ARUNA ANTONELLA HANDA, PhD
Aruna Antonella Handa is a multimedia artist and the founder of Alimentary. Her work in the future of food is informed by her interests in social justice, in the future, her studies in philosophy and her amusement in those spaces in which theory and practice collide. Among the future food initiatives she has directed are:
•Toronto Office Markets, making local food convenient (2011-12);
•Hot Kitchens, joining up commercial kitchens and food entrepreneurs (2012-present);
•Program Dining (Toronto, Montreal, 2010-present)
•Future Food Salons, inviting artists to explore the future of food (Toronto, New York, Austin, Montreal, co-directed with Elke Grenzer, and with Louis Sorkin 2011-present); Edible Bug Banquets (Montreal, New York 2014, 2015).
Currently, Dr. Handa is wrapping up some writing projects, conducting experiments with fungi, and playing gigs with her bands the SIRENS and ALLUVIAL PLAIN. The fungi experiments and the writing are part of her preparations for Future Food Salon 3: Voyage to Anthropocene. She is also preparing to launch Alimentary in the Schools, bringing the themes of the current future food salons to primary and secondary students in Toronto.
For more on her work in music, art and theatre, and to see some of her fungi work in progress, please visit aruna.ca
Photo: Jan Keck.