How will we eat in the future? | Food revolution 5.0

Henk WildschutFood, Fotoserie, 2012© Henk Wildschut
How will we eat in the future? 
the exhibition food revolution 5.0, which was initiated by MKG Hamburg in 2017, is now on show in Berlin at the Kunstgewerbemuseum until September 30th, 2018. The exhibition gives insights and thought-provoking impulses, it opens up questions to rethink our way of eating, the way we produce and consume food, points out facts and circumstances of how climate change and agriculture, food and politics are related and also gives room to a playground of wild ideas, of what our future of food could look like.
For the Berlin show, more than 30 designers address the topic of the future of food. Even though this exhibition is only an excerpt from the original one in Hamburg, it does give a broad overview on future food concepts and definitely makes hungry for more.
Entering the museum campus of the Kulturforum, you are welcomed by a temporary urban garden installation: fruit trees, nurtured with artificial nutrients through a intravenous drip bag, along with boxes full of herbs and other small edible plants, inviting the visitor to relax and harvest.
The exhibition is clustered into four themes: you start the tour with future farm scenarios – what will farming in the future look like? Will we be able to make farming both efficient and sustainable? Or will we have to invent new foods that suit our new lifestyle?
From the farm, you move on to the table. During the past years our eating habits have changed tremendously – fast food, street food, snacking, no more fixed eating hours or family dinners, overeating versus hunger. Will we develop new tools, rituals and ways of eating?
In the market section, ways of distribution are discussed and questioned. How are politics linked to our trading systems? Will we re-establish local markets? What about robots – will they handle future markets and distribution? We don’t know many things and maybe we even don’t want to know others… but knowledge is key, so reading carefully through the critical works might give us deeper insights and help us make better choices.
Finally, you arrive in the kitchen, where different ways of food preparation and ingredients are introduced. Ranging from craft and tradition inspired designs to lab-like food tools and new food products  –  future can be diverse and is not yet defined.
So how do YOU want to eat in the future? Food Revolution 5.0 opens up many topics to get discussions started and to re-think our eating habits. But as a matter of fact, we are what we eat and by doing so, we also shape the way we will eat in the future.
Text by our German correspondent Inés Lauber.
The exhibition Food revolution 5.0 will be on show until september 30st. at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin and will travel to Gewerbemuseum Winterthur in Switzerland where it will be on show from Dec. the 2nd to April 28th 2019.
Paul Gong, Human Hyena, 2014, © Paul Gong, Foto | Foto: Andrew Kan
Officina Corpuscoli – Maurizio Montalti, System Synthetics, seit 2011, © Maurizio Montalti
Matton Office, Ton Matton & Björn Ortfeldurbane StreuObstWiese (don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me), 2018© Matton Office, Ton Matton/Björn Ortfeld (design)

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