'Foodture' and 'UMWELT' in the Jacob Gallery...
Foodture: PlantBot Genetics and UMWELT: Ryuta Nakajima run in the Elaine L. Jacog Gallery through April 11.
The Detroit News, 2/18
Food art exhibit plays off biotech's scary potential
by Michael H. Hodges
“Foodture: PlantBot Genetics” at Wayne State University’s Elaine L. Jacob Gallery succeeds at thrilling its audience. The environmental artists behind it, Wendy Deschene and Jeff Schmuki, say in their opening panel they want to take on “the aggressive and sometimes misleading practices of biotech companies.” As the “Foodture” creators see it, the disturbing unknown in GMO agriculture is what happens once successive generations of genetically modified organisms have been spliced into food crops. They see a future filled with Frankenstein plants and crops “with no clear heritage and no clear future.” “Foodture” takes up the entire first floor at the Jacob Gallery with a series of what look like botanical stations, each with its own cheerful plants hooked up and wired, in most cases, to a push-button that sends some of them into antics that are most un-horticultural. “Foodture: PlantBot Genetics” is free and runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday through April 11.
Real Detroit Weekly, 1/29
"Stage & Canvas: Inventive"
by Amelia Kanan
Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki travel the country in their "lab" (a solar powered trailer) educating people on GMOs [genetically modified organisms] and the manipulative ways of the corporate food industry via entertainment and art. Their trailer will be stopping in Detroit on 1/31 at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery at WSU where their exhibit 'Foodture' will be on display until 4/11. Combining robots with food, their display is sure to be inventive, hilarious as well as informative. Free to the public, the show's opening reception is 1/31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Read the Jacob Gallery's media release for the Foodture / UMWELT exhibition.