Bat Brunch Lab

Kuang-Yi Ku and Robert Johnson

Taipei/Eindhoven and London

25 Mar

The Science Gallery, King’s College London Great Maze Pond London SE1 9GU

How do you feel about eating bat?

You’re invited to the year 2050. A network of scientists and engineers are working to protect nature and traditional cultures through the introduction of artificial wildlife.

Why? Because in 2020, media hype linked the source of coronavirus to the custom of eating bats in Asia. A video of a Thai food blogger eating bat soup went viral, leading to her arrest. In the name of safety, the practice was condemned. But what is it about eating bats that makes people in the West feel uneasy? And shouldn’t we try to find ways to safely preserve our traditions?

The Bat Brunch Lab researchers want to show you how their bio-engineered bats can become a superfood for humans, protect this endangered species and prevent future pandemics. Join a fictional focus group to help them understand if there’s a (super)market for their cutting-edge science. Through a series of free workshops and talks, you’ll not only find out that synthetic bats are nutritious, but also how design and science can intervene in our food systems and protect both humans and non-humans alike.

Bat Brunch Lab is part of the artistic research and development of a project by artists Kuang-Yi Ku (Taipei/Eindhoven) and Robert Johnson (London).


12pm Arrive at Science Gallery London and immerse yourself into the year 2050.

Grab a complimentary bat brunch snack and make your way into our lab to hear three expert scientists offer mini-lectures on their specialist fields and how they relate to the future we’ll be exploring.

12:40pm Rotate through three workshops which invite you to explore:

Health – could bat meat be a medicine of the future? How far would you go to access the health-giving benefits of bat?

Safety – what processes will we need in the future to identity poison and harmful substances in our (artificial) foods?

Culture – can we develop a ritual together to connect the ancient tradition of eating bats to the modern production of artificial bat meat?

1:45pm The event ends. To follow the project as it evolves, sign up to our newsletter.


Please note:

This event is for over 18s.

Bat Brunch Lab will be filmed and photographed. If you do not want to be filmed or photographed please let our team know and they will make sure you are not captured on camera.



Food design

We’ve partnered with The Robin Collective on the food design for Bat Brunch Lab. 
The Robin Collective is an award winning creative agency based in London. For over a decade, they have specialised in promoting prestigious brands all over the world and creating content that makes global headlines. With extensive expertise in food and sensory science, creative design and consumer understanding, the collective of creatives offer everything from consultancy to full-scale event production and bespoke product design. With a passion for innovation, they’ve built a cake hot air balloon, cooked for astronauts and continue to deliver many ‘world’s firsts’ such as their colour changing cocktail and sustainable plant based takeaway (fully edible packaging included).
Wait until you see the magic they’re cooking up for Bat Brunch Lab!

Science Gallery London

Part of King’s College London, Science Gallery London is a place to grow new ideas across art, science and health.


Co-Commissioned by LIFT and Taipei Performing Arts Center.

Funded by ARTWAVE and the British Council as part of the International Collaboration Grants. Supported by Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor advised fund at the London Community Foundation. Research and development supported by Science Gallery London, part of King’s College London, and the Embassy of the Netherlands in the UK.



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