Routes and Rituals
Essay by Kelly Lui
No doubt we all have some connection to food, whether through the need for daily sustenance, acts of labour, or acts of care. If we took a closer look at these connections, what pathways, systems, or structures are revealed? Through a collection of video-based works by Nelson Wu, Farrah Miranda, and Basil AlZeri, Routes and Rituals contemplates food as agential networks of mobilized and messy entanglements in our everyday existence.
Nelson Wu’s "Tuesday" takes us along a commute to Tap Phong Trading Co., an iconic store known for its affordable kitchenware sought out by “everyday people” and professionals alike located in Spadina Chinatown. Paying careful attention to colour, detail, light, and sound, this commissioned pixel animation delivers a moodscape that evokes our memories of food spaces and pays homage to the daily rhythms of people who work in food service. With ongoing community efforts to address and resist the rapid gentrification happening in Chinatowns globally, acts of remembrance can become collective resistance. Remembering these community spaces does not have to rely on official public memorialization. Rather, feelings, dust particles, and the weight of kitchenware are just as valuable in contributing to a living record that more keenly reflects a community’s relationship with space.
...ongoing community efforts to address and resist the rapid gentrification happening in Chinatowns globally, acts of remembrance can become collective resistance.