BioArt as archive and dissemination of an archival exhibition: A case study on the exhibition FOOD PHREAKS!: Biodiversity of the kitchen by the center for genomic gastronomy
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This master’s thesis is a case study on the exhibition FOOD PHREAKS!: Biodiversity of the Kitchen created by the Center for Genomic Gastronomy and hosted by Norwegian BioArt (NOBA) in the city of Ås, Norway, 2021–2022. In this research, I examine the transformation process of the Center’s activities into the archive. The activities, which are often event-based, address the issues of food, technology, environment, and sustainable development. I also investigate their mode of presentation as an archival exhibition. Therefore, this thesis is an attempt to provide answers to the following research question: How has a contemporary art practice that addresses the interplay of biotechnologies and biodiversity of human food systems, been transformed into an archival exhibition, and how did its mode of dissemination add qualities to the experience of the audience? My method for examining this exhibition used theoretical concepts and perspectives. In this regard, I collected related theories about the issues of archive, mediation, art documenting, and the art experience. In light of each of the chosen theoretical perspectives, I have either received individual answers or suggested new questions that shed light on the research question of this thesis. In examining the mode of presentation of this event, I extracted the similarities, aesthetic choices, and effects achieved, as well as examined how all of these strategies make this multi-layered exhibition a unique experience for the audience. At the same time, this paper discusses how a complex art project can engage with audiences to confront one of the most difficult issues facing our society today: environmental sustainability.