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I’ve enjoyed hobnobbing digitally with food enthusiasts online via blogs and Twitter. Recently, I’ve published Chinese versions of my blogs onto Sina, with hopes to connect with more food fans and project participants. The experience has been encouraging.
Tonight, I was invited to an art show showcasing collaboration between Chinese and Irish artists in Beijing. Xiao Zhou, a young installation artist and photographer who chanced upon ShowShanti.com, invited me to see a performance art piece called “How to eat sliced bread.” I had no idea what to expect.
I arrived and found three Chinese food bloggers assembling various stacks of luncheon meat, tomatoes, cucumbers, kimchi, cheeses, and smotherings of ketchup or mayo between sliced bread.
The performance didn’t stop with the food. The food bloggers photographed their edible edifices then posted them to their respective blogs. I met Pānpānmāo (潘潘猫), a famous food blogger in Beijing, who showed me photos of her photo staging props and the variety of foods she creates and posts to her blog. I was tickled by the novel idea to perform the entire food blogging process as art.
Wouldn’t you agree that food blogging is one of the greatest things since sliced bread!