Developed by food designer Emilie Baltz, in collaboration with smart object designer Carla Diana and musician Arone Dyer of Buke&Gase, Lickestra is a “musical licking performance” performed with conductive ice cream cones that trigger different tones and baselines when licked.
The performance involves conductive ice cream cones, four volunteers, and a pre-recorded set of sounds created by Arone Dyer.
A post on Edible Geography described how a typical performance is done. In a performance, the volunteers are asked to get under boxes with openings for the shoulders and heads and a holder for the ice cream. The volunteers then try out their “instruments” by licking the conductive ice cream. After getting a feel for their instruments, the performers then “play” their instruments together and learn to get creative with the tones by licking the ice cream in various ways.
Lickestra creates a different kind of layer to the act of eating by changing the simple dynamics of getting food into one’s mouth.
According to the project page, Lickestra is on tour at Specials on C in New York.
Source: Edible Geography