Expanded Intimacy

Expanded Intimacy is an ongoing series of glassware developed to explore touch, taste and smell, and the relationship between hand, mouth, tongue and nose.

Expanded Intimacy has been developed by myself in collaboration with artist Nuala Clooney to explore the interplay between object and body particularly in relation to the sensualisation of food and drink experiences. Working with Steve Williams – the University of Birmingham’s award winning glassblower in the Department of Chemistry – we have created some unique glasses to be used in dining experiences and performance which transgress conventional modes of eating; using food, performance, texture, weight to explore eating as a sensual act.

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Above L-R: The series currently comprises Tongues (1-holed, 2-holed and 3-way), Fingers and Lips

In June 2018 the glasses were used by renowned French chef Alexandre Gauthier from two Michelin-starred restaurant La Grenouillere as part of one of Steinbeisser’s Experimental Gastronomy dinners,  a unique immersive experience offering an exciting and radically different way to enjoy food. Expanded Intimacy will still be available to buy at Steinbeisser’s only store –  Jouw Store

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Above:Diners at Steinbeisser’s Experimental Gastronomy Dinner (June 2018)

Expanded Intimacy was also presented at V&A’s Digital Futures 2018 – an open platform for displaying and discussing work by professionals working with art, technology, design, science and beyond.  This special event explored future and alternative food systems and presented how design and technology is shaping the evolution and culture of our food. We witnessed some great interactions with our objects.

Above: Participants interacting with ‘Two-holed Tongues’

In March 2017 Expanded Intimacy was used as part of a unique culinary cocktail experience as part of the University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival. During this unforgettable evening, the audience experienced three specially prepared cocktails by mixologist Robert Wood (Smultronstalle / In Rob We Trust Ltd). Each culinary concoction was developed to explore the sensual nature of the glassware and its relationship between hand, mouth, tongue and nose.

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Above:Fingers, photo Greg Milner

Expanded Intimacy provided an opportunity to gain insight from the artists and to find out more about their working practice and the research that has shaped this event.

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Above images by Greg Milner; Studio shots by Rod Gonzalez

 

Residency – February and March 2017; University of Birmingham

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Research image by Kaye Winwood

Expanded Intimacy is a body of new research between myself and artist Nuala Clooney to explore the interplay between object and body particularly in relation to the sensualisation of food and drink experiences. It was originally commissioned by University of Birmingham where I am an Honorary Research Associate.

Working with Steve Williams, the University of Birmingham’s award winning glassblower in the Department of Chemistry we created some unique pieces of prototype glassware to be used in dining experiences and performance which transgress conventional modes of eating; using food, performance, texture, weight to explore eating as a sensual act.