Lickestra is a musical licking installation and performance that explores the intersection of smart objects and food design. It was developed in collaboration with food designer Emilie Baltz and musician Arone Dyer of Buke & Gase.
Playing with the experience from tongue to taste, the performance presents a series of conductive ice creams that trigger various baselines and tones when licked. From improvisation to orchestration, eater becomes performer as the primitive act of licking reaches beyond flavor perception to become an instrument for play.
Read about the Lickestra:
WIRED: Design "By Licking These Ice Cream Cones, You Can Make Music"
Core77: Carla Diana, Emilie Baltz & Arone Dyer Let You Have Your Ice Cream and Lickestrate It, Too
PSFK: Conductive Ice Cream Turns Licks Into A Musical Symphony
Edible Geographies: Ice-cream Orchestra
The Lickestra 2.0 took place February 12, 2014 at the funky Specials on C bodega-turned-gallery with ice cream courtesy of Big Gay Ice Cream. Lickestra 1.0 was performed at the SVA Visible Futures Lab.
Developed as Artist in Residence at the Visible Futures Lab in New York City, 2014. Images: Emilie Baltz.