FOODSCAPES Exhibition Opening

CAFx invites you to the opening of the exhibition FOODSCAPES with drinks and introductions by the curators from the Spanish Pavilion during the 18th International Venice Architecture Biennale.

Join us for the opening of the exhibition FOODSCAPES, this year’s Spanish contribution to the Architecture Biennial in Venice, adapted to Halmtorvet 27 and the local context by CAFx.

At the event, you can meet the curators Eduardo Castillo-Vinuesa and Manuel Ocaña and the Future Foodscapes Research Unit, who will present the exhibition and their work. Afterwards, we will serve drinks. The event is free – just come by!

FOODSCAPES – By Eating We Digest Territories

Every time we eat, without being aware of it, we connect our plate to a plethora of remote sites: supermarkets, greenhouses, farms, cold chains, logistics networks, warehouses, and wastelands. But regrettably, the architecture facilitating these processes rarely garners attention and does not grace the pages of glossy architectural magazines, remaining mostly unnoticed despite its immense importance. Yet, in a world where every bite we take reverberates across the planet, now more than ever, we must redesign these food systems with their ecosystemic implications in mind.

FOODSCAPES prompts us to focus on the overlooked but crucial architecture that supports our food systems, from the domestic laboratories of our kitchens to the vast operational landscapes that nourish our cities.

The exhibition is composed of three main parts: an audiovisual project of five short films, an archive in the form of a recipe book, and a comprehensive public programme:

Part 1: The short films—the food system as an architecture

If the agri-food system is an architecture, then what is its anatomy? The main course of foodscapes is an audiovisual feast of five short films, each delving into a distinct layer of the agrologistic process: FOUNDATION, PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, CONSUMPTION and DIGESTION. Crafted by interdisciplinary teams of architects and filmmakers, these episodes are insightful explorations into the systemic, political and ecological implications of the architectures behind our meals.

Part 2: The total recipes—11 case studies exploring the agri-food system end-to-end

Whereas the short films offer an in-depth taxonomy of the constitutive layers of the food system, the total recipes are case studies of how different dishes cut across the five layers, providing a cross-section of how the entire system works. Unlike traditional recipes, which only cover the mixing protocols of the ingredients readily available in our kitchens, these TOTAL RECIPES go further to encompass the long infrastructural chain that is necessary for their elaboration.

Part 3: Public Programme

While the short films and various recipes examine the current state of our foodscapes, the core of the exhibition is a public programme of collaborative research aimed at envisioning future sustainable models for feeding the world without devouring the planet. Through lectures, workshops, film screenings, and guided tours, we extend an invitation for you to engage in an exploration of the intricacies of global food systems, encouraging deeper understandings, unearthing hidden narratives, and cultivating a collective commitment to building more sustainable, equitable, and resilient futures.

FOODSCAPES is curated by Eduardo Castillo-Vinuesa and Manuel Ocaña for the Spanish Pavilion during the 18th International Venice Architecture Biennale. The project has been brought to Copenhagen and adapted to its space and local context by CAFx.

The exhibition was initially commissioned by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Agenda of the Government of Spain in collaboration with AC/E and AECID, and the support of Arquia Foundation, TBA21 and ECF.

Its Danish version has been made possible with the generous support of Realdania, The Municipality of Copenhagen, and The European Platform LINA supported by Creative Europe.