In Roman times, the art of dining incorporated all the known senses to create a total gastronomic experience. In accordance with the ancient experience of dining, the futurist movement at the beginning of the 20th century experimented with sensational gastronomy. Almost 100 years later, Mediamatic takes on their concept and organizes the Neo-Futurist Dinners. These eating experiences aim to re-think the way in which the world of food, art, and science come together, resulting in a multi-sensory dinner scene.
Five senses, five courses
Following the logic of sense, this dining experience challenges the way food influences our emotions, sensations, thoughts, and associations. For the Chromatic Dinner, Martin Butler researched stems from studies in Synesthesia, a perceptual condition in which the stimulation of one sense triggers an automatic, involuntary experience in another sense. As such, the dinner experience questions if colour can create emotion, and if that emotion and colour can be enhanced by combining it with other senses.
Every course is inspired by a different color, corresponding to one of the Chinese elements: Tree, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Quoting synesthesia, a perceptual condition in which the stimulation of one sense triggers an automatic, involuntary experience in another sense, this evening holds many sensational surprises.
How will you be affected by sour green sounds, followed by hot red tastes and earthy sweet sensations? Do you think metal tastes white and salt relates to a black watery winter?
Through an interdisciplinary approach, artist and stage director Martin Butler always hopes to bridge and combine various disciplines such as dance, theatre, music, film, performance, new media, and fashion. He was trained in drama at Manchester University, and then later choreography and performance at the SNDO in Amsterdam. Since 1998, he has been creating performance work at various theatres and festivals internationally.
Vegan chef, Alexander Gershberg, was born in Russia, raised in Israel and is currently based in Amsterdam. He founded Vegan Sundays, with which he organizes pop-up events and cooking workshops. As a chef, he has always been interested in more than just taste, concerning himself with the way in which food also influences life in a broader sense.
The Chromatic Lunch
Due to succes, we held an extra opportunity to enjoy the The Chromatic Dinner, namely the Chromatic Lunch on Sunday 17 September. The same food and concept, but during lunch time.
All Neo-Futurist Dinners are vegan. If you have questions or want to inform us about allergies, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neo-Futurist Dinner: The Chromatic Dinner
Dinner starts at 19:30
Five-course lunch starts at 13:00
Mediamatic, Dijksgracht 6, 1019 BS Amsterdam