How might we highlight the disconnection between meat and meat-eaters on a dining table?
Many people love eating meat not only because it’s tasty, but also because it is just so easy to get.
However what I found problematic is that through our language and mentality around eating meat, we separate the product and flavor from the sentient animal source.
Tempera is a product line of spice, herbs, and flavorings in the form of edible “makeup” for meat eaters. The goal of this product is raising people's attention to what they eat and show respect to those who were sacrificed so that they could live.
This project started from designing a speculative object based on our thesis topics. My thesis was discussing the relationship between humans and animals. Part of it is about the relationship between animal meat and meat eaters.
The argument between whether humans should eat meat or not is always a hot social and ethical topic. From my perspective, I don't think eating meat is always wrong. People have their rights to choose what they eat. Also, the massive meat industry somehow forces us to take it as a seemingly most affordable source of protein.
HOWEVER, what I found problematic is that most meat eaters do not always pay attention to what they eat. In other words, people do not show respect to those who were sacrificed to support human's life.
Thus, I want to question how we might reinforce the relationship between animals and humans on a dining table while still letting people follow natural omnivore diets, which means people could still eat what they want to eat, but in a respectful manner.
So the keywords here are "THOUGHTFUL" and "RESPECTFUL".
The meat on the plate was once a living, beautiful being. Or we can call it "corpse".
In the human world, the deceased (corpse) are dressed up and made to look alive before cremation to show love and respect.
What if we apply the same ritual to our food?