Foodways Madison Update

Foodways Madison is our a year-long exploration of the food systems that shape “how we do food.” This social practice art project includes  a residence at the Madison Public Library, a work for the Wisconsin Triennial, and a year-long workshop symposium through the university.

Below you will find a description and listings for some of the Madison events.


We’ll be giving a public talk about the complete Foodways project (Germany, Australia, and the United States)  in Community Room 301 of the Central Branch of the Madison Public Library on Monday, 14 November at 6:30pm.   Continue reading


Introducing Foodways Madison

We’ve returned to Madison, WI, after 18 months abroad, and while we’re still unpacking and finishing up loose ends and documentation from Foodways Melbourne, we’re also already fully immersed in the Foodways Madison project. After focusing on the literal movement of foods (in Darmstadt) and on people’s narratives and language about food in Melbourne, in Madison we’ll be focusing on food systems, from farms to retailers to the waste stream–but also how we can individually understand ourselves as connected to big food systems, and as creators of small food systems.

Jars of sourdough starter.

Wild-yeast sourdough starter which we built in Germany (and used for our famous pancakes) traveled to Australia and then home to Madison with us to help grow future Foodways projects.

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Foodways Melbourne Wrap-Up

We’ve posted some pretty substantial posts about the concluding elements of the Foodways Melbourne project.

Nothing else to add, really, except to say again, thank you, Melbourne.


Foodways Melbourne Walks

For the final day of the Performance Studies international conference, Spatula&Barcode recruited thirty Melbournians to offer small group introductions to Melbourne’s food culture.  Each host took 2-5 conference attendees on a two-hour excursion. Hosts and attendees were matched to accommodate dietary preferences, budget and mobility.  The “walks” took visitors away from the conference and included both meals and conversations.  Some were primarily social, while others included more performative elements. Some meals were in restaurants while others were in homes or in parks. Some groups stayed close to the university while others traveled distances across the city. Continue reading

Foodways Melbourne Procession & Feast

A range of factors led to Melbourne, and to coming for a full six months, but the “inciting incident” was an invitation from the organizers of thePerformance Studies international conference (PSi22, “Performance Climates”) to curate an event for the opening night of the conference. We knew there would be some kind of budget, and we knew there would be a built-in audience of some of the most interesting folks from around the world and from Australia, so we jumped at the chance. Continue reading

Foodways Melbourne Research

Even before we landed in Melbourne, people started talking to us about its remarkable food culture. In the airplane taxiing to the terminal, our flight attendant gave us passionate recommendations for our brunch the next day; in the taxi home, the driver told us about his favorite brunch. The following morning, our Uber driver contested the flight attendant’s advice–as we were en route to the recommended meal. So it is not surprising that the research phase for Foodways Melbourne came to focus on narrative–that is to say the ways that people talk about food. Continue reading