Artist/designer and massively independent researcher working on the subject of food culture, food systems and communities. This work is collaborative by nature and I therefore maintain an international network to produce design objectives and projects involving communities, food growing and micro-economies.
In 2004, Debra Solomon (US/NL) began publishing her independent research on culiblog.org on food, food culture, and the culture that grows our food. Culiblog is an internationally recognized resource about food systems, sustainability, urban agriculture, food-related art/design, architecture, and urban planning.
Solomon’s recent work includes temporary 'concept' restaurants e.g. a sprout restaurant exclusively serving micro-greens based up on the notion that anyone, even those without land and light can contribute to feeding themselves.
Lucky Mi Fortune Cooking in Rotterdam and Amsterdam is mobile snack lab and culinary embassy in Amsterdam and Rotterdam based upon the notion of super use of neighbourhood products, expertise, and facilities. The snack lab will produce 100% neighbourhood, in-situ snack innovation through collective entrepreneurship and resulting in actual dim sumptuous snacks.
Currently Solomon is working on several commissions in Amsterdam that are radical visions for community involvement and urban agriculture. Aside from edible landscaping, her co-designs include open to the public kitchen playground facilities and infrastructure intended to bolster local food-related micro-economies.
For the NAi in 2007 Solomon co-curated the exhibition the Edible City about food and the built environment. She was the food domain expert of Newcastle's Design Biennial (Dott 07) and the Dott 07 Urban Farming project. As part of St. Etienne’s Cite du Design 2008, John Thackara has asked Solomon to curate the portion of this year’s international design exhibition with the most radical expressions of food and sustainability.