Don’t Play With Your Food


From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery of entries

Resene Total Colour Awards 2016
Don’t Play With Your Food - Auckland

The event ‘Don’t Play with your Food!’ was part of the 2016 Sydney Design Festival.

The three course performative dinner aimed to take guests on a multi-sensory journey, using a unique collaborative practice that merged gastronomy, performance and spatial design practices.

Focusing on the tension between the senses a space was set up where food wasn’t just an addition to the experience but is in fact the experience itself. Through interactive elements, the space was activated through the body’s senses, manipulating and encouraging the body to act and react to certain stimulants. With edible architecture and gastronomic delights this was a dining experience like no other.

The team and advisors from The Sydney Design Festival used these images to promote the event through the program, website and ticketing. The images aimed to excite guests about what to expect at the event, without giving too much away. The photographs were curated to allude to aspects of tension between the senses but still leave guests a little baffled as to what they would be confronted with on the night. The tension is evidently displayed through the juxtaposition of the food with the Resene colours – Resene Dali, Resene Shocking and Resene Teddy.

Generally blue and orange always contrast well with one another but Resene Dali took this concept to another level, allowing for the orange ColdFusion food to really ‘jump out’ at the viewer. Initially favoring the warm feel of Resene Shocking and Resene Teddy, Resene Dali served as the focal colour of the hero image for the event.

Resene Shocking served as the ultimate foreground for snapper, frozen peas and popcorn. The conflicting visuals created a sense of confusion as to what guests should expect. Resene Teddy allowed for every object/food item in the ‘scene’ to contrast with the foreground. The warmness of the yellow created a striking image but also alluded to a sense of delight, which was not as evidently displayed in the other images.

Don’t Play with your Food! -  fish
Don’t Play with your Food!  - mincer
Don’t Play with your Food! - crab

Creative: Harriet Beex and Matthew Torr
Photographer: Andrew Lowe
Photography supervisor: Cornelius Generates

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