Starters - PaTI x Fikra

︎     Introduction
︎     Process

01      JUN Hakyung
          Ayesha Bin Haider

02    LEE Hye-won
         Afra Ashraf

03    JUNG Yul
         Noora Moosa

04    HAN Yoon-ji
         Ammar Khaled

05    PARK Mirinae
         Hind Rais

06    YOON Jeongweon
         Moza Alfalasi

︎    Starters 1.0


Traveling through Food

            Traveling is always a big inspiration and stimulation for designers, and food is a determining factor, a powerful tool to learn about another culture and appreciate its traditions and customs. Whether through different ingredients, exotic flavors, or new dining experiences, we enter a new world and absorb another culture, lifestyle, history and sentiment.

            After the COVID-19 pandemic, traveling has become no longer easy or feasible for many of us. With a strong desire to explore new cultures and new places, Starters 2.0 allowed us to experience an alternative form of cultural exchange between the UAE and Korea. Through this workshop, we experienced the novelty of a foreign culture in relation to ours, and reinterpreted it through the lens of design.

            The participants explored local food in the context of the outside world, a physical place of culinary interest, from street markets, food trucks, picnics, fast/slow-foods, supermarkets to the home. Each of the 12 students presented a ‘food + location’ of their own choice alongside the full experience of getting there, of preparing or ordering the meal and consuming it. The designers were then paired, and carried out an investigation of their partner’s selection while bringing their own interpretation to the topic. The cultural exchange and design research culminated in a virtual exhibition depicting the the final outcome as well as the journey, design process, personal impressions and the plethora of conversations along the way that led to a much deeper understanding of each other's culture and way of life.