Minsu Kim | Living food

Minsu Kim
Based in Hongkong
Royal College of Art, London  |  Industrial Design
Project: Synthetic Biology   |   mar 2012 – jun 2013

This project explores new culinary experiences potentially through developments in synthetic biology. Living food finds its lineage in haute cuisine and molecular gastronomy. A set of future dining experiences were designed where food behaves like a living creature entertaining us through an empathetic connection.

Main objective of this project was to explore how food could evolve in the future from developments in emerging technologies. With this project I proposed a future where food shifts towards being a channel of aesthetic experiences: What if food were consumed alive, as a fictional character? What if food was able to play with our cutlery and create hyper-sensations in our mouth? Synthetic biotech has already started to create artificial life in organic forms, breathing life into artificial digestible forms no longer resides as a mere fantasy 1)2). Could this be an opportunity for us to venture into the fictional realms, through physical yet real interactions with nutritional consumables which offers a new dimension in our culinary experiences?

I believe the role of aesthetics is not simply to make things beautiful, but to awaken novel senses. I am interested in creating interactions that evoke new emotional and psychological reactions. To achieve this I probe the boundary between the living and the artificial, and through exploration of future sensory experiences. Through this process, I aim to design new media that awakens and enriches future lives.


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