Sophia Bulgakova, Leo Scarin & Cemre Deniz Kara

Metaphysical Tastings
Sophia Bulgakova, Leo Scarin & Cemre Deniz Kara.
Hybrid Symposium Royal
DATE : 2 Nov
TIME : 17.00 to 19.00 online cooking show// 19.30 to 22.00 dinner
LOCATION : online + Tankstation cultureel vulpunt
Metaphysical Tastings is a multidisciplinary experience that combines dining rituals and virtual reality.
The project explores the sensorial correlations that originate in the combination of participatory, immersive media and food design and the experiential implications of social gatherings in virtual and physical realities. In Metaphysical Tastings, guests in multiple physical locations are guided through a united tasting experience while entering a series of digital environments designed in correlation with the food served, its colour, texture, sound, and other properties to create a synesthetic journey. For the presentation during the Overkill festival, the experience and composition are recreated site-specifically for the occasion.
The first iteration of the Metaphysical Tastings project was initiated with the support of XRT – Immersive tech for Arts and Culture initiative by Lucas Dewulf in Ghent, Belgium.
Sophia Bulgakova is an ArtScientist interdisciplinary artist and activist currently based in The Hague, the Netherlands. Sophia is working on the intersection between art, technology, and society, focusing on the relationship between light, perception, and imagination. Through various sensory inputs in her installations and performances, she engages viewers, impacting their ways of perceiving reality and exploring new possibilities beyond it.
Cemre Kara is a Turkish artist, who graduated from the Artscience Interfaculty at The Royal Academy of Arts, in The Hague, The Netherlands. She works with a range of mediums, from projection mapping to performances, and audio-visual experiences. Through her performances and installations, she aims to explore social and political contexts. Her current research topic is on food in a cultural context making ceramic dishware and creating performative dining situations.
Leo Scarin is an Italian interactive media artist and designer based in The Hague, NL.
He explores the relational dynamics of digital technologies and the human body, by researching the mechanics and aesthetics of the body in the digital space, rising along with the development of new immersive media.

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