FOOD DATA

a generative design system for ceramic plates, based on a crumb analysis

INTRODUCTION

Food Data is a project on the topic of data tracking in everyday life. Crumb-compositions that emerge on plates while eating every day, are analyzed by a self-written computer application. The results are used for the creation of generative graphics, which are eventually applied to ceramic plates.

DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE

Digital data analysis is brought to the domestic sector in an artistic way, due to the demands of a surveilled world and the longing for a thoroughly controlled life. The crumbling remains of the personal daily food intake are photographed and fed into the software for a detailed analysis.

CRUMB–ANALYSIS

The photographed plate is analyzed by a contour-finding algorithm, which detects the outline and position of each crumb. (Using openFrameworks and ofxCv)

GENERATION OF GRAPHICS

The obtained information is used to generate different kinds of line graphics, each of them following different algorithmic rules. Each graphic and resulting plate is unique, due to the changing random patterns of crumbs after each meal.

PRODUCTION OF CERAMIC PLATES

The graphics are engraved into raw ceramic plates with a laser cutter. Afterwards, the engraved plates are glazed and fired in a ceramics kiln. The final plates are designed to aesthetically enrich daily life, either as a displayed piece of art or as crockery for eating.

THE FINAL PLATE

Back on the dining table, the final plates encourage to contemplate on everyday life and find beauty in daily routines, but at the same time remind of technological advancement and practices of (self-)surveillance, that don‘t even stop at the private ritual of eating.

Submit your Crumb-Data and get your own, personalized ceramic plate!

CONTACT

For inquieries, please send a message to: info@food-data.de

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A project by Tobias Zimmer.
www.tobiaszimmer.net