Food as Culture

Aeroir: A Taste of Place

Nov 19, 2015   6:30–9pm
Headlands, Building 944
$90 | $75 Members

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“Aeroir,” a concept developed by writer Nicola Twilley of Edible Geography, is the idea that local atmospheres offer unique tastes of place. Join us as we bring Twilley together with collaborators Zack Denfield from The Center for Genomic Gastronomy and Gabriel Harp from CoClimate, both of “smog meringue” fame, for the world’s first ever sit-down dinner of aeroir cuisine—with a distinctive Headlands’ flavor, of course. Engage with the concept of aeroir through a multitude of senses—visual, olfactory, gustatory, and haptic—in this interactive evening that builds on Headlands’ long legacy of “food as culture” meals, gatherings, and discussions. Guests will enjoy specialty cocktails developed exclusively for this event by the collaborators along with Jennifer Colliau of The Interval Bar at The Long Now Foundation, and Campari America. Surprise treats that allow you to experience this most intangible, elusive, and atmospheric element of place-based flavor to be revealed!

Guests at this event must be 21 years of age or older.

Presenter Bios

Nicola Twilley is author of the blog Edible Geography, co-host of the award-winning podcast Gastropod, and a contributing writer at the New Yorker. She is deeply obsessed with refrigeration, and is currently writing a book on the topic, after having explored China’s coldscape for The New York Times Magazine and curated an exhibition exploring North America’s spaces of artificial refrigeration with the Center for Land Use Interpretation. From 2011 to 2013, Twilley was a research fellow at the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, as part of which she collaborated with Geoff Manaugh on Venue, a pop-up interview studio and mobile media rig that traveled around North America documenting abandoned NASA training sites, underground health mines, the world’s largest collection of wild yeasts, and more.

Gabriel Harp is a designer, evolutionary ecologist, and social science researcher. With experience in North America, Asia, and Europe, he focuses on people’s relationships with technology, resources, information and knowledge infrastructures, the environment, communities, and global climate change—translating insights into programs, tools, games, strategy, and services for more effective audience and stakeholder engagement. Gabriel holds a BA in Biology, and a MA in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from Indiana University, Bloomington and a MFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Zack Denfeld is an artist, designer and educator who co-founded the Center for Genomic Gastronomy and CoClimate. He has worked for design studios, think tanks and universities in the U.S., India and Ireland, helping to launch Masters’ programs in Portland, Oregon and Bangalore, India. Zack is currently a researcher at the Science Gallery, Dublin at Trinity College. Zack holds degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Michigan.


More Food as Culture at Headlands

Aeroir: A Taste of Place builds on Headlands’ long legacy of “food as culture” programming. From our early days, we’ve been gathering together to break bread and new ideas, ranging from a do-you-dare digest of edible insects, to a politically minded meal from countries that the United States is in conflict with. Peruse some of our favorite moments from our history of food-driven fodder in the images below.

Feral Share, 2010.


Flora and Fauna, 2010.


Edible Insects and Other Rare Delicacies, 2011.


Short Haul Shanty, Locally Foraged Seafood & Sea Lore, 2013.


Conflict Kitchen: The Two Koreas, 2013.


Slow Food Workshop, 2014.


Local Source: Rirkrit Tiravanija, 2015.