Christy Chan


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In a time when talking to strangers can feel difficult, Everybody Eats Lunch paired Americans of different backgrounds together for a one-on-one meal and conversation, with meals donated by local restaurants. The project’s “algorithm” was intentionally random; Participants were matched only by their favorite lunch food. For example, if you said macaroni, you got matched with someone who also requested Macaroni. Featured on NPR as the "anti-echo chamber experience," the project took place in the Midwest and the San Francisco Bay Area over two years. Exhibition of the project, entitled "Hello Stranger," presented quotes extracted from lunches and a "pop-up" re-creation of the dining experience for gallery visitors.

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Lunch, Strangers, Analog, Food, Conversation, Anti echo chamber experience, One on one


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