Can we consider food as a form of art? People describe art as the application or expression of human creativity or imagination, especially in visual form. Examples include sculpture, painting, music, literature, and dancing among others. Thus, food design is one of the most underestimated contemporary art forms in the world. Evidently, it is a natural phenomenon because they are essentially formed into their respective shapes. For example, once a cabbage is grown, it naturally takes the circular shape. Nevertheless, dining mechanisms are mainly influenced by humans.
This project is meant to assist people to comprehend the importance of dining design and food as an art. It strives to move from the conventional mechanisms of dining that are rather boring. Hence, it is meant to solve the problematic issues regarding dining. Furthermore, it is to entice people into adopting various techniques to make eating more lively and to enjoy their meals. The project succeeds in attaining this goal as the involved members found the meals appetizing and attractive and considered the overall project successful. For instance, as Marije Vogelzang explains, many people were impressed by the Christmas dinner designs at Droog. One of the most exciting aspects is the way the participants are moved into socializing and sharing meals without being told. In this project, she created a sense of equality and socialization as people began sharing, further illustrating the vitality of dining. This paper will dwell on Marije Vogelzang’s project on sharing dinner and its importance, especially in championing socialization.
Realizing this project requires substantial knowledge of various cultures. Though food is a necessity, its mode of preparation and mechanisms of eating differ across different cultures. For instance, the staple food in Netherlands is not the same as in China. Additionally, the cooking methods are not similar. Therefore, to succeed in this project, one has to embrace diversity and understand the different cultures. This is particularly crucial to attaining a global cuisine presence. Before starting the project in the Netherlands, Marije was hesitant about Christmas traditions. The events held during this festive period have become monotonous. Moreover, the real meaning of Christmas has diminished. Therefore, the project faced significant challenges with attracting participants.
The design utilized community engagement as a part of social change movement to enhance service delivery. This type of community involvement strives to alter the normal means of operations within the society to adopt novel forms. Thus, “sharing dinner” intended to elucidate the importance of having meals together. Apart from the Christian perception of Christmas, the project meant to encourage people to give food, clothing, and other essentials. The skills presented in this project are unique. However, they are derived from the religious notions of sharing. When the designer realized the act of giving had diminished, especially during the Christmas period, she created a mechanism that would arouse that aspect. Once the participants sat with their heads inside and bodies outside the space, they were all equal. They would also willingly share food without being told.
Though the project was an independent one, assistance was offered by Droog Design. This company also served as the major contributor regarding funding the project. Furthermore, since the designer was asked to make a Christmas dinner for the firm, they catered for the necessities including attracting the consumer or rather the participants. Therefore, even though an independent designer instigated the concept, the aim was achieved through the partnership.
In the modern world, innovation is achieved easily by understanding the environment. In other words, novelty can be noticeable if the artist discerns simple aspects of nature . In this case, Marije generated an idea i.e. sharing dinner and strived to achieve the same utilizing the available techniques. She understood the importance of Christmas and tried to renew that feeling. In the end, she championed equality and encouraged sharing. The main aims of socially-engaged projects are to seek a relation with the audience, inspire a social strategy, and engage culture. This project perfectly fits this category as it elucidates the above aspects. It also illuminates the re-framing concept regarding dining. The conventional way of eating has become too common that people rarely socialize during the activity. By re-framing this department, the project accurately contributes to culture of eating in a proactive way.
The project is inspiring, especially regarding equality and sharing within the society. Once the participants are behind the table cloth, they are all equal. Their mode of dressing is hidden as they can only see one another’s faces. As the project designer states, “food is the most important commodity in the world.” Due to appropriate dining methods, people can show their caring attitudes by sharing and considering one another as equals. The project has inspired my socialization aspects as I have understood the importance of sharing, whether in dinner or other events.
Food is a work of art owing to the craftsmanship involved. The “sharing dinner” project illustrates the way food can be used to champion cohesiveness in the society. Due to the project, people could socialize without barriers that propel inequality. Furthermore, it engages the hospitality discipline encouraging friendliness. It can be utilized in the tourism sector and hotel management among other disciplines that promote etiquette as a fundamental requirement. In social practice, sharing and hospitality are key factors of effective interactions. This project also inspires equality which is fundamental in the field of social practice.