Introduction – Jimmy Tang


Hi. I am a 2nd year Parsons MFA Design and Technology candidate. My background is graphic design and web. My focuses have been interactive design and creative coding. For my thesis project, I am focuing on working with food, and using design and technology as ways to gain more control on the food we eat. I am interested on topics such as citizen food science, open-source food, organic and artificial systems, and food/bio hacking. I am currently interning at the MET’s Media Lab, where I can explore ways to intergrate art with food. 

Living Devices
 by Weijing Xu, MFADT 2013

Besides harvesting food from a plant or animal source, I am also interested on growing other kinds of organism as a food source, including protist, fungus and bacteria. Weijing’s project explores the intersection between organic and artificial systems. It shows me the possibility to control live bacteria with a electronic control system. Since bacterias play an important role in some food productions (cheese, yogurt, kimchi, bread, yeast, wine, beer, and any kind of fermented food), having a better understand and control on how they behavior can help us to improve the quality of food and the overall food production.

DIY High Fructose Corn Syrup
by Maya Weinstein, MFADT 2013

Maya’s project introduces the idea of citizen food science to me. It unraveled the process of making one the most widely-used food ingredients – high fructose corn syrup with a simple DIY kit and a step-by-step instruction. It allows everyone to be a citizen food scientist and take control of the mysteries behind industrial food production.

by Chris Piuggi, MFADT 2012

Chris ‘s project is a perfect example of urban agriculture, and how can we harvest food in a urban environment today. He adopted theaquaponics model – utilizing hydroponics as a means to produce plants and fish symbiotically. Fish and plants can be grown in balance of each other; as a result, it creates two food sources at once. Hydron is also connected to the Internet, so individuals can provide open-source data on the health of their ecosystems.