Episodio 2 | The plate: What does what we eat tell us?

  • Direction and production Fundación Mar Adentro
  • Research and script Antonia Correa
  • Script consultant Macarena Fernández
  • Mixing and sound design Martín Cruz
  • Music Tonósfera
  • Voice-over Macarena Fernández and Maya Errázuriz
  • Collaborator Revista Endémico

“Food is always present in everything; in behaviors, rituals, manipulations, business, violence. Food is implicated in everything.” – Antoni Miralda, Catalan artist

It is important to place on the table the personal and social implications of the food that we eat. Are you conscious of what you eat and how your food is produced? What is on your plate today may or may not support an agricultural system that is fair and nature-friendly.

In this episode we are joined by multidisciplinary Catalan artist Antoni Miralda, who seeks to generate a political, social and aesthetic reflection on what we eat and invites us to question the way in which we do this. In addition, the agroecological expert Miguel Altieri reflects on monocultures and the need to restore the link between agriculture and the environment. Lastly, from philosophy, Valeria Campos reminds us that food shapes us socially and allows us to think of new organization models that are not based on abuses of power and violence.

 

About the voices of this episode:

Antoni Miralda is a multidisciplinary artist of Catalan origin who, since the 1960s, has developed a participatory and edible array of work that has been recognized internationally. Ingenious and versatile, his artistic proposal occupies a prominent place in the current Spanish avant-garde for concepts such as “Food culture”, developed for the 2000 Hannover Exhibition, which was later followed by projects in different cities around the world such as “Flavors and languages”, “Ode to the potato” and “Digestible news”. His work, always focused on food as an artistic object, deconstructs prejudices and formal schemes at the same time as it is a celebration of the senses, color and life.

 

Miguel Altieri is an agronomist who is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the application of agroecology. A Doctor in Entomology from the University of Florida, he has been a professor of Agroecology since 1981 at the University of Berkeley (California) and has worked as a scientific adviser to numerous organizations, including the Latin American Consortium on Agroecology and Development (Clades). In his research, Miguel seeks a deep understanding of the nature of agroecosystems and the principles under which they function. Author of hundreds of scientific articles, he has also published books such as “Agroecology: the science of sustainable agriculture and biodiversity” and “Agroecology and the search for a truly sustainable agriculture”.

Valeria Campos is a journalist, philosopher and professor of philosophy at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where she teaches the course “Thinking and Eating”. Following more than 10 years studying the intersection between politics, food and gastronomy and investigating the marginal position of the sense of taste in philosophy, she has developed a critical view of the ways we eat. She argues that all our meanings are derived from our food experience, and therefore “we are what we eat”, and that eating is not only a metabolic and survival act, but is associated with the human being’s ability to reflect, generate knowledge and create art.