Quick & Easy Recipes for Disaster
In my artwork Quick & Easy Recipes for Disaster, a hybrid media installation involving Internet and augmented reality components produces randomly generated, 'impossible' recipes, in both textual and 'cooked' 3D model form. A program called Recipeater draws from a database of hundreds of ingredients, implements and processes and computationally recombines them to produce speculative recipes, unmooring the idea of food from its edible representation. Participants in the installation view the food online as a typical recipe blog post, and as a 3D model tracked and projected onto a plate through an augmented reality application called EntréAR. EntréAR takes the recipes generated by Recipeater and performs them algorithmically on a database of 3D scanned ingredients to produce a 3D model of the dish described in the recipe. This resulting virtual dish is projected and tracked to a plate via augmented reality. The conceptual circuit of the piece is completed by the gesture of the participant who consumes the food by taking a 'food pic' of it and sharing it to social media. The physical form of the food withdraws from the scene, disclosing the interface itself as object. Quick & Easy Recipes for Disaster is an aesthetic system that attempts to understand the nature of the experience of social media and the Internet, through the tropic figure of food and its mediated online form.