Shape of Appetite

Tang Han & Zhou Xiaopeng

  • Medium:Single-channel videos;wallpapers;books and magazines
  • Year:2017
  • Duration:29' 00"


The French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss states in The Origins of Table Manners that “we can hope to discover for each specific case how the cooking of a society is a language in which it unconsciously translates its structure,” and Tang Han and Zhou Xiaopeng’s work Shape of Appetite presents the other extreme of food and its social language: food sculpture. Through interviews with restauranteurs, the artists discuss how the food industry is affected by social, demographic, and market changes, and how the aesthetics of plating responds to the flow of images and values in the process of globalization. In doing so, they attempt to approach and understand the shape of consumer aesthetics.

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