Ace Salama, “Porcelain Gloop Croissant”, 2023
Past Event

Gloop: Exploring Urban Food Systems in 2049 (Part 1)

Presented by Futureology in collaboration with Swinburne University School of Design and Architecture and supporting partner BETA By STH BNK


Thu 25 May 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri 02 Jun 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sat 03 Jun 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Fri 09 Jun 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sat 10 Jun 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Opening event


Free, booking required


“The Gloop Factory”, Next door to Hanover House, 158 City Road, Southbank VIC 3006 Access to Entrance via Waterfall Lane, off Power Street
158 City Road, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia


Wheelchair accessible

Gloop: Exploring Urban Food Systems in 2049 (Part 1) is a public exhibition by interdisciplinary futurist arts practice Futureology in collaboration with Swinburne University School of Design and Architecture and BETA By STH BNK , exploring future urban food systems through a tour of a “Gloop” Factory in 2049, in a world that has reached 1.5 degrees, where global food systems are under strain, with a population nearing 10 billion, and a rapidly altered planet.  

At this time, “Gloop Corp” has presented a new solution: an AI-enhanced, sustainable food product that transforms from bland to a vibrant, flavourful feast when experienced through “Augmented Taste” technology, exploring the intriguing interplay between our minds and taste buds. From the explosive fireworks ice cream to the visually captivating marble broccoli to the classic porcelain croissant, these innovative concoctions challenge our preconceived notions of taste and aesthetics while offering a sustainable alternative to traditional food sources, but at what cost ? Not everyone agrees with this new global monofood, as visually tasty as it may seem. 

The Exhibition also features the work of Swinburne Architecture and Urban Design Masters students who have been tasked with responding to this unique scenario in their designs of urban food systems and spaces in 2049, through a “futureneering” process and exploration of alternate realities. 

How might our menus, food spaces, and dining experiences be different in a world of “Gloop” and what can we do to turn this around in the future?



BETA By STH BNK is a revolutionary testing area exploring the future of retail through a series of events and residencies across fashion, learning, food, art and technology. These unique and innovative events are designed to give Melburnians a feel for what can be expected as part of Beulah’s transformative and visionary mini-metropolis, STH BNK By Beulah.

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