Hong Kong’s Para Site art space launches Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, championing the connection between art, food and the city.
Para Site’s latest crowdfunding campaign aims to support the publication of The Unappropriated Recipes, a unique cookbook dedicated to the independent art space’s local and international supporters. The publication brings together artistic contributions in the form of recipes, both culinary and non-culinary, by artists, curators and other art professionals about their “imagined manifestations” of Hong Kong.
Launched on 31 August 2016, Para Site’s Kickstarter campaign for The Unappropriated Recipes will run for 35 days and encourages the art space’s supporters around the world to get involved in this community effort for Hong Kong’s art scene. This project has also been endorsed by the independent jury of the Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative, which was founded back in 2014.
Para Site’s Kickstarter page for the project reveals:
The Unappropriated Recipes is a conceptual cookbook about artists’ perceptions on the formulation of Hong Kong through recipes. The idea to fry egg whites and yolks separately, to tell fortunes with spaghetti sticks, and to power socio-political movements with activist ingredients can all be found in The Unappropriated Recipes, a conceptual cookbook that reveals the raw and fresh perspectives of Hong Kong.
The innovative book project is a celebration of Hong Kong and the contributors’ relationship to the city. Artists and art professionals participating in it will share personal experiences, perceptions, interventions and reactions to Hong Kong, which is a symbol of a melting pot of culture and a fusion approach to food and life.
For the book, Para Site invited more than 70 artists, curators and supporters of the space to contribute their personal recipes inspired by Hong Kong and their experience of the city, both culinary and non-culinary.
An example of one of the recipes is represented by Hong Kong artist Luke Ching Chin Wai’s One Country Two Systems: Fried Two Eggs, a recipes that teaches how to cook yolk and egg white separately and is inspired by the current constitutional principle “One Country, Two Systems” formulated by Chinese revolutionary Deng Xiaoping in the early 1980s.
Other examples are New York-based writer Brian Kuan Wood’s recipe Hong Kong Monster Blood Soup, making connections between all the old and good things in Hong Kong, and Hong Kong artist Oscar Chan Yik Long’s transformation of fortune-telling sticks into a plate of spaghetti.
Among the contributors to the book are:
- Nadim Abbas
- Amy Cheng
- Inti Guerrero
- Mariam Ghani
- Sheela Gowda
- Lee Kit
- Leung Chi Wo
- Pak Sheung Chuen
- Song Ta
- Chantal Wong
- Morgan Wong
- Trevor Yeung
- Samson Young
Contributions can be made to the campaign on Kickstarter starting from HKD80 (USD10) up to HKD40,000 or more. Para Site offers rewards for various amounts, from a postcard for the lowest contributions and the book for HKD200 (USD25), to a Para Site tote bag containing the publication for HKD400 and becoming an official Patron of Parasite with all related benefits for a year with a contribution of HKD40,000 or more.
Among the rewards given, for a campaign contribution of HKD2,400 or more, is a newly launched series of limited edition cookware designed by book contributors Fotan-based Taiwanese artist Cheng Ting Ting, Sigapore-based Malaysian artist, curator and writer Heman Chong, local Hong Kong conceptual artist Lam Hoi Sin, Vienna-based Japanese artist Michikazu Matsune and writer, editor, founder and co-editor of e-flux Brian Kuan Wood.
C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia
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