Water as Food

We need a better way to respresent the complexities of water! Through the lens of crisis, scarcity and as an incendiary security issue, we understand water as a scarce resource — even the oil of the 21st Century. But this idea of water, as commodity, does not do justice to the ubiquity + juicy fleshiness of water — addressing you as water which, to a first approximation, we indeed are. Water constitutes every cell in our bodies and similarly the remainder of biology + food. Nor does it help us understand [nonchlorinated] water as teeming habitat, as a soup of bacteria + microorganisms – and healthier for it. Or how levels of PCBs in our urban bodies of water reflect hauntingly similar concentrations in our own bodies. + why living close to a river or pollution source has no effect on these blood levels, but what we eat does. And how much water is involved in the production of an airy dry piece of bread anyway?

Here in the verdant northeast with the most consistent precipitation in the country (+ the world), we offer a tastier view of water than as mere abstracted commodity. Here, where the eutrophication of fresh water systems, the threats posed by natural gas prospecting, the complexity of biogeochemical processes defy

complex distribution + transformation of this transparent substance of life. Join us as we reincorporate, reimagine + recontextualise our collective water future through the course of a tasty communal adventure.economic abstraction and challenge our science. Water may be best understood through the precise analytic tools of our tongues + our gastronomy. In the WATER AS FOOD dinner, we will explore our collective relationship to water + our capacity to improve this through redesigning our food + food systems. This means tongue first venturing into new strategies to engineer novel textures + tastes; delving into sous vide + low-temperature cooking, a process which integrally relies upon a precisely controlled water bath; + variously infusing; freezing: pressurizing; exploding; shaving + chewing on water. At the dinner, in each of 5+ paired courses, we will explore water equivalents, shadow water, green, blue + grey water…. all of which quantify the water required in the various stages of the production + digestion of a particular food, ranging from lettuces to beef, to trace the


EXPLORE emerging food systems that augment biodiversity + improve environmental health
INVEST in a biodiverse future
4PM Workshop on sous vide + low-temp cooking, $35/pp.
7PM Dinner including five+ paired courses, $110/pp.
LOCATION The Laboratory at Harvard, Cambridge ; Location in NYC provided to confirmed guests.
RESERVE SEATS Cambridge workshopCambridge dinner ; NYC dinner Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis + are only confirmed upon completion of payment. Nonrefundable, but fully exchangeable.
CONTACT RE: Boston: Louisa McCall, Artists in Context Co-Director, RE: NYC event  Paulina Bebecka
DRESS CODE: Adventurous!


The xSpecies Adventure Club is a collaboration between Natalie Jeremijenko + Mihir Desai + is affiliated with the  Environmental Health Clinic (xClinic). The Boston field office of the EHC is operated by Artists in Context + is a platform for creatively engaging citizens in the critical environmental issues of our time. The Lab at Harvard is a new forum + platform for idea experimentation in the arts + sciences at Harvard.

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