Talkaoke With Ice9 - Food Narratives

As part of Insomnia Insights we present a community event and dialogue table about food narratives, with members of the chef collective Rising Tide, award-winning author Tristram Stuart (online), food geographer Pierre Raffard, managing director of Holt Ecopark Ute Vogel, and more. The Talkaoke is co-hosted with Ice9 and Tromsø Library.

As part of Insomnia Festival 20th Edition, we have invited a collective of chefs from Finland - the project Rising Tide - to do our entire festival catering based mainly on locally sources organic food, as well as self-foraged wild edibles. The aim of their project is to reach 100 % self-sufficiency, with zero waste, while providing healthy and nutrient rich food to a broader audience. As an organization, we see their project as a breath of fresh air in a global culture where food consumption at large is connected to environmental degradation and separates us from the the very foundation on which we depend on to survive and thrive in the world.

By looking to alternative ways of relating to food, the narratives of tomorrow, which entails knowledge systems and practices from both past and future, can the way we relate to our food web on both a local and global scale help us understand ourselves better as part of nature and the web of life?

May we, as cultural organizers, organizations, artists, entrepreneurs, freelancers etc, do something to steer our cultural narratives in new directions?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this open round table community event at Tromsø Library on Saturday 23.10.

There will be some short introductions by invited speakers.

Talkaoke, developed by The People Speak in London, is a a fun and friendly pop-up talk show concept that allows anybody to be the guest and share their thoughts. There is no pressure to speak if you just want to listen, but we welcome you to join us around the table at any time during the event. Ice-9 artists will host the conversation:

Ice-9 is a media and arts organisation based in Tromsø. Their main project is 'hello X' , an experimental platform to collectively imagine the lives of the future. Ice-9 engages the public through the hello X podcast, website (, short films, live events, school workshops, and augmented reality story experiences. One of the themes of hello X asks how human activity today might affect Arctic ecological food systems and food culture in 50 years. Visit us at:

Simple food and drinks will be served by representatives from the Rising Tide chef collective.

The talk is co-presented with European Labs and the We Are Europe program - exploring the cultural transformations shaping the Europe of tomorrow.

Date / Time
Oct 23 | 13:00

Tromsø Bibliotek
Grønnegata 94, Tromsø

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