Henrieke Neumeyer
product design

compagno

How can object-related boundaries in the process of eating first be made visible, gradually overcome and finally strengthen the social structure of eating through interaction? 

»Compagno« - Latin: com »with« and panis »bread«, describes the person with whom we share our bread.

It begins with panels of fabric which can be unfolded to various lengths thus defining a distance between the individuals involved. Two people at a time are connected to each other and set the fabric in motion. Light bowls glide from one to the other, transporting aromas and tastes, becoming the object of interaction. The scene can be extended to an unlimited number of people and spread in public space. An intervention that reinterprets routines of movement, sets off an unorthodox coexistence, and breaks up cultural conventions in order to create new playful sequences during a joined meal. 

»A contemporary strategy for food change scenarios could be to try out the future of the table community - as an alternative to warlike means - not only with good food, but consciously with playful means.« Harald Lemke ¹

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by Henrieke Neumeyer, Marleen Bauer and Vaia Tatopoulou

pictures by Barnabas Boeroecz

2020