What happens when species meet?

23 March 2024
Location: IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture
14:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 20:00

Whether you eat to live or live to eat, food is an inseparable part of our lives, not only from a nutritional aspect but also from a social one. Sharing food is one of the oldest forms of gathering and community building. But how does the omnipresence of technology affect how we relate to food and, consequently, each other?  A well-known saying among chefs is, “You eat with your eyes first,” meaning that the appearance of food is just, if not more, important than how it eventually tastes. The visual emphasis given to food is even more present through social media platforms that present highly aesthetic dishes to please followers rather than nourish our loved ones. How can we work together with technology to reclaim the communal aspect of food?

Be My Guest! explores the spatial, cultural, and social relationships of design, new media technologies and AI, through one of the most common and oldest gathering rituals in our everyday lives – a communal dinner. The host of this dinner? AI. This way, Be My Guest! allows for discussions on the growing socio-cultural role of AI-models and their integration as a new kind of social species in our everyday scenarios. 

What happens to the human experience when AI becomes our dinner host, co-creator of the spatial experience and co-author of the menu? Join us on 23 March for an AI-hosted meal at 14:00 or 19:00 to find out! 

For this event, two types of tickets are available: table spot (€15) and spectator (€10).

With a table spot, you become a part of the mixed reality performance: a seat at the table, VR glasses, the full menu and the spatial experience designed by AI. As a spectator, you experience the performance from a distance, seeing the virtual reality world on a screen and enjoying the dishes as a tasting menu. Both tickets include food.

The dishes for this performance are prepared by Nico Pasta.

An exhibition ticket also gives you access to this performance, but excluding food.



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