“In the Middle Ages there were no national cuisines but, then again, there was no nationalism either. As nations emerged, however, peoples and governments went through great lengths to set themselves apart, and although Europeans all had access to the same ingredients, their manner of preparing them became distinguishing features as “national” dishes emerged’.”
in A Movable Feast: Ten Millennia of Food Globalization by Kenneth F. Kiple

PALATO is a project integrated in RIZOMA, connecting experiences of artistic and scientific creation in the fields of Art, Gastronomy and Heritage.

In the crossing line between artistic creation and scientific activity, we try not only to address issues related to Art, Gastronomy and material or immaterial Heritage, but also to extend this intersection to other sciences, connecting people and initiatives that identify with us and that have a determined palate in synesthesia with our menu.

Focused on a creative look at the Portuguese territory and its links with other regions, in particular the Mediterranean Arc and the Triangle Europe, Latin America and Africa, we have already carried out a series of actions in several monuments.

In 2013 we were in the Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar (3200-1200 BC), the Roman Villa Milreu (3rd century), the Lagos City Wall (Age of Discovery), the Castle of Aljezur (12th century until the first half of the 13th century – Islamic domain) and the Palace of Estoi (18th century).

Actions such as COOKING IN LANDSCAPE and TAVOLO develop artistic creation in dialogue with the sciences, working with Gastronomy, addressing creatively its technical processes, as well as its cultural and social representations.

PALATO also assumes itself as a platform that merges in an activist position of Free Digital Culture, because we believe it is possible to look at digital networks beyond their media and informative functions, integrating them into the process of artistic creation.

In this sense, our activities are passed on live, through a chat platform where the activity of the virtual audience is mapped. That broadcast results in an online archive, which is available for viewing on the PALATO channel. This collection material is investigated and serves as a starting point to create new works and other processes of artistic creation.

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