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In Roman times, the art of dining incorporated all the known senses to create a total gastronomic experience. In accordance with the ancient experience of dining, the Futurist Movement at the beginning of the 20th century experimented with sensational gastronomy.
Almost 90 years later, Mediamatic in Amsterdam invited Artist and Director Martin Butler and vegan chef Alexander Gershberg to develop a concept for a NEO FUTURIST DINNER, an eating experience whose aim is to re-think the way in which the world of food, art, and science come together, resulting in an unexpected multi-sensory dinner.
Inspired by the ideas of Kandinskys’s principles of Klangfarben, and the influence of the Chinese five elements: Tree, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, each course is created in accordance to the colour and underlying design principles of each element. Each course is designed in a different color, taste, smell, texture, and sound to create a five-course chromatic dining experience that matches western design with eastern philosophy.
The project’s research stems from studies in Synesthesia, a perceptual condition in which the stimulation of one sense triggers an automatic, involuntary experience in another sense. The project asks the question: if colour can create emotion, can that emotion and colour be enhanced by combining it with other senses? Part of the ongoing investigation is to see how a combination of these senses can create different emotional and social response from the guests through the course of the evening and heighten the gastronomic experience.
The Chromatic Dinner is a monochromatic, audio, visual, olfactory and culinary experience which plays with all the senses.
September 9, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Mutuus Studio SOLD OUT
September 13, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Galvanize Rooftop
September 14, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Galvanize Rooftop SOLD OUT
Martin Butler / martinbutlers.com
Through an interdisciplinary approach, artist and stage director
Martin Butler always hopes to bridge and combine various disciplines
such as dance, theatre, music, film, performance, new media, and
fashion. Trained in drama at Manchester University, and then later
choreography and performance at the SNDO in Amsterdam, he has been
creating performance work at various theatres and festivals
Alexander Gershberg / vegansundays.com
Vegan chef, Alexander Gershberg, was born in Russia, raised in Israel
and is currently based in Amsterdam. He founded Vegan Sundays, with
which he organizes pop-up events and cooking workshops. As a chef, he
has always been interested in more than just taste, concerning himself
with the way in which food also influences life in a broader sense.
Butler and Gershberg are working togther with Dutch designers Cedric van Parys, Funda Baysal, David Derksen and Mae Engelgeer to create unique works for the project, exploring how different design aspects can be also included to heighten further the gastronomic experience.
In collaboration with:
Het Nieuwe Instituut / hetnieuweinstituut.nl
Mediamatic / mediamatic.net