Elín Margot

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Elín Margot is a food designer/artist currently located in Reykjavík, Iceland.

She graduated from a BA in product design at the Burgundy Superior School of Applied Art (ÉSAAB); a MA in social design at the Insitu Lab and a MA in critical/speculative design at the Icelandic University of the Arts.

Lately she has been focusing on the representation of gender in our food habits, questioning our interspecies relationships in our food system and creating a gentle activism through food practices such as fermentation.  

Food is a carrier of culture, it is the holistic result of innumerable human interactions, technologies and beliefs and has the incredible power of shaping our society. Elín Margot creates unique foods and eating experiences that question our present society and explore alternative futures. Food here is both an artistic medium and a communication tool she uses to create convivial multi-sensory edible events. By displaying real elements of a food fiction, she calls on the audience's judgement and hopes to create debate in the experimenter’s mind.

“Eating and its associated activities are
embodied, social practices that are meaningful
and meaning‐making.”


2017 - 2019
Iceland University of the Arts, Reykjavík, IS.
︎MA Design, exploration and translation.

2015 - 2017
Insitu Lab, Strasbourg, FR.
︎MA Service design.

2013 - 2015
Superior School of Applied Arts, Nevers, FR.
︎HND (BTS) Product design.

2010 - 2013 René Descartes High School, Cournon d’Auvergne, FR.
︎A level (Baccalauréat) in Applied Arts.

Selected exhibitions/performances

2021 This tale carried its beginning in a bag.
performance & videowork for Walking Landscape, Metropolis, Aarhus, DK.

Lots of trouble, lots of kin to be going on with.
group exhibition, Midpunkt gallery, Kópavogur, IS.

Food Culture Institute, Reykjavík, IS.

the end of me, the beginning of you,
group exhibition, Kling&Bang gallery, Reykjavík, IS.

Carnal Appetite Soloshow in Flæði gallery, Reykjavík, IS.

Money Shot
Plan B art festival, Borgarnes, IS.

Useful Fictions
symposium, École polytechnique, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, FR.

Would you like some more human? OMEN, MA Design graduating show, Reykjavík, IS.

What is food without oil?Counterpoint, exhibition, bankrupt Viðir, Reykjavík, IS.

Counterpoint, exhibition, bankrupt Viðir, Reykjavík, IS.

2018Radio Confessional
Babel Radio, performance, Nylistasafnið, Reykjavík, IS.

Du corps_ à l’ouvrage
Reciprocity, triennale of design and social innovation, Liège, BE.

Forms of Life, exhibitionThe Nordic House, Reykjavík, IS.

2017 Du corps_ à l’ouvrage 
Insitu Lab graduation show, Le Shadock, Strasbourg, FR.

Project manager

Founder and manager of TRASH festival, sustainable design festival on re-use practices.

Founder and project manager of MÁL/TÍÐ Food Culture Institute.

Founder and design manager of the debating platform Deb[eat]e, Reykjavík, IS.

Design manager for the start-up Dropar úr Lofti, Reykjavik, IS.

Co-founder and co-project manager for the workshops “Fabriques ton aide technique!” (build your own technical aid) at AV Lab, Strasbourg, FR.