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Introducing Foodways Melbourne

May 8, 2016

We’re in Melbourne to make the second version of our Foodways project, after piloting it in Darmstadt, Germany. While we’ve already been here a few months and done a million things, this post serves as a belated introduction to what we’re up to. Read more…

Spatula&Barcode in the Classroom

May 11, 2016

We wanted our previous post to cover the public activities of the class we taught at Federation Square; this post is more of a reflection on Spatula&Barcode in teaching contexts, and includes some discussion of working at the square and of other teaching activities we’ve done while in Melbourne. Read more…

Foodways Melbourne at Federation Square

May 11, 2016

We had the fantastic opportunity to be in residence for two weeks, with 14 fantastic postgraduate students from the Victorian College of the Arts, pursuing Foodways: Melbourne at Federation Square.


For our readers who don’t know Melbourne, Federation Square is an enormous gathering place along the Yarra River in the city’s Central Business District. It has museums, bars, restaurants, an outdoor stage, an enormous video screen, and a bold, even arresting architectural style. Here’s our student Zoe Condliffe in her Spatula&Barcode uniform in the center of the upper square. Because Melbourne’s neighborhood culture is so strong, it doesn’t feel quite precise to call Fed Square the “heart” of the city, but it’s definitely the center.

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Food Walks at Fed Square in Melbourne this Friday

April 13, 2016

We’ve been too busy making #FoodwaysMelbourne to post about it here, but the fantastic artists from VCA’s Center for Cultural Partnerships who we’ve been working with for the past two weeks at Federation Square have prepared an amazingly diverse assortment of 30-minute “food walks” that will happen throughout this Friday, 15 April. You can book a place HERE.

Preparing for Foodways Melbourne

January 1, 2016

We’ve been on a self-funded writing residency for the last few months, but the whole time we’ve been working with some wonderful partners in Australia to get ready to start making Foodways Melbourne when we arrive in January. Lots of exciting plans in the works!

Jars of sourdough starter.

Wild-yeast sourdough starter which we built in Germany (and used for our famous pancakes) will travel to Australia with us to help grow the next version of the Foodways project.

Foodways Darmstadt Wrap-Up

September 24, 2015

We’ve published six posts recapping the project Foodways Darmstadt. Here’s a hot-linked index:

1. Overview: a bit of what the project is about and how we got started in Darmstadt.

2. Marktforschung: “Market Research”–our interactions with participants in the first phase.

3. Rundgang: the tour/parade that was the most theatrical part of the project.

4. In Bewegung: “In Motion”: the day-long symposium distributed around the area.

5. Thanks/Credits: a narrative, rather than just a list, of “who made Foodways Darmstadt?”

6. Reflections: the beginnings of an essay about what we’re learning from the work.

(Note that below they appear in reverse-chronological order, blog-style.)

6. Foodways Darmstadt Reflections

September 24, 2015


Foodways Darmstadt was well received. People had fun making the maps and walking in the parade. Co-hosts seemed pleased to be showcased and demonstrated a wealth of creativity in their contributions. Demeter, one of the largest organic wholesalers in Germany, featured the project on their blog and the Foodsharers on Facebook. The buzz about the project was far greater than the number of participants.  By the third week, people we met often had already heard about the project through social networks or the press and we even received solicitations to be part of the next iteration, as though we were an ongoing local institution. Read more…


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