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Epicurean Endocrinology

Liz Flyntz is a curator, writer, artist, and information architect. Her special area of focus is speculative product design and systems-based art. She is a research fellow at the Prelinger Archives, studying the history and future of food system collapse. Byron Rich is an artist, professor, and lecturer born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His work exploring speculative design, biology futures, and tactical media ecology has been widely shown and spoken about internationally. He now serves as assistant professor of art and director of the Art/Science + Innovation program at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.


Epicurean Endocrinology is concerned with how food is gendered and sexed. We use food and cooking to examine the intersections of food systems, endocrine disruptors, corporate influence, and cultural ideology. We investigate and represent how food affects notions of gender and entrenches gender norms, and how corporations, institutions, and entrenched systems influence and alter bodies and hormones. Epicurean Endocrinology exposes and emphasizes the performative similarities and gendered cultural associations between kitchens and laboratories. “Kitchen/Lab” is a mobile performance and workshop space that doubles as a gallery exhibition, with DIY tools for endocrine disruptor detection and extraction.