The Art of Food Activism: An Italian Example
Don Pasta (Daniele de Michele)
- Italian Performance Artist, Gastrophilosopher, and Food Activist
Don Pasta considers cooking a political act. His work has focused on a wide range of topics from preserving working class culinary traditions to the transformation of Italian cuisine by new immigrants. Don Pasta regularly writes for Slow Food and a variety of other Italian food magazines. He directs the Soul Food Festival in Rome together with Terreni Fertili and L’Academie des Cuisines Metisses as well. He is currently working with CasArtusi on “Artusi Remix”, a project devoted to the preservation of Italian folk cuisine. As DJ Don Pasta or Food Sound System, he has performed at various venues, including the Highline Ballroom in New York and the Parc de la Villette in Paris.
In this talk, Don Pasta will discuss the relationship between his artistic practices and his food activism.
Co-sponsored by the School of International Letters and Cultures, the Herberger Institute Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs, the Institute for Humanities Research, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and the Food Systems Transformation Initiative.
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.