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  • The Gemüse Korb (Vegetable Basket) project, which started in 2010 as a mobile garden made from abandoned grocery carts.
    The Gemüse Korb (Vegetable Basket) project, which started in 2010 as a mobile garden made from abandoned grocery carts.

Lynn Peemoeller

Lecturer

Campus Box 1079
Biography 

Lynn Peemoeller is a food systems planner. In her work, she utilizes fields of natural sciences, urban planning, policy, agriculture, food, culture, activism, and the arts in a critical social practice. She uses food primarily as an investigation into questions of identity, culture, and place. Peemoeller aims to stand in the circle of community while co-creating and choreographing situations in which publics can engage in tactile, narrative, or performative actions in which we use the symbolism and materiality of food to explore place and identity and create both subjective and objective meanings.

As a planner, Peemoeller has worked extensively with farmers and farmers market development. She was at the forefront of the urban agriculture movement in Chicago while working as the urban agriculture liaison to the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. She went on to develop her own practice to manage initiatives to support the development of the regional Midwestern food system through urban food policy, market development, and farmer support programs. She taught a course in food systems at the Illinois Institute of Technology before moving to Berlin, Germany, where she activated her social practice in food systems through collaborations with the Institute for Spatial Experiments, other artists, and academics.
PeemoellerRecent works have been featured at E.KA.TE Nicosia-the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts; The Good Food Festival in Chicago; Artecytia in Thessaloniki, Greece; Berlin Food and Art Week; The Science Gallery in Dublin; the BMW-Guggenheim Lab Berlin; and the HKW Berlin Anthropocene Project.

Peemoeller is on the board of directors for the St. Louis Metro Market. She is currently supported by an artist grant from the Regional Arts Commission for a Supermarket Artist in Residence Project.