S.E.R.V.I.C.E. Autokitchen

Pepper drill


Installation, 2007


"The kitchen is not just part of every home - it is a place of communication and cultural exchange. Recipes are being discussed, new dishes invented. Party-people usually find their way to the kitchen, it's the best place to hang out. Not to forget it's where you fulfill one of your fundamental human needs: getting food.

We created a REAL and actually WORKING kitchen you could control over the internet and watch on several webcams. People around the globe were participating in a cooking session, dealing with an indirect way of team work, facing an application that seemed to have its own personality.

The thrill was rather to examine ways of communication through detouring media than to build a perfectly working robot that cooks dinner for you ."

— From the S.E.R.V.I.C.E. Autokitchen website

Online participants could prepare a meal for the staff inside the AutoKitchen, controlling the S.E.R.V.I.C.E. web interface. A Doepfer Midi->CV circuit was used to activate the following devices: food shredder, oil and water pump, adjustable 10 step hot plate, stirring device, conveyor belt, electric spoon, room lighting control. Furthermore, people could add salt by calling a cellphone connected to a slide. The vibration alarm of the phone would make the salt move down the slide and sprinkle it on the dish.

S.E.R.V.I.C.E. (Super Entertaining Remotely Viewable Internet Cooking Ensemble) was a project by: Nic Baginsky, Joerg Hildenbrandt, Stefan Bragado-Spatz, Timo Sauer, Leo Merz, and myself.

Visit S.E.R.V.I.C.E. Autokitchen website

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