Table Manners

with Lisa Hofer 2013

What if technologies like smart glasses enter very different areas of life, not only trying to ease up everyday tasks, but influencing cultural relations?

More and more smart objects are drifting into our everyday. They promise to support us to master our life and being more efficiently, but increasingly start to gain political power within our sociocultural spheres. Slowly alienating us from our human agency.
Imagine your behaviour at the table is observed and evaluated through a technological item like google glasses. Constantly interpreting your movements, feeding it into a database, nudging you to adapt to its inbuilt standards.
What if your social status isn’t dependent anymore on your job, your level of education or your financial background, but on the quality of your table manners? If algorithms would start evaluating and judging your cultural habits, who would be in charge of setting the requirements for public behaviour?

Could there be a reinvention of traditional conventions if they are brought into a contemporary context? Would the implementation of a product like this lead to a shift of social values, maybe even to another structure of human interaction?

  • gallery-image
  • gallery-image
  • gallery-image
  • gallery-image
  • gallery-image
  • gallery-image
  • gallery-image
  • gallery-image
  • gallery-image

Everyday evidences telling about your social status based on your behaviour at the table

Table Manners_Alexandra Fruhstorfer_3Table Manners_Alexandra Fruhstorfer_3