DO NOT DISTURB
The aim of the work is to elaborate the way we deal with eating and the people who eat with us. The focus is the connection between eating and social life, in particular with communication and intimacy. Eating is one of the forms of communication that cannot be transferred into the digital world - perhaps the only one. We have to be present while we are eating and eating together, thus, eating remains as a source of sensual intimacy also in an increasingly digital world. The intake of food is substantial to our survival and is, therefore, one of our basic instincts. Apart from that, it also has a crucial meaning for human sociality, the meal is an artifact that distinguishes us from animals and in order to fulfil its social function, it has to be shared.
According to Berger and Luckmann, this vis-a-vis situation is a prototype of societal interaction; a meal for two - the setting that underlies this work- intensifies the element of communication. A meal gives a frame for communication but the act itself is also a form of non- verbal communication. Eating means pleasure. It is one of the few situations in everyday life where all senses are activated. Looking at food as a material, there is no other that comes closer to our body. It becomes connected with us, transformed inside of us, and excreted. All parts of our body, all organs that get in touch with food are also sexual organs. The first intake of food - being nursed by the mother - is also related to sexuality. The same regions of our brain that process food are also responsible for processing sex, because they are both fundamental desires with a high emotional value. Furthermore, both eating and sex are events that address our fundamental instincts. However, socialization and conventions create taboos around these topics. »do not disturb« is a concept that breaches barriers subtly. A cutlery that during the eating process becomes a sensual tool for two.