Shared Studio Portal starts October 3 at World Food Center

Interaction and food in a traveling container

Artists, scientists, administrators, local residents and food entrepreneurs from all over the world, who talk, laugh, work and innovate in a personal and compact setting. The Shared Studio Portal - a large converted sea container - its doors on the grounds of the World Food Center in Ede.

“The Shared Studio Portal in Ede is one of a total of 50 containers that spread throughout the world (from Mexico, Pakistan, Rwanda and Kenya to New York, Berlin and ... Ede-Wageningen) allow intimate encounters between people of all kinds Ron van der Sterren, as curator responsible for the content planning and implementation of the container at the WFC.

“With this mobile 'manufacturing site' that travels through Ede and Wageningen and moreover establishes a connection with the whole world, we want to increase the visibility of culture in Ede and Wageningen over the next two years. The idea is based on the globally known project Shared Studios by Amar Bakshi, with the intention of connecting the region with the world and with each other. ” 

In this project, people step into the sea container and then come into contact with people in another place in the world who are in a similar container at the same time. “It is reminiscent of the concept of 'wormholes' known from science fiction, places that make it possible to make a big leap to another place and time in one go. And it feels a bit like that. The way the container is set up and the smart use of technology actually creates the feeling that you are really in the same room with the other participants, who can therefore sit on the other side of the world. Last week we already had a number of test sessions, including with school children, and time and again the experience was described as overwhelming. ”

The Shared Studio will be officially opened on 3 October by Anne Janssen and Hester Veltman, aldermen of Wageningen and Ede. “We then have an open day on 4 October, where everyone who wants to see what it is and how it works can come and see us. From then on, various groups regularly enter the container to speak with other participants, elsewhere in the world. The provisional agenda is online but we still have a lot of room for new ideas and initiatives in the coming months. ”

Food central
"We don't start at the World Food Center for nothing," continues Ron van der Sterren. “Food is a universal theme internationally, fraternizing but at the same time also a theme about which there is much to do and about which there is an enormous amount of relevant knowledge and experience in our region. In portal we give that knowledge space in conversations, but we also make it tangible through so-called Shared Meals, where you have the feeling that you are sitting at one table with visitors on the other side of the world. ”

In terms of content, the subject is also directly addressed: "The National Geographic Education Summit will take place on 5 October and we will be presenting a number of speakers from Ede on the topic of" food safety and climate crisis. "

“Two weeks later, on World Food Day, 16 October, a conference on the Circular Food Economy will take place at the WFC - in the context of the Dutch Food Week, and contact will also be made via the Shared Studios with food-related participants in Nigeria, Kenya and Rwanda. "