HotKarot & OpenSauce: Edible Storytelling & Design Speculations

Marketa Dolejsova, Tereza Lišková, Martin Obert

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This project explores the possibilities of speculative food design to encourage social inclusion and interaction among citizens of different socioeconomic backgrounds. The project employs the associative power of taste embodied in edible storytelling prototypes that consist of a carrot hotdog served with 'narrative' sauces created in the online OpenSauce cookbook. The cookbook enables users to input text narratives and, using the network text analysis technique, convert them into personalized sauce recipes served in a mobile street food bistro. In collaboration with the Homelike NGO providing social support to homeless women, we designed "StreetSauces" made of the life stories of Homelike clients. We report on design probes conducted at the StreetSauce bistro, aiming to identify challenges and opportunities of edible speculations used in the research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3rd Biennial Research Through Design Conference (RTD’17)
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventResearch through Design - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Mar 201724 Mar 2017
Conference number: 3


ConferenceResearch through Design
Abbreviated titleRTD
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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