Eatopia is a series of immersive and conceptually led culinary performances taking place at the inaugural London Design Biennale from 7-18th September. The events will explore historical incidents of Taiwanese cultural integration between different ethnic and cultural groups.
Taiwan has received waves of migrants since the beginning of its written history. Together, these people of distinctive cultural backgrounds witnessed the island’s historical milestones: colonisation, martial law administration and democratisation. Centuries of cultural collision and fusion have shaped Taiwan into a multi-faceted country, but its historical complexity often leads to discussions on what constitutes the Taiwanese identity and which culture best represents Taiwan.
Curated by architect Rain Wu and designer Shikai Tseng in collaboration with chef Chung-Ho Tsai, Research & Development Chef at the renowned Taiwanese fine dining restaurant Pasadena, with supports from architectural designer Lydia Chang Eatopia responds to the Biennale’s Utopia by Design theme by presenting an imagined future through a culinary journey. Reflecting on the history of Taiwan, the dishes serve as a reminder that cultural collision and fusion have been and will continue to be powerful forces that propel the country towards a united yet diverse utopia.
An experimental tasting menu of five dishes will guide the audience on a narrated journey through the installation’s themes. Each session (pre-book only) lasts for approximately 45 minutes.
Eatopia is an exhibition organised by cxcity and will tour Hong Kong and Taipei in October 2016.
▦ In order to attend this event you must have a valid ticket to the London Design Biennale which can be purchased through ticketmaster
▦ Taiwan Pavilion at London Design Biennale, Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA