Alok B. Nandi

Alok Nandi is an Interaction Designer & Creative Director at Architempo, Organizer of Pecha Kucha Night Brussels. With a diverse background, he evolves on different scenes, always combining his taste for design, his interest in creativity and his sense for organization. Did you ever try out the Pecha Kucha Night in Brussels? If you don’t know the concept, be sure to stop by at the next event organized by Alok.

For ResearchTalks 5, Alok Nandi will explore Ethics & Aesthetics – Food Systems & Urban Stories. Hundreds of years ago, the Hindu scriptures Upanishads were already mentioning ‘You are what you eat’, and more closely in Europe, in 1826, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, in Physiologie du Goût, ou Méditations de Gastronomie Transcendante: ‘Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.’ Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.

If design allows ‘transformation of existing conditions into preferred ones’ (Herbert Simon), ‘cuisine’ is interesting to put next to it, close to it, into it, or vice-versa. Especially as a process but also as a space (and a non-space), it might ensure that thinking and talking about ‘design as cuisine’ or vice-versa results into reframing making and consuming.

This “Foodmood” talk will look into some food systems in urban settings and raise ethical as well as aesthetical questions.

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