Prometheus_Open Food Lab
A cultural device for the exploration of the edible potential of remote places. Restoring the ecological role hummans in landscapes through food.
Inspired by informal observations of abandoned or semi-abandoned
rural settlements in the alpine Venetian region while travelling
largely forgotten mountain paths the Prometheus_Open Food Lab aims
to collect, generate and (re)distribute knowledge about food to
promote resilience in remote places which suffers abandonment.
The lab mainly act as a cultural catalyst in the regeneration of
those remote places, intended not only as far away in time and
space (Cambridge dictionary- remote) but also doomed to remoteness
by a state of mind that neglects their relevance.
In its practice Prometheus_open food lab is led by a chef who is called to explore new or forgotten gastronomic explorations supported by a wide range of competences provided by other professionals. As learnt by the observation of selected key studies and inspirational practices operating in the same field the role of the chefs is to keep the focus on food while widening the exploration in all the social, cultural, political and anthropological aspects of food.
Through this complex process the ambition of the Open Food Lab is to reactivate a sense of commitment for caring remote places which could still play a strategic role in our society; to (re)generate a strong network and contaminations between communities, even if far from each others. To facilitate it the knowledge collected and generated during the explorations will be preserved in an archive which is both physical, open to the locals, and digital to allow communities to share informations and strategies with each others, all over the world.