Abundance Fantasies: Spherical SoupOctober 30, 2013
The Disproportionate Restaurant investigates how downsizing the human species will affect our relationship with food. Over the past years we did a number of experiments, including abundance fantasies such as the Ostrich BBQ and Sunflower Table and explorations of new ingredients and possibilities such as the Somatostatin Zebrafish and Guinea Pig Farm. But it is not just about new ingredients and abundance. The physical properties of food will change because perception will change. This may create new exciting opportunities. During the 2013 World Food Festival Arne Hendriks and Vasiliki Giakoumi made a spherical tomato soup by combining the effects of surface tension in fluids with the hydrophobic qualities of a honeylocust leaf.
Although at our contemporary size a droplet of soup may seem whimsical it does present interesting new opportunities for a future in which man has become much smaller. Now we just need to find a way to keep the soup hot until it reaches the dinner table.