Zeng Burong 曾不容

Artist & Curator 艺术家 & 策展人

Non-Taster: A Photo Essay about A Loss of Taste and Ramen Breakfast

15: 00-15: 20 CET 29/05/2021

Recorded in the living room, Non-taster is a seven-day live-streaming breakfast show which explores the elusive connections between the change of taste and the immigrant experience. It was inspired by my experience of a sudden loss of taste at the beginning of 2020. The world, which used to be dirty, viscous and alive, has rapidly become hygienic, distanced and virtual. I documented breakfast during that period of time in a series of scanned images and photographs. The images of spicy sauce and food packages reveal the desire to reconnect the sense of hot, stinging, pleasure and pain. Alongside inevitable apathy, nostalgia and homesickness, Non-Taster laments the change of perception and desires in the post-pandemic period. I want to make Non-Taster an intimate work for people whose lives have been completely changed by the pandemic: food critics who lose their taste buds; dreamers who cannot remember their dreams; writers who cannot write; travellers staying at home.Beginning with the symptom of a sudden decline of taste, I worked on seven interrelated themes by sharing my favourite lockdown films, performances, pop music, podcasts, manga and ASMR mukbang videos in the seven-day show. The visuals of the breakfast show are correspondingly inspired by what might be seen as lowbrow/trash-pop cultural references. 

Burong (Wenjie Li) is a Beijing/London-based live art practitioner-researcher. She writes, performs and makes podcasts. Her work deals with the politics of intimacy, gut feelings and posthuman ethics. Currently, Burong is undertaking doctoral research on feminist resistance in live art practices since the 1990s. Her co-authored book The Happening of the Contemporary Performance Art (2016) and a series of interviews with live artists and curators were published in China. She also writes books for children.

无味觉者:后疫情时代的早餐秀

《无味觉者》是一档在英国疫情中于客厅录制的七天直播早餐秀,12月25至12月31号每日十点一刻开播,讨论口味的变化和移民身份之间一言难尽的关联。作品源于我在2020年初突然失去味觉后的经历。这曾经肮脏、浑浊但充满朝气的世界猝然离我而去,迎来的是强调洁净甚至隔阂的虚拟世界。我用一系列扫描图像和照片记录了平日的早餐,用辣酱和调料包的图片唤起人们对辣味和刺激感的欲望。《无味觉者》感发于后疫情期间感官和欲望的变化。我愿把《无味觉者》看作对生活方式被疫情所羁绊的人们的喃喃私语,比如丧失味蕾的美食家,记不清梦想的理想者,文思枯竭的作家,宅家的旅行者。在七日早餐秀中,我选择了环首衔尾的七个主题,并且分享了封城期间难忘的电影、表演、流行音乐、播客、漫画和ASMR吃播。早餐秀的视觉效果受到了所谓的“低俗”流行文化美学的启发。

曾不容是一名居住在北京和伦敦的行为艺术家和研究者,书写、表演并且制作播客节目。她的作品涉及亲密关系,共情和后人类伦理话题。目前,曾不着手于1990年代以来英国行为艺术中的女权反抗声音的博士研究。她的出版作品包括《当代表演艺术的发生》(2016年),与行为艺术家和策展人的三年系列访谈(2017年-2020年)和儿童读物。