Bring It To The Table is a metaphorical object which considers the importance of actively negotiating established patterns of thought. Our everyday tools establish habits which influence the decisions we make and the possibilities we can see.
How can our tools, such as this table, support our capacities for play so that we can begin to imagine different presents and futures beyond existing assumptions?
Removing the table top fundamentally changes the conditions of expected functions of a table. This decision has several effects:
First of all the table is not explicitly referring to a specific environment (dining or working) but to the fact that you can sit around it and have a discussion, dialogue or meeting. Stories define our culture and what we believe in. The table is helping to tell new stories because of its changed condition. The openness, which is also created visually, is providing room for play. It creates an environment that sparks discussion by not only taking away the surface but also by the possibility of having these discussions at spaces that could not been imagined with an ordinary table. By constructing the table around existing structures, like a tree, through a fence or around a commercial wall it includes stakeholders into the discussion. We might not necessarily talk about them but they are only through their presence part of the dialogue. This fact changes the conditions which set ground for new ways of acting.
Secondly it is unimportant what is lying on the table but what you personally bring to the table. The presence of a person is all that can be brought. In current conditions we trust in technology to solve the problems we have and not our own genuin abilities. By stealing the possibility of placing things on the table I metaphorical speak to the fact that we have to improve ourselves. It is not delegated to a physical object that is lying on the table but what each on of us can bring to the table.