Research project to discover a territory through food, 2019. In collaboration with landscape and product designers Heloise Lenglet and Flore Dallennes.
Assistance + pictures of Marie Balmer
This research was supported by the programme « Creation en cours », led by Ateliers Médicis.
« Forestis Apparatus » aims to link territories and food : to read the territory and its spontaneous vegetation as the original source of a meal, but also use the taste as an exploration tool. The research took place in Guerbigny, Somme department, a small village framed by a forest on one part, and cultivated fields on the other part. Part of the research was led han-in hand with the primary school of Guerbigny.
We explored a forest flora, saw the vegetation evolving through months, indexed the plants, and questionne dits edible dimension : how to keep the taste through the seasons, how to cook it fresh ? What relation do we have while eating the plants directly in its natural environment ?
Like the plurisciplinary aspect of our team, the project developped in the creations of different tools and objects, that were part of a final performative and participatory installation :
-the kids embodied the plants in their environment in a performance
-plants were transformed through the 4 months of research to keep the tastes : syrups, liquors, pestos, vinegars.
-They were presented in jars.
-A solar dryer was created and used
-Freshly picked and cooked wild plants were presented in a 7 course tasting menu.