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A performance installation that explores the ideas of culture, labour, food & lost traditions.
Traditional longevity noodles were made by hand by the mother of the individual who is having a birthday. The belief is that the longer the strands of noodles, the longer the individual would live to be. Because of this, the noodles are kept unpractically long and it is a faux pas to cut them shorter. A product of the era of automation, global villages, and diaspora the knowledge and art of making longevity noodles has been long lost in most present Chinese families. The longevity noodles that one can purchase come in a circle block, air dried or deep fried and ready to be reconstituted. This irony is strong between the juxtaposed elements of cultural beliefs and importance, versus these premade dried birthday noodles. This exhibition and performance will seek to explore these notions amidst many paintings and artworks done during childhood by the artist that employed the similar mantra of practice will make perfect.
Presented by the Toronto Evergreen Brick Works, the exhibition spanned across two weeks with live performances every weekend during the market hours. The artist, along with his mother and aunt attempted to learn and master the forgotten art of longevity noodles from scratch. Through the projected knowledge of numerous noodle making “how-to” videos, the artist, his mother and aunt put the mantra of “practice makes perfect” to labour. The exhibition container was furnished to emulate the artist’s family home through the usage of various artifacts, objects and ephemeras.
"Will they attain and master longevity?"