Imagine being able to view videos of the grandmothers’ of the world sharing the recipes and techniques they’ve spent their lives perfecting. Human Beans aim to popularise a new genre of documentary video clip - the ‘Grandma Recipe’. They want to catalyse the mass documentation of Grandmothers’ cooking their special recipes in their own kitchens. Human Beans are encouraging people to upload their own videos to: www.whatscookinggrandma.net
Alongside these films are prototype ‘Grandma Players’ - a new kitchen appliance (based on a modified jam jar). These are designed to record Grandma’s instructions and the sound of her cooking - so you can play her back in your own kitchen and cook along with Grandma.
Human Beans create provocative concepts. They make fictional products by hacking commercial culture and design new services by working with real people. Their work is disseminated through spam, media, shop shelves and exhibitions. Human Beans is a collaboration between advertising creative and designer Mickael Charbonnel and design strategist Chris Vanstone. Their work was recently included in the HearWear exhibition at the V&A, London and Safe: Design Takes On Risk at MoMA, New York.