Telematic Dinner Party

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Telematic Dinner Party (TDP) is a series of exploration of how we can combine the rituals around food and our consumer technology to enhance the connection between co-located groups. There is an increasing desire for individuals to connect through computer-mediated communication. In particular, there is a growing trend of applications aspiring to support social presence in social and leisure settings. Ultimately the aim is to recreate and re- imagine something everyday, just eating with others, a social communion. Something that is for everyone to be shared with anyone. The study explored the opportunities for social presence around the practices of a dinner party. The results highlight implications for designing social structure as the main contributor to social presence rather than the technology platform. The research and development of the dinner parties occured over 6 months the summer of 2011.



Calibrated Cuisine: Telematic Dinner Parties

The Telematic Dinner Party is research project by Pollie Barden a PhD researcher in Media & Arts Technology at Queen Mary University of London.  It is a project is created in collaboration with Furtherfield, Culture Lab, Latitudinal Cuisine, Telenoika, ITP Camp, NYC.


About the Collaborators:

Furtherfield, London, UK

Furtherfield is an London, UK based arts organization that promotes the creative and critical engagement with practices in art and technology people are inspired and enabled to become active co-creators of their cultures and societies. Telematic Dinner Party was developed in support of Furtherfield’s  “Rich Networking” and “We won’t Fly for Art” initiatives. We Won’t Fly for Art is a campaign started with the commitment of Ruth Catlow and Marc Garret, co-founders of Furtherfield, not fly to art conferences and the like.  The idea is to reduce the carbon footprint. The commitment is dependent on getting 6 people to agree with them and each of those 6 people get 6 people and so forth. A pyramid scheme for the environment. To date 96 people have signed up to the pledge not to fly for art for six months. The Rich Networking series began as a thought experiment about ways of convening artists, curators, technologists, musicians, thinkers and researchers in geographically distant venues to share their knowledge, experience, perspectives and approaches to sustainable international collaboration and exchange.

Culture Lab, Newcastle, UK

Culture Lab is both a physical building and a group of collaborators in the field of creative practice. It is home to a core group of permanent staff, who teach and provide administrative support for the degree programmes housed there. There are also many individuals and research groups who base themselves at Culture Lab and make use of the extensive facilities while working on their individual projects.

Latitudinal Cuisine, London, UK

Latitudinal Cuisine (LatCui) was founded by Alex Haw 2009. LatCui is a community of people exploring the world of global food and local friendships. They organize weekly dinners in London and around the world where we cook food from the longitude corresponding to the day of the year. Everyone brings stuff, talks about it, talks with others, and shares what they brought. “We meet locally and eat globally; we meet those before us to discuss the world beyond us. We help people learn about the world – and each other – by researching the way others cook and live.” They bring people together to share and socialise and connect; to expand their networks as much as their consciousness. It is an open, inclusive and participatory environment where all are welcome, regardless of their means or abilities, background or beliefs.

Telenoika, Barcelona, Spain

Founded on 2000, Telenoika was created as a group of people interested in the audiovisual creation, which desired to share knowledge with the public and to present them the constant innovations of the artistic languages produced thanks to the democratization that the arrival of new domestic audiovisual technologies has meant.

ITP Camp, New York, US

ITP Camp is like ITP Classic put in the blender and smooshed into a month. It is ITP’s test kitchen, its R&D arm, its back of the napkin. It’s the place were we encourage you, our faculty, former students, colleagues, and community to experiment, challenge, and play. For 30 years ITP has been a hub of experimentation in art, media and technology. Since June 2010, ITP Camp has been where ITP tries the newest and edgiest on for size.