This sculpture offers the vision of an imaginary future farm, a utopian machine that functions similarly to the human body, which Atelier Van Lieshout sees as the ‘ultimate system’. As the scientific possibility of futuristic, genetic-hybrid creatures advances into reality, how far, or bizarre, will we be willing to go? Will we, as humans have in past eras, embrace technology with utter faith, believing it will manage to deliver solutions to problems like our world’s diminishing resources, and the insatiable hunger we have for more possession, consumption, and power?
The Food Processor is a hybrid human-machine species, one united entity, that can take leftovers and process them with microbes and enzymes to produce new, recycled superfood. It is a technocratic, capitalist dream come true, and a triumph, in collaboration with science: the food of the future.
Food Processor (2015) was part of the following exhibition(s):
‘(UN)REAL’, Science Gallery, Rotterdam (NL), 2020
‘The Invisible Hand’, Parc Tournay de Solvay , Brussels (BE), 2016
‘Vrijstaat’, Kasteel Keukenhof, Lisse (NL), 2014