Tasting History

Tasting History

Tasting History is a three year funded research initiative focusing on the dense, multivalent histories of everyday foodstuffs, including hard tack, Anzac biscuits, and fry bread. The heart of the project is a series of participatory taste workshops, designed to promote taste as a method for understanding history, culture, and politics.


  • April 26, 2019: Project launch at Everyday Militarisms, University of Sydney organized by Astrida Neimanis and Tess Lea
  • November 22 & 23, 2019: Two 3-hour-long participatory taste workshops at Cementa 19. Presented in collaboration with the Kandos Country Women’s Association. Cementa is a regionally situated, socially-engaged, artist-led organisation. The annual program of residencies and special projects culminates in the biennial Cementa Festival, which brings together over 60 regional and urban artists for a four-day celebration of Australian contemporary art and the small town that hosts it, Kandos NSW. My residency period was June 1-21, 2019.
  • April 23, 2020: Bake Together: Anzac Biscuits Live co-hosted with culinary historian Allison Reynolds

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This research is being conducted with approval from UNSW Human Ethics Research (#HC190344) and is funded by the Australian Research Council and UNSW Art & Design.