The Soft Protest Digest,
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The Soft Protest Digest is a research collective involving Danish farmer and artist Nickie Sigurdsson and French design duo Adel Cersaque.
Centering its research around food history, agriculture and the social and political ties to what constitutes a food culture, the collective aims to design environmentally resilient diets.
May this research be proposed to the residents of a neighborhood, a city, a region or a state, The soft Protest digest believes in the usage of storytelling as a way to create or adapt food traditions, recipes and diets which would take into account the cultural heritage and emotional bond between the eater and its local gastronomy.
Engaging with the community through eventful meals, workshops and talks, the collective seeks to encompass the knowledge and ressources of the actors at hand in the production of a vernacular food culture in order to design consistent alternatives.
Since the fall of 2018 onwards, the Nederland edition of The soft Protest digest has been addressing the eating habits of the dutch and, more particularly, of the inhabitants of the North Holland region.
Establishing its base in the multicultural Amsterdam, the collective has been undergoing a profound phasing to the dutch food culture and history in order to work out its double edged relationship to alimentation. Indeed, how is it that a country such as the Netherlands appears to be left with a non-flourishing food culture while possessing a thriving food industry (i.e expansion of vegetal meat replacement and massive drone-driven greenhouse productions)? Its gastronomy, still, appears to be of a country which would be dealing with financial crisis, famine and arduous agriculture (i.e inexpensive preserved herrings, fried stews, hearty ragouts and coarse bean soups). Most of the dutch staples have, in fact, not much evolved since the second half of the XVIIIth century and call, nowadays, on the disproportionate use of processed meats, precut vegetables and industrial preparations in their fabrication.
To that end, by meeting with food historians, farmers, cooks and knowledgeable citizens of the North Holland region; by researching the history of the cuisine and agriculture of the Netherlands; by tasting and learning how to cook à la Dutch; The soft Protest digest aims to draw new dietary paths in the dutch food landscape which would altogether be more culturally rooted then vegan patties and more climate-resilient than the rookworst (the dutch smoked sausage).
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