The idea to fry egg whites and yolks separately, to tell fortunes with spaghetti sticks, and to power socio-political movements with activist ingredients can all be found in The Unappropriated Recipes, a conceptual cookbook that reveals the raw and fresh perspectives of Hong Kong!
The Unappropriated Recipes is an unusual, unfathomable, and unprecedented project that celebrates Hong Kong, through the ingredients integral to various artists and their relationships with this city and Para Site, Hong Kong's leading contemporary art centre and one of the most active independent art institutions in Asia. Your participation will help to realize a project that we feel will present a unique fragment of the city that every day becomes more and more recognized for its contribution to the global art community. This publication is a sharing of manifestations of personal experiences, perceptions, interventions, reactions to Hong Kong, dedicated to the city’s melting pot culture and fusion approach to food and life.
Not many cities are as passionate about food as Hong Kong. This project is a new community expression of our love for food published to share with the world. Carefully crafted with each ingredient and process inspired by being in this city, every recipe is a gift from each contributor and an offering back to the global collective as well as Para Site's homage to its home, Hong Kong.
We invited Para Site’s collaborators, including artists, curators, and community of supporters to share their imagined manifestations of Hong Kong, both culinary and non-culinary, in the form of a personal recipe. Free to interpret the invitation broadly, each of the 70+ contributors offers a wildly different taste and idea of our city, highlighting its diverse cuisine and culture. With the support of this campaign, the recipes will be transformed into a cookbook that will be widely distributed and allow the global community to see for themselves what happens when ingredients such as potato, sausage, kale, karaoke set and pole dancing come together.
The contributors to this book range from those who have spent their entire lives in Hong Kong to those who passed through in only a few days, but all have been seduced by the city’s food culture, and together, their recipes take us on an unexpected journey.
Hong Kong artist Luke Ching Chin Wai teaches us how to fry egg whites and yolks separately as a witty and ironic metaphor for the current constitutional principle “One Country, Two Systems” formulated by Chinese revolutionary Deng Xiaoping in the early 1980s. New York-based writer Brian Kuan Wood’s “Hong Kong Monster Blood Soup" is a recipe for making connections between all the old and good things in Hong Kong. Hong Kong artist Oscar Chan Yik Long transforms fortune-telling sticks into a plate of spaghetti, offering an appetite for religion.
The cookbook is an invitation for readers to experience Hong Kong like never before. Our family at Para Site strongly believes in the communal culture of sharing food. As we always make sure our guests are fed well with art and cuisine, we would like to extend a metaphorical potluck to the rest of the world.
Contributors to the cookbook include:
Nadim Abbas | Xyza Cruz Bacani | Osei Bonsu | Marc Brulhart | Fanny Chan | Oscar Chan Yik Long | Leo Li Chen | Yin-ru Chen | Amy Cheng | CHENG TING TING | Clara Cheung | Luke Ching Chin Wai | HEMAN CHONG | Freya Chou | Olivia Chow | Mark Chung | Tyler Coburn | Cosmin Costinas | Hendrik Folkerts | Inti Guerrero | Mariam Ghani | Sheela Gowda | Ho Rui An | James T. Hong | Ip Wai Lung | Jao ChiaEn | Lee Kit | Godwin Koay | Anders Kreuger | Sarah Lai Cheuk Wah | Lai Chih-Sheng | Firenze Lai | LAM HOI SIN | Jims Lam Chi Hang | Lau Wai | Leung Chi Wo | Christina Li | Qinyi Lim | Lyno Vuth | Lesley Ma | Raimundas Malasauskas | MICHIKAZU MATSUNE | Pak Sheung Chuen | Mina Park | Qu Chang | Apoorva Rajagopal | Chantal Rechaussat | Stefan Rusu | Paola Sinisterra and Ignacio Garcia | Song Ta | Simon Soon | Tang Kwok Hin | Eason Tsang Ka Wai | Chantal Wong | Morgan Wong | Wong Binghao | Ming Wong | Sara Wong Chi Hang | BRIAN KUAN WOOD | Frances Wu Giarratano | Trevor Yeung | Yeung Yang | Samson Young | and many others.
Look for the BOLDED artists in the rewards section!
