Katrina Pelikan Baselj
Tutors: Amanda Karsberg and Gabriel Kanulf
A project made during MAD Summer School
We all need food to survive. But the art of eating has been diluted, and we have replaced cooking and eating in community with snacks on the go. Many of us are so disconnected from the ritual of sharing a meal that a long dinner is reserved for special occasions. We recognize the need for reconnection: between people & people, people & nature, and people & food. Through these objects, we reconsider traditional utensils and offer a set of tools that allow you to slow down and savor every bite shared in a company. We decided to offer a solution that is not so far removed from the ceremony of sharing a meal. Perhaps these objects are the reason for gathering, like a watering hole where animals come back together after a long migration. We were inspired by the communal meals shared at the summerschool, as well as cultures that feed one another as a sign of respect. We studied natural organisms that communicate through close proximity: mushroom spores, lichen, coral reefs, and microscopic cells. The forms are familiar but not immediate - they require interaction and play.
To begin the meal, at least two people will lift the surface onto the metal frames. These frames can be propped upright for sitting in chairs or horizontally for sitting on the ground. Thus, the ritual begins as a team effort. Bowls of food are brought to the table and nested in their spaces, but there is room for rearranging throughout the meal. The bowls are rounded to activate the motion of sharing as they pass from laps to hands. This ceremony of tasting and touching will rekindle families: both those we come from and those we make.