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Part of Symposium on City and Nutrition

Kleine Stadtfarm

Vienna, AT

In preparation

Organised and published by Die Feldversuche Kunstverein

Physiologies of Desire

landscapes of taste


glass, stainless-steel, uv & blacklight, quinine, water, sound

Tons are produced poorly,

tons are wasted, too.

Too much gets to some,

far too little to others.

Too much choice, yet, not enough diversity.

Alienated but quickly relocated.

New colours, new forms, new consequences

for land, people and health.

Unequal access, malnutrition.
Lack of sovereignty, diminishing of flavour.

No sun, no soil; efficiency, automatons.

The landscapes of taste.

Exhibition & Symposium on City and Nutrition

Kleine Stadtfarm

Vienna, AT

August 26 - 27, 2023 

Organised by Die Feldversuche

with artists Paul Haas, Line Lyhne, Michèle Pagel,

Bianca Pedrina, Julia Riederer & Valentino Skarwan

Photos by Carolina Forer and Claudia Lomoschitz



pvc pipes, marshmallow


as part of Springboard Art Fair

Utrecht, NL

June 8 - 11, 2023 

Organised by This Art Foundation

Curated by Berthe Schoonman

with artists Muzammil Hussain, Su Melo,

Joachim Mestriner & Nosh Neneh

Photos by Carolina Forer, Almicheal Fraay, Nosh Neneh & Diego Virgen



Marshmallow Shawarma

with nuts, dark chocolate, tropical fruits and more


Project Space

Groningen, NL

January 7 & 8, 2023 

New Years Toast & Apotheose FOOD PROCESSORS Organised by Marie-Jeanne Ameln & Ron Ritzerfeld

Photos by Marie-Jeanne Ameln, Diego Virgen

Tiling up, stuffing down

soft dilemma: to tile a wall at a former butchery space, or to touch, lick, taste and eat the sweet tiles!

participatory installation with marshmallow


Project Space

Groningen, NL

November 26, 2022 - January 8, 2023

As part of group exhibition FOOD PROCESSORS

Organised by Marie-Jeanne Ameln & Ron Ritzerfeld

Photos by Jedidja Smalbil, Marie-Jeanne Ameln, Diego Virgen

~250 kg


Performance by Yarre Stooker

At Fedlev Building

Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Amsterdam, NL

October 13, 2021

Photos by Diego Virgen


At Roots and Wings

Project Fabriek

Het Hembrugterrein, Zaandam

with Studio for Immediate Spaces

Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Graduation Show

October 8-10, 2021

Curated by Aleksandra Zawistowska, Emilie Bordes,

Katharina Sook-Wilting, Kristoffer Zeiner, Matteo Viviano,

Sheona Turnbull, & Stefania Rigoni

Special thanks to Frisia Marshmallow Production Plant in Harlingen

& Production Manager Jan Walstra

Meditations by Antonio Edgardo Cingolani

photos by Diego Virgen, Mathias Vincent

featured at Metropolis M


... or the (un)necessary–yet sweet & fluffy–pleasures of marshmallow

marshmallow pillows, site-specific installation

at Finally, Things are Happening

Maison Descartes, Amsterdam

with Studio for Immediate Spaces

Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie

June 22-27, 2021

Curated by Kristoffer Zeiner

photos by Elmer Driessen, Mathias Vincent & Pien van Gerven

featured at Mister Motley Magazine

My Connection to the WE

encounter and conversations with Philipp Furtenbach

with Studio for Immediate Spaces

at Maison Descartes, Amsterdam

Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie

organized by Diego Virgen

Spring 2021

Parasite Diner #1 Nixtamalizado

in collaboration with Ilke Gers

food, chalk lines with Ilke Gers, site-specific installation

menu: queso fresco & barley koji crackers, cauliflower mousse with sea scallops & szechuan button flowers, seaweed ice-cream, morisqueta (beans & rice), marshmallow and liquorice root with barley coffee koji syrup & bee pollen, tepache (fermented pineaple).

Nixtamalización is a process for the preparation of maize, common in mexican pre-hispanic cuisine, in which the corn is soaked and cooked in an alkaline solution. It's mixed with water and chalk, the same used in construction and to mark playing fileds.

Parasite Diner is a series of occasional dine-in art shows, fermentation experiments, and take-out snacks. It is organised, curated and designed by Freja KirAram Lee and Paolo Patelli.

The traces were on display 13–15 March 2021 at When Site Lost the Plot

Hosted by M4 gastatelierWhen Site Lost the Plotfanfare.

Generously supported by AFK – Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

photos by Paolo Patelli

wbk 57°C/8hrs

an attempt to make an emphasis on the cooking processes–its relational aspects–leaving the food matter in itself at a secondary position. 

food, cooking equipment, interactive installation

February 17-21, 2021

Project Space 1

FEDLEV Building

Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie


photos by Stefan Meyer and Diego Virgen

The Marshmallow Shawarma

imagining alternative possibilities with sugar


City Center, Amsterdam

9-15 June, 2020

In collaboration with Studio for Immediate Spaces

Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie

design by Diego Virgen & Leonard Streich

photos by Francesca Lucchitta



Diego Virgen does research at the intersection of food studies, sociology, cooking and everyday life.

His work explores and encourages collective human encounters, rather than individual contemplation of produced objects. 

He is interested in the traceability of food, from the production, procurement and consumption, to the dematerialisations, imaginaries and speculations, that revolve around the landscapes of food.

Diego Virgen is constantly exploring spatial and artistic methods to address conviviality, commensality and alternative narratives of food. Recently, his explorations have been revolving around candies and people’s approach to sugar from a sociological and artistic perspective.

more research at

critical meals

critical meals, Wiltzanghlaan 60, 1061 HC Amsterdam

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