Operation Deep Freeze ODF is an art and food growing project to create a mobile ice cream vendor that explores the relationship between edible plants, nutrition, flavours, tastes and aromas through the creation of inventive ice creams which community participants will devise, create and market. The project will be a collaboration between Lisa Cheung and Avant-Gardening, who, together will deliver an exciting programme that starts with food growing and ends with a cycle powered ice cream vendor from which unusual and delicious ice creams are shared alongside artists interventions, creative workshops and performances.
ODF is a curious hybrid: part iconic ice cream vendor, part field research laboratory, part traditional ice cream maker. It invites participants to act as researchers, scientists, tasters, ice cream makers and eaters and encourages them to think about how the food we grow can appeal to all of our senses as well as learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of food
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Drawing on a wide range of influences and themes ODF is an ambitious project which involves the community in the development of a high profile and fun creative project. We will be working with a wide range of participants from local nursery group and schools to sheltered housing and workshops in community venues; encouraging participants to taste, grow, design and help with the logistics of the project. As members of the Sowing The Seeds network we passionately believe that children need to re-engage with nature and this project will actively involve them in creating small garden plots of edibles and gaining an understanding of nutrition and food as well as the culture and history of edibles.
The project will also manifest as a fun and creative way to activate spaces and engage with the public as we cycle the unit through the streets stopping at ice cream stops to distribute the flavour of the week. We will also be taking ODF to community festivals, sharing the love and the tastes
Steps to get it done:
This project aims to blur the boundaries between art and community engagement in an ambitious project that is both creative and educational. We will be drawing upon the proven track record of artist Lisa Cheung, designer of our award-winning Mobile Allotment www.lisacheung.com to design and build the mobile unit and artists from the Avant-Gardening collective www.avantgardening.org will devise and deliver a programme of workshops to engage the community and local schools.
ODF will become a fun and innovative artwork which will be a regular feature of community festivals across London. Alongside the educational features we will also look at programming special performance art which respond to the themes of the medicine show.
Participants on the project will have the opportunity to learn skills in gardening, food, design and project management and be encouraged to take on the role of hosts as the unit travels across London.
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