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recipe for disaster

Extreme heat, rising sea levels, forced migration, increased spread of diseases, social unrest, extinctions – climate catastrophe is here. Refuge is now in year three of a five-year project that examines potential climate-related disasters and traces how we might collectively respond.

Refuge 2018: Pandemic explores the health impacts of climate change: epidemics, grief, stigma, and anxieties invoked by the language of disease. In nightmares, and in histories past and present – including those of colonisation and genocide – pandemics have brought unspeakable disaster on communities. Our bodies, and those of our loved ones, are our most valued possessions. Pandemics and epidemics challenge us to understand our corporeality, fears and taboos; and teach us the necessity of ritual.

Refuge’s offering is radical and full of compassion. How can we write ourselves into some of the scariest scenarios imaginable? We owe this thinking to our communities, and we need to find as many ways as possible to prepare. Over four busy days that include public forums, games, conversations and artistic works, join us at Refuge 2018: Pandemic at the North Melbourne Town Hall for real information and real science, as we get real creative in our readiness for what the future may hold.

Excerpt from Arts House, REFUGE: Pandemic

Photo credit: Sarah Walker


recipe for disaster

presented by Science Gallery Melbourne for ‘Disposable

15 August 2019 (6-9pm)

South Lawn Car Park, University of Melbourne


Do you take food for granted?

Food has the capacity to bring us together. It’s familiar, relational and cultural. In times of conflict and scarcity, it also has the capacity to tear us apart. In a world with increasing ecological degradation and greater disparities between the rich and poor, food security is of increasing global concern…a food fight to avoid. In Australia we are distracted, choking and bloated on misinformation and choice about food, which in itself is a recipe for ruin. 

Recipe for Disaster is an interactive-performative-dinner-experiment in the iconic ‘Mad Max’ South Lawn Car Park at the University of Melbourne. This meal will not be your conventional sit-down hoity-toity dinner, nor is it dystopian in its approach. Instead, it will be a mash-up of food courses, movements and provocations from four food experts – a speculative journey and ‘palaver’ into the future to explore how our myths, anxieties, pleasures, conveniences and comforts around food and diets in the context of a climate/everything change future. This is not catering. Food will be experienced, and expectations may be disrupted and/or savoured.

NOTE to participants: Due to the nature of the experiment we can only make adjustments for those with food allergies (with notice), not food preferences.

Sound design: Marco Cher-Gibard

Provocateurs: that’s secret…for now

Moderators: that’s secret too…for now

Table design: Will Foster

Plate design: Lettuce Eat by Maddison Ryder

Food waste vermouth: Jen Rae in collaboration Lou Chalmer from Yume Wine

Food growing: Fawkner Food Bowls

Food waste to fertiliser: Enrich 360

Project supporters: Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Polytechnic and City of Melbourne