Design You Can Actually Taste

Drops of Flavour takes the concept of an interactive installation to a new level.

23 September 2013, 12:25pm

As anyone who's ever been to a museum before knows, touching the art is highly frowned upon. However at the DordtYart Centre for Contemporary Art in the Netherlands not only can get up close and personal with the work, but you can actually taste it.

Teardrop, created by Dutch artist Marije Vogelzang, is meant to conjure in visitors the feeling of youth and being fed by a loved one, reminiscent of a time when you were more open to new experiences. A transparent installation made up of five kilometres of rope and 24 glass pipettes, the ropes are suspended from three cylinders that reach from the ceiling to (just above) the floor. In an Alice In Wonderland-like twist, certain ropes are connected to a glass pipette filled with flavour, and have artfully designed tags attached to them. These ropes can then be pulled to release a drop of flavour to the participant below. Cryptically, the tags attached to the ropes contain phrases like “a fly just flew into my mouth”, “I will always be there for you” and “I’m so tired of myself".

"More than a visually powerful installation, Teardrop is also a tool for human interaction and play."- Marije Vogelzang 

Teardrop will be at DordtYart until October. Below is a recent Pop!Tech talk Vogelzang gave on merging her love of design, food, and tech into a viable business. You can also check out more of Vogelzang's work here.

Graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven, Marije Vogelzang studied the highly specialized area of "eating-design". Gaining a reputation for her art, Eindhoven went on to work as a creative force for several food-related businesses before starting her design studio/restaurant Proef (tasting or testing) in Rotterdam in 2004.

Eindhoven has won several awards, including the Rotterdam EDBR Portfolio Prize. Through her unique installations she's worked with Droog Design, the city of Rotterdam, Hella Jongerius, Marlies Dekkers, the Dutch embassies in Rome and Dakar, the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, and several high profile luxury companies.

via Design Indaba

All photos courtesy of Design Indaba and the artist.