LUCY'S VARIETE MATINEE - on diversity and innovation
October 11, 2016
On Friday 7th of October, we launched our LUCY - PEEL PETUUM MOBILE project at Heyde Hoeve with a closed symposium.
Speakers included Tiny Schepers (Heyde Hoeve), Koen Vanmechelen (artist), Jorrit Kiewik (Youth Food Movement), Herman van Bekkem (Greenpeace), Petra Remans (MOUTH) and Ignace Schops. All agreed that the food production system is under pressure and that initiatives like LUCY help to draw positive attention to the current challenges faced in agriculture.
LUCY - PEEL PETUUM MOBILE is a collaboration between Koen Vanmechelen and Heyde Hoeve, four pig farmers in Holland that differentiate through their focus on transparency and sustainability in food production. With LUCY, a bio-diverse pig is created. A new pig that tells the story of the search for a better, more sustainable economic system. After the recent focus on monoculture in farming, the project argues that crossbreeding is essential and the only solution for sustainable production.
LUCY is the result of the crossing between the industrial Duroc and the Mangalica, a hardy type of Hungarian pig. Through an open stable, visitors are offered a unique view in the essential part of the process: the beginning.
LUCY, however, is determined to see the world herself. She travels in a food truck constructed by artist Koen Vanmechelen; the LUCY BOAR a hot dog stand on wheels. The LUCY DOG tells her story; it is food for the brain and the stomach. Know what you eat, knowledge is the food of the soul.
LUCY was developed by Koen Vanmechelen and Heyde Hoeve. The Foodmonkeys created culinary hot dogs based on the concept. The collaboration is part of the project FoodLabPeel in which ZLTO bkkc and Peel Network collaborate to develop new perspectives on intensive farming in The Peel, Eindhoven (NL).