The key element here is a cooked carrot stacked into a wholegrain bread roll, this combination being served with a collaboratively created sauce - the so called OpenSauce. The sauce is always technologically mediated, taking an advantage of open source code and/or collective power of online crowd. All the ingredients of HotKarot & OpenSauce snack are approached as raw data, the recipe making and cooking then resemble a process of data interpretation or even data mining. The ingredients are derived from online data streams flowing through various social media platforms, such as Twitter or Facebook, as well as from the biodata circulating in the body of carrot itself. The users/eaters always intervene in the process: sometimes consciously contributing to the recipe creation, sometimes involuntarily, without even knowing that they are involved.
HotKarot & OpenSauce project thus aims to expand the discursive limits that are inscribed in the phenomenon of food consumption, while trying to define the possible position of gastronomy within current technoculture. The idea is to merge the social habits related to the area of eating, cooking, dieting or digesting with those linked to the field of online networking. "We are, what we eat" seems to be a timeless true; "we are, what we share online" seems to be one of the most blatant trues of current times. Connecting food and technology is therefore logical and, in a sense, natural act that allows us to share our personalities directly from our bowels, the ultimate prototype of shared "social stomach" representing the most profound kind of communication.
To achieve this, we first need to downplay the pre-existing borders and fill the liminal fields located "in between" with new, fresh content. HotKarot & OpenSauce is one of the first steps in this journey, and it's the one that takes the very act of play rather seriously...it's a child of burgeoning "post-everything" culture of hybrids and mashups, a cute mutant transgressing the entrenched boundaries, it's a fast food, a DIY experiment, a geeky cheeky hack, a local grassroots initiative, a vegetable conspiracy...and quite surprisingly, it's edible.
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