The Center for Genomic Gastronomy are bringing the Planetary Sculpture Supper Club to Science Gallery for a special GROW YOUR OWN... edition. Hosted by EDIBLE curators Zack Denfeld and Cat Kramer, the Planetary Sculpture Supper Club is a collection of foods, recipes and stories that typify some of the ways humans unconsciously sculpt the planet’s biosphere through eating habits, flavour preferences and food technologies. The Supper Club is an opportunity to explore the co-evolution of gastronomy and larger ecological, technological and political systems.
Animal and plant breeders have steered evolution for thousands of years. However, eaters and chefs ALSO exert selection pressures on the kinds of life forms and ingredients that are propagated within the eco-agro-culinary system. Every human eater slowly reformulates the planet as they consume it.
Within our global civilization and global food system, eaters are agents of selection. The genes, genomes and ingredients that are propagated are the ones you prefer to eat.
Professor Chris Morash became the inaugural Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin on January 1, 2014. Born in Nova Scotia, his first degree is from Dalhousie University, after which he moved to Ireland to join the first cohort of students in the M.Phil. in Anglo-Irish Literature (as it was called at the time) in Trinity in 1985; his Ph.D on Irish Famine Literature is also from Trinity, carried out under the supervision of Professor Terence Brown. Prior to his appointment to Trinity, Chris Morash worked in Maynooth University, where he had been Professor of English since 2007, and founded the Centre for Media Studies in 2003. He was the first chair of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (2009-2014), and has been an active member of the Royal Irish Academy since 2007.