This is one of those things I’ve never considered or even noticed in film (unless it’s overly gross). What type of food shows up in science fiction film and television? How is it represented and how accurate might it be? Everyone needs to re-fuel, even in space, even in the future.
Bompas & Parr, a cutting edge design studio that works in food and other mediums, created the video above to support its “A Culinary Odyssey” event (see below) where foods from various science fiction sources were interpreted as actual dishes. This video is a moving collage of food in science fiction and a guide to their event. As an armchair foodie I found it fascinating, entertaining, and eye opening at the same time. NOM!
For “A Culinary Odyssey” Bompas & Parr worked with KitchenAid to look at the food of the future through prototyping the dishes of science fiction. The event opened fresh areas for culinary speculation and food ethics by examining the physical, biological and astronomical possibilities of cocktails and canapés. The Experimental Cocktail Club (ECC) made science fiction cocktails including Burgesss terrifying Milk Plus, Rhea Thierstein designed sets including the entire solar system in papier-mâché, and Poietic Studio built a food levitation device and the tropism well.
Andrew Stellitano helped develop a menu that included genetic modification, in-vitro meat, entomophagy, and nano-technology, and at the event Future Laboratory launched a report on science fiction prototyping and food preparation in the future. Visitors to the installation experienced the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster described by Douglas Adams as the alcoholic equivalent of a mugging the effects of which are like having your brain smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.