OBTP sprouts from a five-year-long collaboration between ASN and our 16 partners in the EU Horizon 2020 supported Chicory Innovation Consortium (CHIC) which offers a platform for interdisciplinary collaborations between top EU scientists, artists, food experts, and the general public. The intercultural, cross-disciplinary art/science/technology one-week event invites us to reflect upon the interdependence of plants and humans and our combined future through an art exhibition, daily panel discussions, workshops, and live performances.
In the face of Anthropocene crises, we look for solutions by turning to nature. What can we learn from plants? The exhibition combines two interdisciplinary projects: Rhizosphere: The Big Network of Small Worlds, a comprehensive art, research & education project inspired by research on plant network strategies (rhizosphere) and CHIC Innovation Consortium ASN Artists-in-Residence/Labs Program, focused on the root chicory and New Plants Breeding Technics. The exhibition, accompanied by panel discussions and workshops, investigates the potential impact of the gained knowledge on the process of cultural paradigm change, on future food and agriculture, an increase of ecological awareness, and the development of social ecosystems.
Learn about the progress of the projects by our CHIC Artists in Residence: Jill Scott & Marille Hanhe “Aftertaste. Molecular Orchestra” accompanied by the art-documentary film “Chicory Unpacked”, and Anna Dumitriu & Alex May “Biotechnology from the Blue Flower”. Join us for a 2-days culinary workshop “Let’s Eat CHICque” with Jordi Bordas, World Pastry Champion, to learn how to make your favorite desserts with inulin instead of sugar and why chicory root products are so good for you, and reflex on “Unnatural that is too natural” by the panel discussion with CHIC artists and scientists.