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.

It 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.

In 2018 we extended the series of glassware, which was 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. (Pictures from this event will be available soon…)

Expanded Intimacy is available to buy, and will soon be stocker by Jouw Store

 

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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.

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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Event 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.