This Is edible (II.)
Directed, written, filmed, and edited by: Alice Chen
Cast: Tanya Dare
This parallel focuses on the progression to blind conformity, where one is unable to filter through the information being given. Contrary to the consumption of real food, the second video progresses to the ingestion of disarranged food and ultimately, inedible food.
This is an abstract narrative surrounding the act of eating sandwiches. Through this, I want to showcase the progression from an initial idea consumption to an ultimate blind acceptance. To what extent can a sandwich be changed for it to continue being called one? As we are in control of our minds while still being gullible and susceptible to influences, can we convince ourselves that a sandwich has two outer layers of cheese? Can we see the two slices of cheese as what we normally call “bread”? The variety of “sandwich” arrangements has been examined in this video to portray the ease in conformity, leading to an eventual acceptance of a fake sandwich made out of clay.
“Are we in full control of our minds?”
This is a question that I ask myself constantly. If the reality around us is the product of our own construction, that means our perceptions are eternally malleable. Especially with the prevalence of media, we are inevitably exposed to an overwhelming amount of influences each day. While this allows global communications, it ultimately develops trends and ideas which could be spread rapidly.
With this project, I aim to address the problematic phenomenon with the loss of individuality and blind compliance to popular ideas. Though there are benefits with rapid information spread in raising awareness for worldly issues, it is also the place where the intentions of these acts of solidarity become twisted. The movements that have arose in our society may have transformative and progressive intentions, but the excessive societal stimuli may twist the meanings and in turn, make them be treated as trends instead of real problems that need to be dealt with. Does supporting an idea mean we have to believe and agree to everything said and done about it? In truth, we are living in a society where we have to work together to resolve pressing issues, but I think we should still retain some degree of individuality.
To illustrate my concept, I have decided to employ the form of performative and experimental video art, where I’ve created three individual short films representing the parallels of idea consumption, blind conformity, and relearning process.