovers, co-workers, turists, professional groups and urban explorers.

For information, single or group subscriptions or special tours, contact inge@farmingthecity.net.

International Golden Age Boat Tour and Lunch – instantwhip foods

Welcoming a crowd of international journalists, the Old Amsterdam Food Tour hosted a special Golden Age canal tour followed by an inspired Golden Age Lunch.

February 5th 2015 was no ordinary Old Amsterdam Food Tour. Hosting a group of international journalists, we cruised the canals for a special Golden Age Tour. Going from Rijksmuseum to the Hermitage, we explored numerous historical splendors of the Canal District, examining informational tid-bits such as the function of the Weigh House and the importance of the Baltic trade in grain and salted herring for the wealth of Amsterdam in the Golden Age.

For the tour’s second serving, we partnered up with our friendly culinary champions from Restaurant Moes to organize a Golden Age Lunch on Feburary 6th. Making the event even more special, lunch was held in one of the most outstanding houses on Amsterdam’s Herengracht: the beautiful 17th century ‘Huis Bartolotti’. Built around 1620, the Huis Bartolotti was designed by Hendrick de Keyser, a famous architect of the time. On the menu, we enjoyed oysters, chicken pie, salmon pie, salad with parsnips, a plate of different cheeses, quince jam, fruits and a dessert of blancmange colored with saffron.

You may also like