OpenSauce Zen

OpenSauce was originally conceived as an open recipe book created by means of users contribution: their own sauce ideas, as well as iterations of already existing recipes. Right from the beginning we were receiving the wildest combinations you can imagine (which wasn’t such a big surprise, as our call to submit sauces that would match the „half digital, half tangible carrot hotdog“ literally asked for that): beer-pumpkin-banana-chilli, plum-cabbage-beans-mustard, parsley-coconut milk-yoghurt-pear…and so we started an era of boundless OpenSauce mixology. After some time of messing around with blenders and growing piles of sticky dishes, we’ve realized that we’re slowly transforming into a bunch of weirdos in stained t-shirts, with a fairly appreciable stock of food remnants under the nails. At that point, we recalled the fact the we are actually new media students, digital guys that are supposed to look fancy when sitting in a local hipster coffee with their polished macbooks on a table. Well, although that scenario honestly never became true, we simply decided to clean ourselves a little bit and started experimenting with data mixology instead. What kind of data would be usable for a sauce recipe? Definitely not just the textual inputs that we usually see in „normal“ recipe books. That’s how we started with our multi-sensory cuisine, based on colours, sounds and biodata recipes.

Our first step in this shift was OpenSauce Zen. We have simply inscribed each of the ingredients listed in OpenSauce recipe book with unique colour value (generated by means of relevant Google picture and dropper tool), thereby turning each sauce into a colourful mandala-like structure. Since that, each new recipe could have been created only by means of colour preferences: no „spinach“, „radish“ or „lemon“ – just green, pink and yellow dots that can be drag and dropped into your virtual kitchenette. If the shade of green you have selected doesn’t match spinach, but rucola or cilantro instead, we are sorry. Well, actually we are not -just forget the taste for a second, don’t follow you stereotypical notions of a „tasty“ meal and create a colourful combination that fits your current mood. What if your body finds this techno-emotional diet better than your brain would suggest? Wo knows, maybe you’ll reach your personal state of gastronomical zen…