Food is important. It concerns each and every person, locally and on a global scale. Especially considering industrialized agriculture, the global food industry and the impact it leaves on our planet, food is something we should think about.
Our relationship to food says a lot about our relationship to nature. Virtually everything we eat somehow comes from nature. So it really is interesting to see how we tend to handle our food. Sometimes with ignorance and carelessness or with time, effort and care.
This is where this project comes in. I set out to explore how we handle and shape our food and how this is connected to how we perceive its taste. My goal with this project is to design an experience in the context of our exhibition in July that gives the visitors the opportunity to explore this connection themselves.
In order to do this, I came up with the following four steps the user is guided through.
First, I want to provide the visitors some kind of context why this project is important and how it works, thus making them curious.
After that, I want to actually show them what this project is about by serving different samples that explain the connection between shape and taste.
Then, I would like to leave them alone and let them try themselves. I want to encourage them to compose their own dishes, namely a cucumber and radish salad, in a way they would not have done before. By providing some kind of framework or playground I make sure they do not get lost.