by Yun Tae Nam

If you really want to make

- CESAR CHAVEZ

Participation and Interaction for Public Space

Melbourne has had a love affair with food. Our celebratedly multicultural city is a boiling pot of cultures, cuisines and connoisseurs.
Melbourne Potluck is a public experience that uses the idea of food to bring together a temporary community. The project celebrates cultural diversity and breaks down barriers using the universal language of food. The project brings together locals and visitors from different cultures and communities to exchange curiosity infused moments with each other.

NINA, 27 / THE TOURIST

Nina is originally from Milan, Italy and has recently graduated from University of Bologna. She has decided to take a gap year to travel and experience the world. She is on a working holiday visa and expects to enjoy a Melbourne White Night.

ALFIE, 45 / THE FAMILY

Alfie is an Canadian business man from South Yarra. He has a family which is consists of his wife and two daughters. White Night is one of Alfie’s favourite family outings since the kids always love to play around with installations and watch the light installations and projections.

YEWON, 23 / THE STUDENT

Yewon is an international student who was originally from Seoul, Korea. She studies at Monash University. In her spare time she enjoys many festivities that Melbourne has to offer. This is Yewon’s first White Night and she will hang out with her group of friends and expects to have a great time.

HUGH, 48 / THE MOVIE ACTOR

Hugh is an Australian man. Sydney born and bred, he is interested in all the things art and culture in Melbourne. He seldomly comes to White Night since it can be a bit overcrowded but nonetheless expects to see new and interesting installations.

01 - LANDING SCREEN

Visitors are invited, using simple and friendly language, to ‘join the table.’ This language immediately conjures associations of food, celebration, and socializing.

02 - LOGIN SCREEN

Visitors are encouraged to enter some very basic details before moving on to the next stage. Again, inclusive and colloquial language acts as a warm invitation into the experience.

03A - INTERACTION
          (Sharing)

Visitors select a meal and drink that they would like to share with others. They then select a meal and drink that they would like to enjoy. Every visitor’s input and decisions directly affect the projected media facade.

03B - INTERACTION
          (Conversation)

The chatroom provides a space for visitors to interact as well as showing a feed of the interactions. Visitors can view who enjoyed the food and drink they shared as well as their country of origin.

01 - Still image from projection system in real time (00:05)

02 - Still image from projection system in real time (00:07)

03 - Still image from projection system in real time (00:12)

04 - Still image from projection system in real time (00:17)

Melbourne Potluck from newnyt

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