a collective XR dinner event hosted by AI 👾

EMAP residency at iMAL 2023♥︎✖︎︎︎








At the intersection between art, architecture, and research, Be My Guest! explores the spatial, cultural, and social relationships of design, new media technologies, and AI in one of the most common and oldest gathering rituals in our everyday lives: a dinner with friends where AI becomes the host, co-creator of the spatial experience, and co-author of the spatial menu. Every dish becomes a surreal experience, with AI co-designed objects staging the physical environment and hiding hybrid affordances yet to be discovered. The project situates itself in the speculative future of living and proposes a mixed-reality dinner event, combining spatial storytelling, AI as a social companion, and posthuman theories to open a ground for discussion about the emerging socio-cultural role of artificial intelligent models and their integration through new media technologies in our everyday social scenarios for the future of our livable domains.

What happens when species meet?

The project is realized with the support of Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, through the ︎European Media Art Platform, and the support of ︎iMAL, Art Center for Digital Cultures & Technology, the ./studio3, Institute for Experimental Architecture of Innsbruck University and the ︎MIT Media Lab Fluid Interfaces Group. The project is co-funded by the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria, Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sports, and supported by the Culture Moves Europe program of the European Union implemented by the Goethe-Institut.


a project by Me AndOther Me / Cenk Güzelis & Anna Pompermaier
in collaboration with Valdemar Darny ︎
Production assistant: Ömer Gürel
Ceramic 3D printing: Jan Contala (cera.Lab) ︎
Creative technologist: Burkart Schwaighofer ︎ , Marek Šimoník
Sound artist: Dilâ Kirmizitoprak
Chef: Adrian Mancheño / Hispania Brussels ︎
Photo: Romane Iskaria ︎
Filming: Mladen Bundalo ︎