This project is not just a celebration of a city, but also a celebration of the local art community! Hong Kong is often called the hub of contemporary art in Asia, so it is apt to have a collective artistic approach to reflect and re-imagine the city and its complex identity. This publication aspires toward artistic satisfaction and pure sensual delight, using food as a platform to reach into the territories of conceptual artistic expression and social criticism.
You are an integral ingredient in making this project whole and bringing these recipes to life. By participating in this campaign, you are joining an already vibrant community of individuals who look at everything that Hong Kong has to offer and imagine the creation of something new, exciting, and meant to be shared and consumed by as many people as possible. We invite you to pull up a chair, and take part in this feast that represents where Hong Kong is today. To show our gratitude for your contribution, we have designed a series of exclusive rewards that can be found only within this campaign, including a collection of limited edition artworks inspired by 5 of the contributed recipes. We look forward to updating all of our supporters on the progress of the project and sharing in many meals together!
Pledge $80 HKD/ $10 USD --- The card that started it.
So maybe you’re curious what we sent out to all our collaborators in the first place. Well, you can expect the original postcard invitation to arrive in your mailbox, along with the original vibes to go forth and create!
Pledge $200 HKD/ $25 USD --- The whole reel of recipes.
Spice up your coffee table, sweeten up your bookshelf or heat up the bedside decor with your very own copy of The Unappropriated Recipes! Plus, you will also receive the original invitation postcard to match the book.
Pledge $400 HKD/ $50 USD --- Swag Bag.
Need something to carry your beautiful new show-and-tell book in? We've got you covered with a Para Site tote bag, chic/sleek enough to include a copy of The Unappropriated Recipes as well as the original invitation postcard to the project!
Pledge $800 HKD/ $100 USD --- Cooking Club Points
Wondering what that exclusive food event is going to be? Well, we're so excited to announce that MINA PARK, the founder of one of HK's favourite private kitchens, SOOK is going to treat everyone who pledges 800 HKD or more to a Super Sunday Supper! Inspired by The Unappropriated Recipes itself, the menu will include:
- Artist Sarah Lai's Blue Soup
- Artist Xyza Cruz Bacani's Thai Fish Cakes
- Curator Christina Li's Chicken Adobo with Rice
- Artist and curator Clara Cheung's Ginger Sauteed Greens
- Designers Paola Sinisterra and Ignacio Garcia's Grilled Corn
- Artist Leung Chi Wo's Flourless Chocolate Cake
- Curator Chantal Wong's Nutella Stuffed Cookies
- Artist Miriam Ghani's Butternut Squash Creme Brûlée
This supper will be a deliciously immersive experience, as guests get a taste of both edible and inedible recipes from the cookbook as well as an inside scoop on some of the Hong Kong submissions from the contributors themselves! We don't mind if you lick your fingers or even drool a little, just don't forget to grab a seat while stocks last.
*The event will take place in Hong Kong early 2017, and we will do our best to find a date that accommodates all of the backers of this reward. Details of the menu are also subject to change.
For more information about Sook, please visit http://www.sook.hk.
We also want to publicly acknowledge your generosity on our Website! Everyone there will also be sporting a Para Site tote bag with their own copy of The Unappropriated Recipes and the original invitation postcard!
Pledge $2400 HKD/ $ 300 USD ---- 5 OPTIONS
On The Cusp of Libra and Scorpio, 2016
2.6 x 9 x 9 cm
Digital print on ashtray
Edition of 20
Signed by artist
Courtesy of Heman Chong and Wilkinson Gallery
Heman Chong (b.1977, Malaysia) lives and works in Singapore. He is an artist, curator and writer whose conceptually charged investigations into how individuals and communities imagine the future generate a multiplicity of objects, images, installations, situations and texts. He has presented a number of solo exhibitions across the world, as well as numerous international biennales.
Lam Hoi Sin
Colonise What You Want To Eat, 2016
71 x 55.3 cm
Digital print on apron
Edition of 20
Signed by artist
Conceptual artist Lam Hoi Sin (b.1986, Hong Kong) aggregates, decontextualizes, and participates in the production of digital culture, conducting research through hundreds of personally authored blogs. Her pursuits and interests also extend to automatic drawings of music and affordable conceptual art.
