Spore & Pollen
Answering to the invitation of contemporary art museum Palais de Tokyo, The Soft Protest Digest took part of “Le Banquet”, a dinner introducing the museum's new exhibition “Futur, ancien, fugitif”, dedicated to the “french art scene”. Taking place on November 20th 2019, the collective served an entre-met and a dessert to the 150 guests of the dinner, titled respectively “Spore” and “Pollen”.
Each of the two dishes served as the illustration of a problematic related to the impact of small, often disregarded, organisms on the environment: Fungi and the Bee. To that end, Spore aimed to adress the various invisible uses of fungi and yeast in the production of food as well as its prevalence on our planet's ecosystems (see introduction on related page). Pollen, on the other hand, focused on the current collapse of our biodiversity through the prism of the bee. This dish led the collective to meet and work with beekeeper Julien Perrin, as well as biologist and researcher Fanny Rybak. Both are featured in a podcast reccorded for the occasion and titled: An open-source bee for a poisonous environment.
- The museum is located in Paris, France
- The term designates a dish served in between two others. In our case, between main and dessert.