Life is Space: Taste Experiment

An exploration of the five tastes; salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami with the Institut für Raumexperimente, Life is Space. Developed with architect Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga and students from the Institute, the experiment challenged what we know about taste. Representations of the five tastes were isolated into an ambiguous agar agar substance and placed on a sample card. Participants were asked to sample each in order and describe the tastes- where they felt it in their mouth, what colors and sounds and shapes they evoked, and how the related to the environment surrounding them. In order to take the experiment into the public space, mobile one and two person tables were constructed so the experiment could be performed on the streets of Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood and also mingling at the Life is Space event at Studio Olafur Eliasson.

Berlin, 2011