Taste of Hands (손맛) Circular Kimchi Buffet
2010 ‧ Art Festival in Seoul
- Locavore installation ‧ eating design ‧ handmaking values ‧ circular socio-materiality
Commissioned by Doshirak+ Food Drawing Café at 2010 Seoul Art Festival in collaboration with MeeWha Lee, HeeYoung Kim, SooYoon Kim, SoYoung Hyun, YoonJi Lee, SanKyung Han, Juuri Jeong, HyeRyeon Jang, SeMi Cho, EunMi Cho, YeSeul Moon, Csue Moon, SeokHyo Eun, YaeJee Yoo, JunYoung Ji, Unah Lee, and HyeongSun Jang.
Buffet guests selected kimchi by the depictions of the pairs of hands that crafted it—rather than by the food’s properties. In kimchi fermentation, hands are primary means of production (washing, peeling, chopping, marinating, collating). These microbial human/vegetable exchanges formulate the final taste. Ten kimchi-crafting ladies at Sindang and Seoksu market had their palm photos taken, so that consumers of their kimchi could better appreciate its Taste of Hands. Guests wrote personal napkin notes to kimchi makers which surprised them when unexpectedly delivered.