BotStory: Futurist Cookbook New recipes and rituals for the digital age

Chat with our Futurist bot to discover new recipes and rituals for the digital age.

The Futurist Cookbook was published in 1932 by the poet and art historian Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and the artist Fillìa. Disguised as a cookbook, this manifesto appealed to its readers to embrace the advances and promises offered by the 20th century. Bourgeois traditions, they wrote, were to be swept aside by speed, machines, and new media such as cinema. The Futurists believed that the perfect arena for this conflict was the dining table—where the enemy of choice was pasta—and the book was packed with the most absurd culinary excesses. Now, in an era when technology and societal developments remain inextricably entangled, we use artificial intelligence to breathe new life into The Futurist Cookbook. Engage yourself in conversation with a futuristic chatbot from the last century, sharing your dreams and fears of the future and discovering new rituals and recipes for the digital era.

Project by Klasien van de Zandschulp, Emilie Baltz and Arjan Scherpenisse.
Commissioned by IDFA Doclab.

Part of DocLab Expo: Uncharted Rituals (16-26 November 2017)
Including live dinner events (19th and 20th of November 2017)

World's first Amuse Telebouche!
A multi-sensory dining event

What happens it we were able to apply the Futurist Cookbook to our current Digital Age? As digital technology develops at a faster and faster pace, bots starts to act more like humans, and humans like bots. We have developed daily rituals with our technology.

Inspired by the outcome of the Futurist Cookbook Bot, a new dish for Futurist eating was born. You plate and eat it on the phone of your neighbour.
The outcome was a multi-sensory dining experience where the audience was experiencing World's first Amuse Telebouche.


Chef Matthias Van Der Nagel

Caspar Sonnen, IDFA Doclab 

Jonas & Lucy / IDFA Doclab team


Jonathan Harris, Opeyemi Olukemi, Caro Verbeek, 

Pictures: Nichon Glerum