XModalism Newsletter #2 - The Poetics of Food
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Greetings fellow XModalists! Welcome to the 2nd instalment of the Crossmodalism newsletter. After a whirlwind October, which featured the foundation of some very exciting future collaborations, a ritualistic and thought-provoking (though slightly too well-behaved) dinner event, a mention in The New Yorker and New Music Box, and countless meetings on the future of XModalism, we are excited for a November filled with some exciting events: the launch of FEED (an experiential platform of discussion around the human/food relationship), and a large showing at the upcoming Food Matters Live Conference. We've also connected with a XModalesque performance group in BitterSuite: fresh from their sell out performances at Wilderness Festival and The Roundhouse, we're all extremely excited to work further with this amazing team.

Much Love,

The XM.

The Poetics of Food 

November 8th, 2015 - The Ace Hotel, London Shoreditch, E1 6JQ.

Tickets available here. (LESS THAN 10 TICKETS LEFT!)

'If you can’t cook, you’ll never be independent: you will always depend on others to feed yourself'. DV

Cooking is one of the most generous of human acts, one we also happen to be confronted with several times a day. The humans that feed intuitively train their minds in embodying their guest's perceptions, to deliver more pleasurable and memorable experiences. Dining, if well performed, can be an aesthetic experience for body and mind.

The trends at the pinnacle of culinary art (not necessarily performed in expensive restaurants) are precisely about serving more than just food: we don't go to restaurants just to feed our bodies, we seek comfort – home, pleasure, meaning.

Food can be poetry; the meal is a canvas to express ideas, feelings, inspiration, thoughtfulness, wisdom. 

The day will feature inspiring talks, demonstrations, and the screening of foodshort-films. 

Speakers and participants:

Charles Michel - Chef, Scientist, Food philosopher
Atsuko Ikeda - Japanese food expert 
Cristine Leone - Head Chef & Creator of Ivy’s Mess Hall and Lobster Bar 
Gillian Riley - Food historian
Daniel Ospina - Experience designer and chef
Professor Barry Smith - Director of the Institute of Philosophy
Janice Wang - President, Oxford Blind Tasting Society 
Plating Performance - Daniel Ospina & Charles Michel 

Short food-film screening:
The Future of Food - UK premier 
Touch Hunger - Poetic food film 

The XModalists at Food Matters Live 2015

Food Sensorium
17-19 November, 2015 - ExCeL, London. Register here.

Food Matters Live has teamed up with the Crossmodal Research Laboratory, University of Oxford, to create an immersive journey through our senses, showcasing the latest insights from the exciting emerging science of Gastrophysics that is changing the way we understand food perception.

Food is one of the most multisensory of our experiences, one in which all our senses interact to create our perceptions. By understanding how the senses work, we can truly understand how we shape our beliefs, preferences and choices, which might be a key role in developing the more exciting, commercially viable, sustainable and healthy foods of the future.

Charles Michel who will be be leading the Food Sensorium at Food Matters Live said, “As chef-in-residence of the Crossmodal lab, I'm interested in using scientific methods to understand and rethink culinary creation, raising awareness on the importance of designing for all our senses in order to create the more sustainable, exciting and healthy foods experiences of the future".

Visitors will be able to get a first-hand experience of sensory illusions, olfactory tricks, sonic seasonings, and scientific experiments, amongst other entertaining and educating activities, performed by artists and scientific researchers.

A XModalist Barbecue: Sacrificial lamb, glorified vegetation. Photo: Adwoa Brown.
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