The Belly Bar
In previous beliefs some people thought hat we all had a little man inside our body called 'Mannikin'. It would have the shape of a man, more ethereal in nature, but shaping the person in size and behavior.
A couple of hundred years later scientists find out that we have trillions of micro-organisms in our bodies and on our skin. The 1-3 kg's of microbiome we have in our our digestive system have an influence that reaches far beyond the gut. It determines how we feel, how we look, even how we act.
Researching about this subject we learned about the role of these organisms and concluded the microbiome could be an entity on it's own. To make this system more present we made wearable suits with a kind of amplifier to tap into the sounds of the gut. We hoped to share knowledge with this interaction based project, raise conscience about our digestive systems and the big role it plays in our daily lives.
Project done at Design Academy Eindhoven as a continuation of the Salone del Mobile ''Eat Shit''-exposition organised by Marije Vogelzang. The belly bar was a collaboration with designer Leif Czakai.
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100% PULP project
What kind of application can be found for carrot pulp, a residual product of scraped, pre-packaged carrots?
When scraping carrots into baby-carrots, 40% of the carrot is lost. I processed the pulp in my lab into things like bright orange bio-plastic, dye and edible fabric. By making use of the carrot pulp, I made not only use of the residual material, but it also renders other resources for creating the same products unnecessary. Win-win!
TASTE SHAPE SYNESTHESIA
Intrigued by the hidden potential of shape in shaping our culinary encounters, this project initiated an investigation into people's tasting shape abilities. To accomplish this, a diverse group of shapetasters enthusiastically participated in an experiential process that involved savoring chocolate while simultaneously expressing their impressions through the medium of drawing. Capturing the intricacies of the shapes, textures, and sensations experienced, the project sought to shed light on how varying forms might influence our perception of taste.
Within the realm of gastronomy, this project delves into the intriguing variations in eating habits across diverse cultures and historical periods. Through meticulous research and thoughtful curation, the project presents a collection of 14 porcelain bowls, each a specific size and shape.
These bowls serve as powerful symbols, encapsulating the essence of the project's exploration. From the smallest bowl, symbolizing a day's ration of food in Auschwitz, to the largest bowl representing the tragic consequences of excessive consumption, this thought-provoking project initiates a poignant discussion: What volume do we choose to fill our own bellies with?
Through the careful juxtaposition of these distinct bowls, the project prompts viewers to embark on a profound journey of introspection. It invites us to examine our individual and collective relationship with food, challenging us to reflect on the choices we make and the impact they have on our bodies and well-being.
This exploration serves as a catalyst for broader conversations about eating habits, cultural influences, and the historical context that shapes our culinary experiences. By engaging with this project, we are encouraged to question our own behaviors and strive for a more conscious and harmonious connection with the food we consume.
Overall, this project acts as a medium for sparking dialogue and deepening our understanding of the multifaceted relationship between food, culture, history, and personal choices.
Scents make up the many sorts of volatile organic compounds used by plants to send out messages. There are thousands of these substances, twelve of which active in each and every plant, even cacti.
These compounds are fused into communication cocktails by the plant itself, each having its own particular specificity and purpose. This phenomena of signaling via volatiles is divided into three reactions; to attract, repel and defend.
Before Lingua Planta translated into a line of perfumes, there was an installation that translated the visual, audio and olfactory of the science of plant volatile messaging system.