It’s chocolate like you’ve never experienced before.
This Wednesday, at the DesignPhiladelphia kickoff party, you’ll be able to taste chocolate without actually eating it. With a 3D-printed headset that delivers the scent of chocolate to your nose and a piece of food that has a similar texture to chocolate, the artists behind GhostFood hope to recreate the experience of eating the sweet that experts say will become rare and expensive in 20 years.
The idea behind the exhibit, which will also offer flavors like cod and peanut butter, is to make people think about climate change and how it could cause certain foods to disappear. GhostFood is by artists Miriam Simun and Miriam Songster.
GhostFood is the first project from STEAMworkPHILLY, the new consultancy from former Breadboard director Dan Schimmel. Schimmel caught wind of GhostFood, which was set to debut in New York City Friday (“We’re scooping them,” he said), and decided to bring the exhibit to Philly. He also helped connect the artists behind GhostFood with NextFab Studio, where the 3D-printed headsets that participants will use were prototyped and printed.
Schimmel, 48, left Breadboard, the University City Science Center arts and technology organization that is also part of the Department of Making + Doing, after spending the last 12 years of his career at the Science Center where he helped orchestrate the first augmented reality exhibit in Philly and developed STEM programs like Operation Eve. STEAMworkPHILLY will work with school districts and businesses to develop STEM-based projects and team-building workshops, Schimmel said.