This audiovisual piece is an ode to the sensuality of eating, to human beauty, an invitation to interact with food differently and explore it in playful sensuality, acknowledging its voluptuous life. This is a call to embrace desire for what it is: a positive force of evolution rooted deep within the body and the mind.
Sensory deprivation is an ailment of modern society, a manifestation of our modern-time disconnection from Nature: While our minds overdose on visual information, the more emotionally-powerful senses of touch and smell are often neglected, undoubtedly affecting our well-being. Scientists believe that many people may be suffering from a chronic shortage of touch, named ‘Touch Hunger’.
Food is one of the most sensory stimuli of human experiences – together with sex – one we tend to indulge ourselves in to satisfy our hunger, or desire for pleasure. However, social conventions tend to silence our instincts, mindlessly driving us towards an etiquette that takes us away from the pleasures of food, instead of heightening them. When did our animal instincts – the ones that are at the basis of our humanity – become something vulgar?
Falling into desire can be an act of beauty, if done elegantly or, may we say, sensually. The quest for beauty (in and for all senses) is the aim of all desire, in everyday life, in philosophy, and in artistic endeavor.
The set of eating utensils showed in this video were created by Andreas Fabian, silversmith and designer with a PhD in spoons, and Charles Michel, a cook doing research in food aesthetics at Oxford University. Designed to unite functionality with sensuality, they aim to stimulate various senses to implicitly guide the mind into healthier consumptions. These prototypes are on show until February 2016 at the ‘Cravings’ exhibition, Science Museum, London.
Charles is a Franco-Colombian professional cook interested in the philosophy of food. He is currently conducting academic research as Chef-in-residence at the Crossmodal Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. His work focuses on understanding the role of the senses in modulating flavour perception, with a particular interest in the visual aesthetics of food, and consumption behaviour. Creating a bridge between the art and science of culinary practices could play a crucial role to design the healthier, more sustainable foods for the future of mankind.
No Water for Whales
NWFW is a visual art project with an imaginary determined by encounters with creative minds practicing different forms of media throughout the globe.
Through still & moving images, the aim of this platform/laboratory is to capture sensory landscapes that are faithful to the unrepeatable nature of the shoots, and the collaborators involved: in other words, filming as a performance. The eye aims to capture beauty in common sights of everyday life, embellishing the nature of human desires through poetical landscapes and imaginary Universes, with an aesthetically pleasing, soothing language. Image as an action, a representation of reality as imagined by curious brains, and circumstances.
No Water for Whales is a project led by Juliana Gómez, a Colombian social psychologist working as a photographer/film maker.
Featuring: Danielle OP
Music: Tristan und Isolde – Prelude
Conducted by Arturo Toscanini
Editing: Ana M. Alvarado
Design: Carles Murillo
Hair styling and make up: Juan D Moya