Edible Speculations: Designing Everyday Oracles for Food Futures

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Digital food technologies carry promise for better food futures but they are often problematic in their impact on food cultures and practices. While proponents suggest that food-tech products such as smart kitchenware or diet personalisation services can support efficient food practices, critics highlight various risks. This paper presents our findings from Edible Speculations, a long-term design research project exploring the contested space of food-tech innovation through a series of speculative design (SD) events situated in everyday public contexts. We illustrate the opportunities and limits of eventful SD in supporting critical engagements with food-tech issues through an Edible Speculations case study called the Parlour of Food Futures. Our discussion of selected Parlour events can inform readers interested in food-tech themes as well as those keen on experimenting with eventful approaches to SD research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-180
Number of pages20
JournalGlobal Discourse
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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