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Hunger and Affluence

Science and Society Sessions 2015

Hunger and Affluence

Science and Society Sessions 2015

Micronutrients like iron, copper, zinc, and vitamins are inevitable for the body. If these are missing, experts speak of so-called “hidden hunger”. Since symptoms of illness do not arise until much later, this hidden hunger is usually not recognized. The greatest danger starts in the womb and even before conception. The first 1,000 days of becoming a person and life are decisive for the life-long physical, motor, and intellectual development. Across the globe, the number of children whose families cannot afford adequate nutrition is growing – and this is true for both poor and rich countries. The 2nd International Congress Hidden Hunger from March 3 to 6 in Stuttgart will concentrate specifically on this critical 1,000 day window at the beginning of each person’s life. In addition to the scientific program the Science & Society Session “Hunger and Affluence” – supported by the Schering Stiftung – approaches the role of hunger and affluence from the perspective of cultural studies and artistic practice.

These perspectives enhance the natural, medical and social science perspectives of the HIDDEN HUNGER 2015 Congress. The cultural and aesthetic aspects of food are vital for understanding and dealing with nutritional developments globally. Food is cultural and so is hunger.

The Science & Society Session “Hunger and Affluence” invites a group of eight artists and cultural scientists to participate in four public events. The program is accessible for all congress guests as well as for general public. The presentations at Theater Rampe aim at creating a social and geographic link between the congress, the scientific community and the cultural scene of the city of Stuttgart.

Publishing Hunger
Artist Andreas Liebmann together with students from the University of the Arts Zürich gathers statements from congress guests on their individual hunger. These statements are reformulated and mirrored back to the plenum via video projection and sound.
Date & Time: Whole days of the congress; Tuesday March 3 until Thursday March 5, 2015
Location: Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart | Airport & Messe | Flughafenstrasse 50 | 70629 Stuttgart

HotSPots/Krisenherd 2015
A dinner-debate. Under the guidance of artist Wanja Saatkamp 40 guests participate in creating a dinner together while talks are given by two invited speakers: a scholar from the HIDDEN HUNGER congress and an artist. The audience sits together at one long table and creates and shares thoughts and food over the course of a meal.
Date & Time: Thursday March 5 / 7.00 pm
Location: Theater Rampe | Filderstrasse 47 | 70180 Stuttgart

Two Seminars on Hunger and Affluence
Five international cultural scholars and artists – Cultural historian Prof. Christina von Braun (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), writer Yemisi Ogbe (Lagos); visual artist Ulf Aminde (Berlin), Cultural Anthropologist Sebastian Schellhaas (J.-W.-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main) and cultural activist Steve Calvert (British Columbia) – present introductory statements or excerpts of their work and discuss the role of hunger in affluent societies and the ties between cultural expression and nutrition.
Date & Time: Friday, March 6, 2015 / 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm
Location: University of Hohenheim | Kirchnerstrasse 3 | 70599 Stuttgart

NOMA – Luxury Face (pt 2)
Performance and installation by Andreas Liebmann, Dorte Holbeck and Derek Lesher about indulgence and malnutrition. The installation will be developed and presented several weeks earlier in Copenhagen, home of the restaurant Noma, voted the world’s best restaurant in 2014.
Date & Time: Friday, March 6, 2015 / 8.00 pm
Location: Theater Rampe | Filderstrasse 47 | 70180 Stuttgart

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