Surplus, Value and waste
In 2018, the cabbage harvest was affluent. In fact, the abundant harvest was too much for farmers to process for a fair price. Our current economic system has turned this perfectly eatable and nourishing foods into worthless surplus. The costs to harvest cabbage cannot compete with the low prices demanded by the market. Is it also possible to add value in a different way? In turning the white cabbage into his spirit vegetable Arne Hendriks celebrates the 'worthless' white cabbage to re-instate and determine its value together.
For The Incredible Shrinking Man, Arne Hendriks set out on a long inquiry into the possibility of shrinking, and the consequences for humanity. Following his proposal for an economy that embraces shrinking, he was artist in residence at Rabobank. Through his artistic work, he investigates how this big agricultural bank could be one of the main players in a new and more balanced food-system for the future.