Inspired by our artist reference, The Futuristic Cookbook, my group and I decided to create a delicious-non-edible-meal with the help of our audiences.
We asked our audiences what edible and non-edible ingredients would they like to see in our dish. Some of the ingredients suggested by them are condoms, coke, my little pony and pear. Then we went to different location, North and East of Singapore to get the ingredients.
During the live, the chefs will only follow the instructions given my the audiences and create a new dish with the ingredients that we have.
At first, we though of having 2 actors arguing with each other in a void deck. One of them will be given instructions on what to say and what to do by one of our group member. The other one is free to do whatever she likes. The player task is to calm both of them down.
However it seems lacking in terms of motivation for the player to complete the task.
So I went to reflect on our first ideation, and try to come out with something before discussing again with my members. Since this project is called Glitch Singapore, I thought of injected some local aspect into this project which is the use of tissue paper in Hawker Centre. One of the function of the tissue paper is to chop the table. So I thought of making something out of the tissue paper at the Hawker Centre then make it live. The challenging part about this idea was to think and create something meaningful that relates back to local, with the use of tissue paper in a Hawker Centre
Another idea is based on my childhood experience. It is about a school boy who just finished school, he has some errand to do but he has to reach home within 30 minutes as his strict mum is waiting for him. Some of the errands will be:
playing at the playground with his friend
buying a snack
copy his friend’s homework
buy some items that his mum told him.
So before the game start the audience can arrange which errands they want to do first. We did not go with this idea because it a close conclusion, nothing unexpected and the third space is missing.
The last idea that I thought of was a BINGO game among the resident. The player will be given a bingo paper and it will happened in a specific neighbourhood, example only in Jurong West neighbourhood. So before the game start, the player will select on of the option. Example: A runner who is wearing ________. Options given are:
National Service Singlet
Not wearing a top; half naked.
To complete this, there’s an answer in the Bingo set itself. This game requires crowdsourcing in a way, however there is also a close conclusion.
So when me and group members meet up to discuss again, I told them that I wanted to inject some localise aspect in it. Then they had already have an idea about original fairytales that are actually not very princessy but they are dark and disturbing. An example is the Cinderella story, where the step sister cut her toes to fit into the glass slippers.
So I suggested that maybe we could use Singapore’s myth, example is the Redhill or The Sister Island. Then picked out certain element of it and create our narrative. However the ideas that we throw in while discussing, only focuses on the narrative without inserting Glitch, Third space and DIWO.
That’s when we decided to rethink about having a simple narrative, with an unexpected outcome, that can happened in a few different locations at a same time.
Hence, we decided to have a cook show, playing with food, with reference from The Futuristic Cookbook.
Jian Kan Tang 2018: The objective is performance art is to discuss cultural hybridity, through the use of rice and potatoes, the former embodies Asian culture and the later western culture. During the performance, there are 8 bowls containing potatoes and rice. Audience has to follow a set of instructions given by the artist in the page. Some of the instructions were no undress of the artist, no consumption of food, not abusing the artist. This performance art was suppose to happened in a physical place, but due to the weather, the performance was held in the Facebook live. So audience will comment during the live to interact with the artist.
The Futurist Cookbook by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. He is an Italian poet and where one of the founder of Futuristic movement. In short, this book about art and cooking. And the believed that people “think, dream and act according to what they eat and drink”. There were 11 requirements of created a Futurist recipe. Some of it are
Absolute originality in the food
The invention of appetizing food sculptures, whose original harmony of form and color feeds the eyes and excites the imagination before it tempts the lips.
Futuristic food is not meant to be eaten, but experienced by the eyes and nose. Example of a recipe is to deep-fried the red rose heads in full bloom, and it is called Diabolical Rose.
Firstly, we ask the audience what ingredients would they want to put in our dish, it can edible and inedible. Then we went to different location to get the ingredients.
So some of the ingredients brought are: Coke, coffee, condom, container, earbud, rubber band, my little pony, pear and many more.
Before going on live, we post a description of our project with a short narrative and a picture of our ingredients on our Facebook page. We didn’t not useknife and cutting board, as we intentionally want to replace it penknife and cutting mat that we always use in school.
During the live, audience will give instructions to the chefs and the chefs will make the dish according to the instructions.
Lastly, to end this, we serve our dishes our customers.
Role & Responsibilities
Getting edible ingredients from the audience: Hazel, Tanya and Karen.
