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Food in Times of Crisis, with the Ex-artists’ Collective

Bureau d'Alimentation

With Ex-artists’ collective (Tamás Kaszás and Anikó Loránt), Martyna Urbanowicz, Bart Backaert, De Keuken van het Ongewenste Dier and Heynsquared

After the lectures of SCI FI SESSIONS earlier the same day (see full programme elsewhere on this website,) Bureau d’Alimentation presents inspirational dishes and information about food that does not come from the supermarket, but simply grows on the side of the road.

Since 2011, Tamás Kaszás and Anikó Loránt (Ex-artists’ collective) are fascinated by the question of what we would eat after the world ends. Tamás Kaszás will present his ongoing research on ‘famine food’, and provide practical information on recognising, collecting and producing food in times of crisis.

We’ll start the dinner with an aperitif with Ginderella, brewed by the Heyneman brothers from no less than nine different weeds that wildly grow in Ghent.

The evening continues with a buffet of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, carefully prepared with ingredients found by artist and chef Martyna Urbanowicz.The day before the dinner, local fauna and flora expert Bart Backaert will guide Martyna and the Bureau d’Alimentation on a tour through Aalst for the collection of our main ingredients. For meat-lovers we’ll serve wild goose that were slaughtered at Schiphol airport under the guise of disturbing the airport traffic. Helping to stop this foodwaste, De Keuken van het Ongewenste Dies was established.


  • The kitchen is open from 6 to 8 pm, in the presence of Tamás Kaszás.
  • Tamás Kaszás’ lecture will be English-spoken.
  • Price: 15 € per person, including aperitif and one vegetarian or meat-dish.
  • Please confirm your attendance by email at bureaudalimentation(at)


Bart Backaert is the head of Green maintenance service of the City of Aalst. In addition, Backaert is a herbalist, conducts ‘edible-city’ guiding walking and cycling tours, and is famous for its advocacy to introduce taxes for people who spoil their soil on grass instead of edible plants.

Martyna Urbanowicz lives and works in Poland and Belgium. Besides her artistic practice, she works as a chef and founder of Cosmik Garden, a self-sufficient organic garden that simultaneously functions as a meeting place for community activities and art.

De keuken van het Ongewenste Dier is a Dutch organization that sells products from animals that would otherwise be killed for absurd reasons. Amsterdam pigeons that attack tourists, or Schiphol goose who disrupt air traffic, the kitchen catches these aimless slaughterings and brings them back into the food chain.

Jan and Geert Heyneman (Heynsquared) developed the famous Ginderella, a gin extracted from various weeds from Ghent. A city ecologist, Geert knows exactly how to find the right plants.

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