Edible reflections is an interactive audio experience commissioned by Riksutställningar / Swedish Exhibition Agency and performed at Statarmuseet in Skane in Sweden.
The experience was created as part of an initiative to get immigrants and locals connected.
Christmas is the time for reflection and a warm embrace for compassion and forgiveness.
The time in which we search for a bright light in the darkness where hope sometimes feels far away.
We invite friends to celebrate but we also accept strangers since we feel we are united trough the cold reality of winter and the insight that all of us are just vulnerable soft beings underneath our shells.
Charities thrive in wintertime. We feel a mix of compassion and guilt.
We try and we try very hard to be good people.
Still, in the reality of live, in days that it’s not christmas, in times, we find it hard to feel compassion. We are afraid. We don’t understand the other. We feel uncertain and intimidated.
How can we feel secure and truly see the other? How can we open up and accept a situation, an other human being, a feeling of distrust?
In our life we project everything to things outside of ourselves and to others but perhaps it’s good to take a look at ourselves first. You need to realise that nobody can actually see you. What a person sees when they see you is what they project onto you. You are doing this to others as well. What you see is different from what another person sees. The way to accept another person is by accepting ourselves. We are in need of self reflection.
I think it is important to understand that it is not only about the locals accepting the immigrants. It is about both parties accepting the other human being and the other situation. I propose to have allguests be part of the experience as one and let them play a part that is guided by an audio story.
The guests will be seated at the tables. The guests will hear a different story. They will see themselves in the mirror and the voice will guide them trough a story, a kind of meditation, about selfreflection, compassion and the inner child Studio Marije
On the table you can find simple food items like a tangerine, bread or dough
The voice will tell the guests what to do with the food. The guests will be able to see the hands of the person in front of them dealing with the food.
The mouth cut in the mirror in front of every guest will be disturbing the reflection of the own face. Your mouth becomes the other person’s mouth and you will be asked to feed the other person /yourself.
At the end of the experience the participants create a dough together and use if for bread on a stick to bak on the fire outside.