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Food Think Tank

Cooperation since 2014
www.foodthinktank.pl

Food Think Tank is a foundation, collective, grassroots movement. We operate mainly in Wrocław, where we have built a platform that connects experts from many areas of science and art. We are, among others, chefs, baristas, ceramic artists, designers, craftsmen, musicians, architects, photographers, filmmakers, scientists, breeders and engineers. An FTT does not have a fixed composition or specific structure. It is more like a web. Such a wide spectrum of industries allows for a dynamic exchange of knowledge and experience, where everyone is treated as an equal member of the discussion while working on the project. The educational value of the collective's activities is particularly evident in large multidisciplinary undertakings, where everyone works together to create a new vision of culinary arts. We share a passion for what we do every day, a cult of work, respect for tradition and roots, care for quality and uncompromising attitude. Collaboration allows us to see a multitude of reference points, sheds a different light on individual activities, and opens up new research perspectives. We rely on our knowledge and experience, but also let our intuition speak. Any methods are allowed here. We do not define what ‘we want to have’ but what we want to ‘check, experience’. Thus, we focus on the process, not the product. We make a series of trials, allowing ourselves to make mistakes and treating them as lessons. A characteristic feature of our initiatives is leaving the comfort zone – both by ourselves and our recipients. The assumption of participation in projects is to cross the boundaries of your own discipline, entering risky, unknown areas, so each of us defines our goal, which is a challenge for him. We conduct experiments in our own studios, laboratories and kitchens that are open to others. We can observe the entire process at all its stages. We share the progress of work with the rest of the group on the forum. We are masters and students at the same time. We are guided by the slogan: ‘the more you give, the more you get’. We look for a language beyond divisions, we learn to translate complicated processes in a way that is accessible to a diverse group of recipients. We invite them to experience an adventure, explore the limits of their own body and mind, and often exceed the limits of ‘good taste’. We offer experiences that engage all senses, including stimulating them with appropriately composed music, fragrances developed in laboratories and vessel surfaces. We explore the tradition of our ancestors by combining it with technological novelties. In a reality dominated by money and success, we see our activities as a certain alternative, for example to the traditional model of education. We believe that more and more people will support this view of the world, making it a more friendly place for all beings.

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Migrant Food Language

2018-2019, ceramics, glass
Cooperations: Marika Bider, Wiktoria Borowiec, Joanna Bujak, Regina Dziki, Karolina Gardzilewicz, Agata Jackiewicz, Marta Olejniczak, Marta Pazdur, Karolina Pierzchała, Dominika Pinczak, Iga Staszczak, Maria Wojtaszek

 

Food is the element that unites us all. Regardless of the country or culture, our cuisine says a lot about us as people. MFL is a project that consists in creating a universal language of symbols understandable to anyone, anywhere in the world. A language that is a general communication tool based on human senses and empathy that allows you to abandon all barriers.
One of the stages of the project was based on organoleptic tests. During dinners open to the public, we checked how the dishes, the form of serving and their surroundings affect the senses and the manner of reception of a meal. We have eliminated sight and speech from the area of our search, thus losing the sense of time and social barriers. For the members of the group responsible for the design and realization of the vessels (artists and designers of ceramics and glass), the biggest challenge was to reject the visual paradigm on which they are based on a daily basis.
The effects of the work were presented during a culinary performance at the WRO Art Center in Wrocław. In a completely darkened space there was a dinner consisting of an extreme experience of the senses, the texture of the dishes, the structure of the food, the analysis of sounds and smells.

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Root – case study

2016-2017, ceramics, glass, wicker
Cooperation: Katarzyna Kowalska, Paulina Matusik, Dominika Pinczak, Anna Krycia, Agata Jackiewicz, Dominika Kulczyńska, Katarzyna Mazurek, Małgorzata Maternik, Patrycja Śliwińska-Michałek, Mateusz Peringer, Maria Wojtaszek, Martyna Powroźnik, Monika Kozłowska

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Forest - installation

2015, ceramics
Cooperation: Ewelina Birut, Katarzyna Mazurek, Aleksandra Osowska, Patrycja Śliwińska

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Theatrical props

2016, props for the play ‘Grimm: Black Snow’ – The Polish Theatre in Wrocław
Direction: Łukasz Twarkowski
Dramaturgy: Anka Herbut

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Soil and Water

2015, ceramics
Cooperation: Ewelina Birut, Katarzyna Mazurek, Aleksandra Osowska, Patrycja Śliwińska

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Orchard and Fire

2014, ceramics

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