Regardless of social unrest, excited to visit the annual Microwave Festival exhibition, my top loved mini exhibition featuring the integration of art and technology to stimulate our senses and guide us to evaluate the social issues critically. Being the theme of this year, E.A.T carrying the meaning of food consumption and the “Experiment in Art and Technology”. Great to take our time to appreciate the creative artworks produced by worldwide designers!
The “New Ultimate Imperial Feast” proposed an alternative on the endangered food and animal cruelty. Placing the table in a red room, it delivers a strong warning message that we should stop exploiting the nature. Human beings have no right to dominate the food chain, as another exhibit, “To Flavour Our Tears”, suggests we are destined to be a food source for insects and microorganisms. The environmental issue is further investigated in the “Smog Tasting, Take Out", anaggreated product produced by a group of participants making air pollutant cookies over different spots in Hong Kong. It is supposed to taste the cookie all together to compare the taste of different smog and be aware of the air pollution problem!
A couple of exhibits require our participation. “The CANTINE ORCHESTRA workshop” records and playbacks the sound of the food processing equipment. We can try to make music if skillful enough. There is a complex “Symbiotic Autonomous Machine” to reflect the social and legal status of the food production system. The trustworthy relationship enables us to control the machine and produce the drinks that we desire. Ironically, the machine acts as the slave of human beings.
Love the exhibition so much to let me think about food from different perspectives. To resolve the food crisis, should we consume more vegetables instead of meat? The more we pollute the environment, isn’t the nature would return us with more contaminated food? We should appreciate, cherish and evaluate the food we consume, in order to maintain a harmonious relationship between our environment and society.