Art and Food

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  • Fences | Martina Lynch | Change Food Fest

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    Martina Lynch, hip hop and spoken word artist and CEO of Taharka Brothers ice cream company, speaks about creating conversation through the art of storytelling and food. Taharka Brothers uses their award-winning ice creams, sorbets, and business initiatives to party for the right to fight for a better and brighter tomorrow. Watch her perform Fences, inspired by August Wilson, which was also interpreted into a ice cream flavor for Taharka Brothers. Read More

  • We Are What We Eat – Henry Hargreaves

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    Photographer Henry Hargreaves shares with us what end of the world advocates, or doomsday preppers, are doing to preserve and save food for the end of life as we know it.  Through a photo essay in which he recreates meals and food that people around the country are saving, Henry shows us different ways people think about food. Read More

  • Reigniting the Soul of Farming – Nikiko Masumoto

    TEDxManhattan

    Farmer, performance artist and activist Nikiko Masumoto gives us her vision of what farming should be in her amazing talk/performance. Read More

  • Marketing Environmental HipHop and Culinary Wellness – Alkemia Earth

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    Vegan rapper DJ Cavem and wife and DJ Alkemia Earth perform and talk about healthy food. Read More

  • Tattfoo Tan at Storytelling and Food – Tattfoo Tan

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    Hi! My name is Tattfoo. Thanks for coming. Thanks for having me today. I’m an artist and I don’t do any photograph or painting. But I do what they currently call social sculpture. So basically it’s just how I live my life. So I’m just curious and I learn things. And then once I learn things, I practice them. After that I teach them. So it’s sort of like that process that I’m doing. And since we are in a start-up company, tech company. I also envelop that sort of … Read More

  • Ava Chin at Storytelling and Food – Ava Chin

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    Hi, everybody. Can you hear me alright, just out of curiosity? Okay. I can project because I used to be a slam poet. This is a food poem called “Wun Yee. Muk Yee. Cloud Ear Fungus. Does it grow on land or in the sea?” My grandfather holds the tiny cloud ears running under a tap. His restaurant worker hands acting like a colander, sifting dust and water from food. I watch from my perch on the kitchen stool as the tiny black fungi the size my shirt buttons lying … Read More

  • Sean Kaminsky and Lee Brooks at Storytelling and Food – Sean Kaminsky and Lee Brooks

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    Sean: Thank you first of all for having us here. We’re very excited. Lee’s going to be joining me in a minute. And I didn’t actually realize that Lee was a singer. And if I had known I would have had him do more singing in Open Sesame, The Story of Seeds. But I wanted to start and just give a little background in terms of how the film began. I started the film in 2009. It was originally going to be an experimental project looking at what happens when … Read More

  • Henry Hargreaves at Storytelling and Food – Henry Hargreaves

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    Photographer Henry Hargreaves uses food in surprising ways in his work, with the goal of “trying to get people to re-connect with food in a fun way.” Some of the work he showed included: Jello Presidents – portraits of each U.S. president created out of gelatin, color coded based on the elements of the US flag – red, white, blue and stars. The colors reflect their political party, how many terms they served and if they died in office. Food Maps – maps of countries and continents created using foods native … Read More

  • Panel Discussion at Storytelling and Food

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    The work of these artists demonstrates the role that art can play in inspiring conversation and thought and perhaps even motivating people to make changes when it comes to their relationship with food. A picture of a doughnut set ablaze, film of seeds sprouting set to music, a poem about family and cooking and a placemat with colored squares inspired by produce and reminding you to “get your daily dose of color” may tap into emotions unlikely to be engaged by, for example, a newspaper article about nutrition. Clearly, as … Read More

  • How Art Can Change the Way We Eat – Matthew Moore

    TEDxManhattan

    Matthew Moore is a 4th generation family farmer from Arizona, however he will be the last. Trying to make sense of the value we place on the land and our connection to it, Matthew creates floor plans from wheat and installs time lapse videos of broccoli growing in grocery stores. Watch how the land springs to life! … Read More

  • Celebrating Resilience – Reframing the Narrative Around Our Students – Clint Smith

    TEDxManhattan

    “So often we focus so much on the quicksand, that we fail to see what has refused to drown.” In this inspiring performance, Clint Smith discusses the challenges faced by his students in Southeast Washington, DC, and how we can reframe the narrative surrounding these challenges to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments rather than focusing on their hardships. Read More

  • The Tree of Forty Fruit – Sam Van Aken

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    During the 19th century, central New York was one of the largest producers of stone fruits. Today they are only grown by a few producers. Artist, Sam Van Aken, brings light to the lack of diversity and monoculture by grafting 40 varieties of stone fruits onto a single tree including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and cherries. Read More