culinary viruses

Cooking with viruses workshop

17-5-18 20:00 - 17-5-18 22:30
Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam

During this workshop we’ll explore incorporating viruses into our cooking practices with 3-package deal artist Pei-Ying Lin. Join us as we partake in some food for thought and paint the oft-vilified virus in a new light. Could viruses provide us with new culinary delicacies? Could eating certain viruses be beneficial for our bodies?

In her research, Pei-Ying explores our viral future and the potential of viruses as ingredient in our dishes. Participants are challenged to place themselves in the shoes of future generations that might voluntarily be hosts of viruses.

This workshop is in English.

There are limited places available for this workshop. Buy a ticket via the link above. Admission is € 5, including a drink.

Bacteria and viruses

Our attitude towards bacteria has changed dramatically in recent years. Since its discovery in the 17th century, bacteria has been seen as a threat to human health and hygiene. Yet modern research often finds that bacteria applied in the right way can have positive results. While bacteria’s public image has improved, the virus is still largely thought of as a villain. Research on viruses is new and positive applications are still relatively unknown, which means there is a lot to discover. There is a lot to be discovered there. Read an interview with Pei-Ying Lin about her works as part of the 3Package Deal here.


19:30 - 20:00 Doors open
20:00 - 20:20 Welcome to the future - Tasting Event
20:20 - 20:40 Introduction to the Viruses in Cookery
20:40 - 22:00 Workshop
22:00 - 22:30 Presentation and discussion

About the artist

Pei-Ying Lin is a Taiwanese bio-art designer and artist, member of the Taiwanese BioArt Community and co-founder of Ouroboros - Organic Organism of O. From September 2017 until August 2018 Pei-Ying Lin is collaborating with Mediamatic, Vrije Universiteit and Waag as part of the 3Package Deal of the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).

Critical Making

In this workshop series we invite a maker, thinker, inventor, designer or artist to come in and discuss their work. We engage in conversation and get to work in the Fablab ourselves.