Speisekammern

How can we reduce food waste by providing each type of food optimal conditions to stay fresh as long as possible?

There are some things we pretend not to do. Wasting food is one of them. We stuff everything into the fridge without reflecting on the storing requirements of different groceries.

Speisekammern is a modular system of refrigerating boxes that reduces food waste by providing each type of food optimal conditions to stay fresh as long as possible.

The exhibition stand "Cracking habits" presented seven new eating habits from the field to the plate. These speculative future scenarios aim to change our relationship with food, which is highly dominated by unconscious habits.

A third of all food wasted is vegetables and fruits in private households. "Speisekammern" extends the minimum durability through optimal storing conditions for different groceries. Animated projections on the fridge model show the - for our perception - invisible chemical processes inside the vegetables.

The modular system offers individual storage for tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, and lettuce. For instance, it considers the chemical composition of potatoes. It is sensitive to low- and high-temperature fluctuations. The colors visualize the temperature of the different boxes. The animation on the right side illustrates the decay processes of the inaccurate stored vegetables.

The installation has been exhibited at the Biotopia EAT Festival at the Castle Nymphenburg in Munich and the annual exhibition at the University of Applied Sciences 2019.

Research process with biology master students of the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich. Collaboration with Stefanie Jahn.