Suzana Orsolic

Sensorial Brainstorming

From tricking our senses to the magic of Hildegard von Bingen

As the world slowly but steadily seems to be opening up again, we have been busy preparing one of this year's Neo Futurist Dinner concepts. Artist Martin Butler gathered a team of six people from three countries and different disciplines who joined us at the Biotoop for one week of brainstorming and exploring with our senses.

Four days, seven people arriving from three different countries, no detailed schedule or agenda – and the goal to have a dinner concept ready by the end of the week. The project manager slash control freak in me was writhing in pain while trying to keep an overview of all the Covid test appointments that were required in order to make this experiment even happen.

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Neo Futurist Dinner Test Week 2021 Team -


The protagonists of our test/research/concept week: performance artist Martin Butler, multidisciplinary artist and cook Alice Héron, food designer Pauline Jacob, designer Magdalena Akantisz, jewelry designer Farah Qureshi as well as community-focused artists Aysha Iqbal Khan and Nadine Fletcher plus myself, the Neo Futurist Dinner intern here at Mediamatic.

Luckily, everyone arrived safe and sound for an intense and intimate week that was not only full of sensory surprises, but also let us travel 1,000 years back in time to explore the secrets of the great Hildegard von Bingen, a German Benedictine abbess, composer, visionary, mystic, and much more.

Read more about our first day here.