Adaptive Capacity are a climate collective focusing on environmental issues in a radical and contemporary way, combining art, design and humour. They approach issues with silliness and inclusivity, opening up conversations in a peer-to-peer context, IRL and online, without a hidden agenda or an irrelevant product to push.
It’s difficult not to want to brush off a terrifying headline about global warming with false optimism. Climate change is not dinner party conversation, and to many, there is a stigma surrounding being environmentally conscious. The current language surrounding climate change news (if any) is desperate, gloomy and scaremongering. Adaptive Capacity is a welcoming platform to engage and empower people and provide impactful solutions.
For there residency the team will be hosting a number of events taking form as a panel talk, screening, workshop or discussion group. The events will engage the public with climate issues and the team will be developing a digital or print publication as a result of the experience.
GrowUp Community Farms
GrowUp Community Farms engage, educate and inspire communities about sustainable food production and help people make informed decisions about the food they buy and eat. They produce sustainable fresh fish, salads and herbs in cities using a combination of aquaponic and vertical growing technologies.
They have joined the lab to install aquaponics installations and grow in the space. Throughout there time here they will be hosting there aquaponics workshops and training courses in the lab – to take part and learn about aquaponics sign up to one of there events here.
The MICRO_FOOD library is a new project by the A to Z Unit, led by artist Sneha Solanki which aims to bring the microbial transformers from our food systems to the forefront as a library of micro-organisms. Missing and un-credited bacteria, yeasts & fungus often perform to provide complex flavour profiles, nutrition & of course intoxication. Although their hard-work is enjoyed by many they often go unnoticed.
During the research residency, the project aims to bridge or counter some of this oversight through developing a ‘micro_food library’- a repository of knowledge and micro-organisms that aspires to engender a ‘D.I.Y’ (Do It Yourself), D.I.T.O (Do It Together) or ‘D.I.W.O’s (Do It With Others) approach to culturing, consuming and engaging with this integral element from our food landscape. The A to Z Unit, an autonomous and evolving culinary research facility with a mission to map, investigate and interact with food systems and ecologies.