Download my food is a flavor project that features two components. The first is an offline installation featuring vegan jellies in a mini-fridge with a computer set on top of the fridge. In an attempt to use crowd-sourcing as a means of digitizing the flavor information, visitors must try a jelly, and – while tasting – are commanded to fill out a Google Form attempting to collect information on the jelly’s flavor: taste, smell, texture, etc. In turn, their submissions are gathered into a dataset that is made publicly available online. Online visitors access a webpage with a single link that reads “download my food”, which triggers upon clicking the download of both the recipe as an XML file and the current version of the dataset.
CBORG is a collaborative roving research team working to make sensory education and research more widely accessible and politically/artistically valuable to our communities in Chicago. Resting upon the belief that smell is a skill and way of knowing that has been long devalued by systems of power, the group was co-started by researcher Eleonora Edreva and myself with the intention that everyone could use more practice learning through their noses.
Perfect melon is a VR performance aiming to create a fictional corporate persona as a pseudo technology corporation. The “corporation” behind Perfect Melon exploits the alienated senses of its consumers by claiming its products will “reconnect” the viewers to the romanticized idea of a lost natural world. Moreover, Perfect melon explores the corporate interests hidden by the guise of community-building. Perfect melon is activated by audience participation with real-time audio, visual, and flavor components. The participants enter the virtual space with the mission of finding the perfect melon through slapping, hearing, and tasting different melons. Each chosen melon has a unique flavor profile mixed by a flavor (smell + taste) display.