Six fellows selected from Africa, Asia and Latin America did their research in Eindhoven with the local community as well as professionals. Together they explored relationships between food and environmental, technological, economic and social concerns. The interactions between the different topics stimulated an exchange of ideas, reflecting on food as a story of hope, a connection with others and a way to positively shape the issues in our society. The research processes were shared openly and dynamically during the Dutch Design Week in October, inviting peers, professionals and other curious minds to tap into the pool of ideas as staged in the main exhibition as well as presentations, discussions, workshops and pop up (food) labs. Each day featured a dedicated topic, connected to the undercurrents of this edition of Age of Wonderland.
Age of Wonderland’s ambition to connect ideas and people from all over the world with the local community in the Netherlands was successfully achieved through the many workshops, pop up labs and the guided tours. The exchange of ideas developed new insights and possibilities on how to develop a more sustainable approach to the (food) systems we have become part of. During the Dutch Design Week Yoyo Yogasmana from Indonesia received the first Ecocoin handed over by Koert van Mensvoort (Next Nature). The knowledge from often forgotten, remote cultures proves once again to be of great value and importance for the development of new perspectives on our future. According to Yoyo we should be in tune again with nature to become more resilient. 'Only then there will be enough resources for everyone.' Katera's start up in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania was successfully embraced by the audience as well as international companies like DSM and BAM. His idea to solve the waste problem in his hometown using low tech solutions in collaboration with the local community and the authorities brought him to create his own Start up 'Guavay'.
This 2015 edition of Age of Wonderland was made possible by our fellows and their Dutch counterparts, the team, students from the Design Academy Eindhoven, DSM, Rijnconsult, BAM and last but not least our dedicated volunteers. Age of Wonderland is financially supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Art of Impact and BKKC Impulsgelden.
To see some impressions of this edition view our online photo archive, the aftervideo, and the livestream of the Future Food Seminar.