Workshop at VCU Qatar.
Blind date is a project I did with the masters program of VCU in Qatar. A 3 day project trying to make an eating design project about the Islamic culture combining patterns, textures, colors and taste with the double meaning of the words BLIND DATE.
Dating is prohibited in this country. Many times marriages are arranged. For this reason, and because of the veiled women, you could speak of a marriage like a blind date. You don’t really know who you will be connected to.
In the first layer, the blind date project is a date tasting. The dates are arranged on a specially designed tablecloth in a typical Arabic pattern. We selected dates from different countries with various colors, shapes and textures. The participants are blindfolded. The use of a blindfold tickles the senses but is also a reference to the arabic dress, the abaya, where only the eyes are shown.
The blindfold visually fills the negative space of the abaya. They complement each other to make a whole.
We tenderly fed the blindfolded participants with the various dates and asked them to describe the taste experience. The dates were described with words such as sweet, soft, not too sticky etc. After tasting all the dates they could select their ‘perfect date’.
Now we would tell them from which country their perfect date came from and give them the seeds in a small envelope for them to sow and grow their perfect date themselves.
Eventually we asked the participants to write down the characteristics of their ‘perfect date’ on a post-it and stick it to our collection on the wall.
The featured dates were dates from Saudi arabia, Qatar, Tunesia and U.S (California)
‘The fattest dates are from the states’
Thank you Renira, Geyza, Amin, Alia, Samia, Kathleen and Robin.
This project was so much fun!
pictures by Sarah Lauck