by Alicia Rühr
To exhange bacteria is perceived as sickening and unhygienic.
On the other hand, a diverse microbiota is essential for our health. By sharing dinner and dishes we build an emotional and physical connection to our fellow humans. This basis of trust helps us to overcome the irrational repulsion to exchange bacteria.
I like to redefine the meaning and use of “materials” and include the organisms as an actor in the interaction with the human user.
The objects emphasise the contact with bacteria. As the “plate” comes without an edge it opens up to sharing with different people. To find physical connection to food the “nippers” imitate the way of eating with your hands. The “cone” allows to drink together from the same bottle. By keeping your own point of contact this exchange is based on comfort and safety.