The Marxist ecological theory of the Metabolic Rift (1850s) is used as a starting point to understand the historical processes and power relations that have configured the agricultural food system to date. Subsequently, the metaphor of Metabolism is used throughout the project as a tool to think with and through as it situates the body and embodied practices of food consumption at the centre of the research.
Linking to the SDG 2 objectives, we can recognise that there is currently a Metabolic Crisis, expressed in excess flows of nutrients in the clogged arteries of heart disease, or the dried-up flows of nutrients in bodies that are malnourished.
The aim of this project is to explore embodied practices (sustenance — consumption — food habits etc) and affects in relation to food system infrastructure and the metabolic crisis. Students may consider an embodied approach as a starting point — analysis/thinking or mapping their own metabolic relationships in order to recognise their connection to infrastructure and decide on contexts, scale, case study or urgency of their research. The approach to the project is process driven rather than solution oriented. It intends to find ways of communicating, visualising and/or materialising complex relationships — in intimate, affective and tangible ways.