Brian Kuan Wood
How to Make Hong Kong Monster Blood Soup, 2016
37.5 x 23 x 2 cm
Silkscreen on chopping board
Edition of 20
Signed by artist
Brian Kuan Wood (b.1978, USA) is a writer and editor based in New York. He is the founder and co-editor of e-flux journal, together with Anton Vidokle and Julieta Aranda. His writing has appeared in Bidoun, CAC Interviu, Paletten, e-flux journal, and various artist-initiated platforms and publications.
Cheng Ting Ting
What’s For Dinner Tonight?, 2016
25.5 x 25 x 3.3 cm
Digital Print on milk tea bag
Edition of 20
Signed by artist
Cheng Ting Ting (b. 1990, Hong Kong) lives and works in Hong Kong. She constructs narrative from the everyday and recreates imageries through her personal memory in the form of painting and drawing. She was the winner of the AVA award and the Red Elation Award in 2013.
Coca Cola Spray, 2016
29 x 9.7 x 6.3 cm
A glass spray bottle
Edition of 20
Comes with a certificate of authenticity
Michikazu Matsune (b. 1973, Japan) lives and works in Vienna. He works across mediums such as live performance, installation, photography and video. His work reflects upon contemporary society with a poetic irony and subversive wit.
Pledge $8000 HKD/ $1000 USD ---- HIGH FIVE SET!
5 recipes, transformed into 5 limited edition kitchenware artworks by 4 artists 1 writer and they’re all yours!
Show them off at your next dinner party or at the EXCLUSIVE food event to which you’ll be invited. You will also receive a Para Site tote bag with all the essentials, like your own copy of The Unappropriated Recipes, as well as the original project invitation postcard. We also want to publicly acknowledge your generosity on our Website!
Pledge $20,000 HKD/ $2500 USD --- NAME FAME.
Ever wanted to be in the dedications section of a tragically romantic novel?
Well, this is similar! Your name and generosity will be recognised in every single copy of The Unappropriated Recipes, our Website, and all promotional materials for the book. To put more things to your name, you will also receive a set of 5 limited edition kitchenware artworks, an invitation to an EXCLUSIVE food event, a Para Site tote bag with your own copy of the book and the original project invitation postcard!
Pledge $40,000 HKD/ $5000 USD --- ULTIMATE FRIENDZONE.
We think this is what they call ‘The Golden Package’. First off, you will be a Friend of Para Site and receive all the perks as a Patron for a whole year. Benefits of becoming Para Site’s patron include invitations to patron-exclusive events including artist talks, exhibition previews, private gallery tours, and dinners; complimentary copies of Para Site publications; acknowledgement on Website and printed materials; and more.
Your name will be recognised everywhere – in the book and on all printed and digital promotional materials! You will also get a whole set of 5 limited edition kitchenware artworks inspired by 5 recipes, along with an invitation to an EXCLUSIVE food event, a Para Site tote bag with your own copy of The Unappropriated Recipes and an original invitation postcard of the project!
ABOUT PARA SITE
In 20 years, a lot has changed in Hong Kong. Proceeding its handover to Mainland China, Hong Kong’s local art community was striving to seek alternative voices to express their anxiety. In response, Para Site was founded by a group of insightful local artists in 1996.
Today, Para Site is Hong Kong's leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications, discursive, and educational projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society. In early 2015, Para Site moved to an expanded new space in Quarry Bay, with a 2,500 square foot exhibition gallery and, for the first time a space dedicated to education. www.para-site.org.hk
The independent jury of the Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative has endorsed this project. Check out their curated page to learn about other great cultural projects: https://www.kickstarter.com/pages/artbasel
Risks and challenges
As a non-profit institution, we work with challenges all the time! We have already garnered artistic support for this project and now the challenge is publishing and marketing this book to the global audience. However, our deeply loyal and expansive network seems to suggest this project is timely and of relevance, so the hurdle is a small one to leap. The Unappropriated Recipes is intended to be accessible for all. The book’s specific personalized imagining of Hong Kong enveloped in an artistic and approachable form will make it a coveted item.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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