11 Sep

Open Data Cooking Workshop

Have you ever tried to imagine how a fish soup tastes whose recipe is based on publicly available local fishing data? Or what a pizza would be like if it was based on Helsinki’s population mix? Do you want to know how data could relate to cooking? Can you imagine to push the paradigms of data representation to the extreme by applying the principles of your local cuisine?

The Open Data Cooking Workshop is an experimental research on the representation of data with culinary means. The workshop researches ways to represent local data through the inherent qualities of food such as color, form, texture, smell, taste, nutrition, origin etc. It offers to its participants the opportunity to translate data in concrete, sensually experienceable matter, from the language of numbers into the language of food, and thus to gain unexpected insights into both media and learn about their inner constructions and relations. The workshop is a collaborative research experience, blurring the boundaries between teachers and participants, data and food. At its end, an open data menu is created and publicly tasted.

The first Data Cuisine Workshop “Open Data Cooking” in Helsinki, Sep. 15–16, 2012 is produced by Pixelache and organised by prozessagenten in collaboration with Moritz Stefaner, Miska Knapek and Antti Nurkka. The workshop is kindly supported by Goethe Institute.

And here are the data dishes that were produced!