Getting inedible ingredients from the audience: Celine and Azizah
Facebook page: created by Celine, titled by everyone and visuals by Azizah
Cast/chefs: Tanya and Karen
Facebook Live Commentator: Celine
Assistances & Camerawoman for documentation: Hazel and Azizah
Video Editor: Celine, with the assistance of Hazel, Tanya and Azizah.
Firstly, the outcome itself was unexpected as we didn’t know that we could create 2 dishes with 2 drinks with the ingredients we had.
The process of doing it was also surprisingly different of what we, as a group, thought of. As we did not thought of using condoms as an icing. Here are some of the comments from the audience:
Use the straw to stab the pickle and make little pickle cylinders to garnish the paste
crush chalk into powder and mush with chilli sauce
dip the cotton buds into wasabi
Mix wasabi with with apple mix in the condom!!!!
dice the candles and throw it on the salad
We also didn’t expect the first round to be successful, as we thought that we might need to do another round of it.
One of our audience for this project is my mum. Her view of this project is different from the audience, as she did not comment at all. So I asked her and she said that she did not understand what we were doing. And she was also shocked that I took some of the ingredients from home. So from this, I learnt that some people have different perspective towards this project. As most audience of my age will find this exciting, but audience like my mum, would not find this interesting.
I did not have any problems working with my team member. As we were able to work together and divide the work equally. Although, sometimes a person’s work does not meet the group standard, we as a group will try and figure it out together.
In this final project, I was able to apply what I have learnt during the lectures, discussions and micro-projects to combine it and create something new. I think that the micro-projects really helps a lot in this project, as through the class’ micro-project we are able to learn and pick up new pointers.
About: Destroying the original quality of a living thing. By using a flower to represent human and it is placed in a soil where it is comfortable in. Then using different actions, such as stabbing, cutting and stepping on it, to create deterioration to the flower. Aside from the objects, we verbally abuse the flower in a poetic way and it gets harsher as we took turns to say each line.
At the start of our stop motion, we make each frame goes by sequence then half way through the video, the sequence gets messed up creating glitch, which means error to us.
How does your project embrace problems, inconsistencies and accidents?
When we were compiling each images into a stop motion video, some of the images gets messed up as they were not in sequence. Hence we decided to embrace it which lead to some of the images not sequence.
'But the way to not be stuck is to focus on glitch as a form of surprise and as a way of glitching people’s expectations.' – Randall Packer, Conversation with Jon Cates (2014) Hyperallergic
To us, glitch means error and mistake. Hence by having those error and mistakes in our video, it distort the audience way of viewing it.
How is the medium in your work transformed from its original state through the act the deterioration and destruction?
By using stop motion, we are able to rearrange the sequence of the images which makes the audience to familiarize then unfamiliar with the linear narrative of the video. However, we kept the last frame to the flower being buried into the soil as an ending to show the original state has being destroyed.
'Glitch studies attempts to balance nonsense and knowledge. It searches for the unfamiliar while at the same time it tries to de-familiarize the familiar.' – Menkman, R. (2009) “Glitch Studies Manifesto'
The actions that we did to the flower, such as stabbing, cutting and burying on it, shows the process of deterioration of the flower. By having those actions, it gives the audience some hint about which action comes first although the video is not in sequence.
With the voice added into our video, it gives an impact that the flower is going through a negative state. However, we did in a poetic way to show that even in a nice way of saying something it can be vulnerable to a living thing.
How is glitch and destruction an act of artistic expression?
From our micro-project, it a metaphorical destruction as we use object to represent human. We did not set any rules on how we wanted to destroy the flowers, and how we arranged the sequence of each images. Instead, we just go with the flow which lead our video to have traces of our error and mistake.
“I manipulate, bend and break any medium towards the point where it becomes something new. This is what I call glitch art.' - Menkman, R. (2009) “Glitch Studies Manifesto'
Describe how this process of collective image creation and decomposition creates a glitch transformation.
If this was not a collective image creation, I would have an outcome of how I wanted to create my image to a glitch. But having other people and taking turns to create a glitch transformation, the outcome of it is unexpected.
And by taking turns to create a glitch transformation, I think that the person before plays an influential role as it will influence and affect the next person’s thoughts.
How is each transformation creating a new form of its precursor?
It is an unknown out come and there is no control in creating the glitch transformation.
Here are some editing I did for my friends’ selfie: