Memory Collage Recipe
"Memory Collage Recipe" is an interactive web-based art project aimed at exploring the feelings of loneliness and identity that overseas immigrants face in foreign lands. Overseas immigrants alleviate their sense of loneliness by consuming and preparing dishes from their homeland, which serves as an easily accessible form of self-comfort. Additionally, sharing and discussing food becomes a means for establishing emotional connections and resonance within unfamiliar cultural environments. Through sharing personal emotions and stories associated with food, individuals deepen their communication and mutual understanding. Based on this premise, the artist endeavors to facilitate food-based communication and multicultural understanding in the digital realm, while delving into the profound connection between food, memories, family, and cultural traditions.
Participants engage in the project by selecting ingredients, seasonings, tools, and other materials on the webpage to generate visualized recipes, which they then name. These recipes are preserved on the webpage for others to view. The visual representation of ingredients in the project intertwines with visual symbols representing the artist's childhood memories and hometown culture, forming a close association. This design aims to guide viewers in interpreting food. By participating in recipe creation and exploring others' creative presentations, viewers share emotional connections with food and contemplate their personal and cultural identities. The abstracted recipes, created through a visual language rooted in cultural symbols, become shareable visual puzzles, fostering an unconscious understanding of each other's cultures.
The project seamlessly integrates the artist, audience, and participants, collectively exploring the intricate relationship between food, personal experiences, emotional encounters, and cultural identity.