Melody of Dining


“Let’s eat loudly.”

Title: Melody of Dining
Technique: Interactive Installation Art
Medium: Dining table, dining utensils, and electronic components
Year: 2015

Description: Melody of Dining is a set of dinnerware on a dinner table. People are allowed to sit on the chairs and eat the food, like the usual dining. However, when the dinnerware touches each other, or the food, it can produce a drum sound.

It is inspired by the table manners, which most of the cultures have in commons – to eat quietly. Most people know that playing on the table is prohibited; however, having fun activities on the table can increase quality time to bring friends and family closer together.

Process: The dinnerware is set into two groups: utensils are the sound transmitters, while the containers, such as bowls and plates, are the receivers.

The artwork is designed to be easy for transporting, and every part is removable. The top of the table is a long plastic board that has already wired up inside, but leave the tiny connectors out on the top surface to plug in the copper plates. The copper plates are put outside of the tablecloth, and will be placed under the containers, which make them function as electric receivers. About utensil, each of them is wired with the tiny connectors onto the plastic board directly.

When the transmitters and receivers contact each others the drum tune will be played. There are 4 transmitter channels and 9 receiver channels that can produce a total of 36 drum tunes. In addition, the circuit board also added extra NPN transistors to amplify the electric voltage, so people can hit the food, or hold one transmitter on one hand and while the other hand touches the receivers to create the sound too.



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