Q & A

Type/
Interactive objects

Materials/
Goose egg shell, natural ingredients, strong & flexible plastic, main board, breadboard, terminal board, LEDs, resistors, wires

Size/
Variable: the largest 8 × 6.8 × 15.3 cm

Year/
2013

How do you use your senses?

As an artist, I created a body of experiential work to encourage audiences to reflect on the impact of changes in society. My work is a result of exploring the senses using food as a medium. A combination of interactive installation and wearable art is used to provide a window through which viewers experience the senses in different ways. 

Q & A is regarded as in the jewellery context because it needs our human bodies to become activated and functional as a piece of art. The idea is to encourage audiences to approach and make contact with it with their senses - to smell, touch, and see.

Experimenting with food – the processes from boiling to mixing – triggered my senses and highlighted the limit of my perception of everyday surroundings. Due to expanding global knowledge, rapid changes in society are inevitable and often exceed our expectations. Our lifestyles are changing as is our food culture, where we enjoy food for the way it affects our senses and for the memories, thoughts and feelings it can invoke. We are not always aware of how much we have lost or forgotten living from day to day. Fast-paced living and social change have resulted in the loss of some aspects of culture from modern society. What I treasure has become intangible and invisible. I can hardly remember a time when old restaurants thrived and historical buildings were still standing.

We manipulate our bodies and our behaviours to adapt to all the changes we have made. But how do you use your senses? There is no consensus. Each of my artworks is designed to interact with viewers to encourage them to think about using the senses in a different way. 

My research began with my observation of people through food test and experimenting with food. I turned raw ingredients into my research materials and the experimenting process documented by words and pictures, demonstrates my experiences using diversity of materials, thereby bringing complicated ideas into a concept. For examples, there are chicken powder made of extracting oil from a boiling chicken, “bacon powder” made of cooked bacon oil and dried vegetable.

Q & A Sample No.1 contains 28 jars, each of which has a distinctive aroma mixed with boiled and dried natural ingredients.

As the colours of the LED light changed gradually while hand approaching towards the prototype, the experiment required a sheer amount of time to achieve sensitivity accuracy. 

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