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Zuckerberg Pops

29 Jan
January 29, 2015

Klaas Glenewinkel and Jess Smee

The image above shows a visualisation of the percentage of internet users that use Facebook. The amount of Facebook users is visualised by the amount of blue sprinkles.
In Tunisia, the number of Facebook users is very high, whereas in Egypt it is much lower. These numbers makes us wonder whether there is a connection between the use of Facebook and the results of the Arab Spring. In Tunisia, the Arab Spring had a sustainable impact on the democratisation of society, very much in contrast to the situation in Egypt, which fell back under totalitarian leadership.

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P2P (Potato to Public)

29 Jan
January 29, 2015

Anja Wollenberg, Maral Jekta

This dish contrasts the numbers of employees in state media in Tunisia, Iraq, Egypt and Iran in two variations of potato.

In Egypt, there are 57.000 people employed in state media, which is quite a big number – whereas in Tunisia it’s only a thousand. This dominance of state media of course influences the public sphere and seems to go hand in hand with the authoritarian rule in Iran and Egypt. Interestingly enough, in Iraq the number of employees is comparably low, and that speaks for a more liberal society than we might think or than we are told.

In order to express this feeling of dominance of state media, Anja and Maral came up with the idea to represent it by a piece of potato, that per se is dense and a bit one-dimensional when it comes to taste. In contrast, the potato espuma — representing a higher grade of liberality and variety of media — feels light on the tongue and is definitely more colourful.

Halal Internet

29 Jan
January 29, 2015

Majid Albunni, Christine Liehr and Marketa Hulpachova

The internet penetration rate in Iran is 67%, or 46 million users in a population of 77 million. 51 % of the world’s top 500 websites are blocked in Iran. BUT, 70% of young internet-users in Iran use Proxy Servers to bypass government filters.

Halal Internet visualizes these facts in a delicious Safran risotto with barberry chutney and tumeric chicken. The yellow rice — all accessible web pages — are neatly aligned to the left of the red line of barber chutney, representing the internet filters. But, as proxies are used to circumvent the barriers, quite a few yellow rice grains can be found on the other side.

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Dip ’n’ Plug

29 Jan
January 29, 2015

Majid Albunni, Christine Liehr and Marketa Hulpachova

In Mali, there are on average 1.3 mobile phones contracts per person — but only 14% actually have access to electricity!
SO, for this dish, we made 260 meat skewers for 200 guests — that is an average of 1.3 skewer per person which equals the number of mobile phone contracts per person in Mali. In order to plug in your “cell phone”, you had to go on a hunt for the delicious dip. We placed the dips only at a few spots, so you can feel like a true Malian who is looking for an electricity plug in a rural area. Actually, as in other African countries people use charging stations which are small kiosks or shops where one can buy prepaid telephone cards as well as leave the phone for a day to be charged.

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Tweeting Tabouleh

29 Jan
January 29, 2015

Anja Wollenberg, Maral Jekta

Tweeting Tabouleh

Ejje with IS crèmes

29 Jan
January 29, 2015

Majid Albunni, Christine Liehr and Marketa Hulpachova

An omelet spiced with cumin and pepper, which is popular in Syria.

It comes with three different crèmes: one based on mayonnaise, one being a yoghurt-crème with mint, and a mango-curry-crème based on white cheese. With these three crèmes, the workshop participants Majjid, Christine and Marketa tried to bring to our attention the somewhat surprising fact that support for Islamic State among Arabic-speaking social media users in Belgium are greater than in the militant group’s heartlands of Syria for example.

In Syria, ISIS appears to be dramatically losing the battle for support with more than 92% of tweets, blogs and forum comments hostile to the militants. But the jihadist militants are successful at spreading their message and their efforts appear to be having an effect: outside Syria, support for Isis rises significantly. One can taste the grade of the ISIS support in the crèmes.

According to the numbers, red pepper was added.

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Slow Cuban Hummus

29 Jan
January 29, 2015

Klaas Glenewinkel, Jess Smee and Alexander Macbeth