Molecular Cuisine: The Politics of Taste

Suzanne Anker, Sea Rose, 2008. Inkjet print, 24×36 inches.

Molecular Cuisine: The Politics of Taste

Molecular Cuisine: The Politics of Taste is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on desire’s palette. Investigating the importance of taste from the perspectives of the culinary arts, sociology, art history and theory, anthropology, as well as the cognitive, material and biological sciences, the symposium targets intersections between taste and value. While taste is the key concept in new cooking technologies, it also connects to our passions, predilections and taboos. Researchers from the scientific and cultural spheres ask the questions, why we enjoy certain foods and not others, why we prefer certain styles and not others. Involving multiple discourses which emphasize the senses, emotions and sensory assets, the concept of taste, which is traditionally one pertaining to the fine arts or humanities, develops a renewed relevance in current cultural debates.

Suzanne Anker (New York City, USA), Ciaran Bennett (Dublin, Ireland), Catherine Chalmers (New York City, USA), Mark Clintberg (Montreal, Canada), June de Schino (Rome, Italy), César de Vega (Germantown, MD, USA), Flavour SenseNation (Kianna Bahrami) (London, UK), Sabine Flach (Berlin, Germany/New York City, USA), Sharon Hecker (Los Angeles, USA), Heather Hess (New York City, USA), Caroline Hobkinson (London, UK), Viktoria von Hofmann (Liege, Belgium), Tom Huhn (New York City, USA), Lisa Ma (London, UK), Anne McBride (New York City, USA), Fabio Parasecoli (New York City, USA), Christian Sauer (Salzburg, Austria), Elaine Tin Nyo (New York City, USA), Ana Maria Ulloa (New York City, USA), Mathias Viegener (Los Angeles, USA), Grahame Weinbren (New York City, USA), and Ann-Sargent Wooster (New York City, USA).

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Molecular Cuisine: The Politics of Taste
October 19-21, 2012
Conference Fee: $75
Register online:

School of Visual Arts
Fine Arts Building
335 West 16th Street
New York, New York 10011
(+1) 212.592.2510

Conference Organizers
Suzanne Anker
Chair, BFA Fine Arts Department
School of Visual Arts, NYC

Sabine Flach
Visiting Professor
BFA Fine Arts Department
School of Visual Arts, NYC