Category Food

Turtle Tears

Size strongly influences our ability to recognise and benefit from specific small scale possibilities that would be available if man was a lot smaller. The act of shrinking promotes the Feymanian awareness that our large size is keeping us from a much richer experience of reality, as well as the riches of abundance. Like these Amazon butterflies [...]

Spherical Soup

The Disproportionate Restaurant investigates how downsizing the human species will affect our relationship with food. Over the past years a number of experiments have been conducted, including abundance fantasies such as the Ostrich BBQ and Sunflower Table and explorations of new ingredients and possibilities  such as the Somatostatin Zebrafish and Guinea Pig Farm. But it [...]

Celebrate Lactose Intolerance

Milk consumption is one of the engines of the global increase in human height. Therefore we should be grateful for lactose intolerance (the inability to digest milk). It’s what’s keeping people from all over the world from an even more devastating and pointless growth in size. Such an important contribution to a sustainable planet cannot [...]

Abundance Fantasies: Giant Sushi Roll

Our desire for tallness is strong and deeply rooted. So deep it is difficult to imagine the change towards a general desire for shorter stature. However, the human species is not the sum of just one or two desires but many. In the Abundance Fantasies we focus on the strong universal desire for abundance, and [...]

Abundance Fantasies: Exaggeration Cards

Exaggeration cards are picture postcards depicting enormously oversized fruits, vegetables and livestock. First appearing in Fresno in 1905 the cards quickly struck a chord throughout the western United States. These  ”tall-tale postcards”  became especially prevalent in small town rural communities hoping to forge an identity for themselves as places of agrarian abundance. The cards were surprisingly [...]

Growth Antagonists: Delta Cells

The growth of the human body is a highly complex process with many growth agonists and -antagonists taking centre stage at different times. In Growth Antagonists we each time zoom in on one of the key players as we’re trying to understand the puzzle of the endocrine system that regulates growth. Today we focus on [...]

Abundance Fantasies: Baby Burrito

Mexican restaurant Gorditos prides itself in serving a burrito the size of a baby. It’s customers have taken up the habit of taking a photo with their new born next to the burrito and putting the image up on the ‘baby wall‘. More than a frivolous prank the restaurant’s photo wall of newly borns exhibits [...]

Abundance Fantasies: Cornucopia

In the Abundance fantasies we explore the origin and contemporary meaning of symbols, stories and tropes of abundance. People have an insatiable desire for more, but in reality we constantly have to cope with scarcity. Perhaps the activation of an abundance iconography will help further ignite our desire for abundance and, because of this, our desire [...]

Force-Feeding Milk

On the occasion of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s World Milk Day the Thai Ministry of Health’s director-general Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk revealed an ill conceived plan to boost Thai’s youth milk consumption from 14 to 60 litres per year. The reason for this? To  increase the average Thai male height from 167cm to 175cm and [...]

PARs in the Womb

The Incredible Shrinking Man is interested to know what consequences can be expected for human height if nutrition availability after birth doesn’t match predictions by the fetus on the basis of its prenatal environment. During pre-birth development fetuses prepare for the world outside by using the health of their mother as a nutritional barometer. If the mother [...]