Recent advances in tissue engineering have enabled us to grow meat without the expense, cruelty and traditions of rearing the whole animal. This project examines how we might choose to give shape, texture and flavour to this new sort of food in order to better remind us where it came from.
The MRI steak – an anatomically complicated piece of meat.
The mobile animal MRI [Magnetic Resonance Imaging] unit scours the countryside looking for the most beautiful examples of cows, pigs, chickens and other livestock. Once located, the creature is scanned from head to toe, creating accurate cross-sectional images of its inner organs.
The most interesting and aesthetically pleasing examples of anatomy are used as templates to create moulds for the in-vitro meat (we wouldn’t choose to eat the same old boring parts that we eat today). The result is a satisfyingly complicated and authentic form of food.
24 Feb 2008