Wuhan Hot Dry Noodles
Wuhan Noodles is an immersive audiovisual performance that generates multi-sensory experience premiered at Safehouse London. With relationships between space and human characters, the work establishes the unseen energy by culinary process.
Also the project reframed the audience’s perception of Wuhan, from their preconceived only notions as the origin of the pedanmic.
In Wuhan Hot Dry Noodles Sijia aims to express the unseen energy or ‘Chi’ of cities through performance. Having studied as an architect she is particularly interested in this energy of spaces, a characteristic which for cities she believes can be discovered through food. Light and sound operate together in Sijia’s work to replicate the ‘Chi’ of cities through a multi-sensory experience of food.
Sijia believes that the resonance of sound allows for people to become connected to the inner ‘Chi’ of objects, and thus by focusing on the sound of food seeks to expose the unseen ‘Chi’ of its origin cities. By using contact microphones Sijia captured the sounds of the Chef’s gestures and cooking, and visualised them through analysis of their various sonic qualities. The light in Wuhan Hot Dry Noodles is a result of this analysis. The dancer’s manipulation of light is an attempt to visualise these sonic qualities of cooking. Through this control of light and sound within the environment Sijia expresses the central ‘Chi’ of food.
By expressing this ‘Chi’ of food Sijia aims to reframe the audience’s perception of her hometown Wuhan, allowing them to experience a positive side to the city rather than their negative preconceived notions of it as the origin of the pandemic.
Director & Interactive Design: Siijia Chen
Art Director: Chaney Diao (Slade Art Institute)
Dancer: Yining Chen (Roehampton, Beijing Dance Academy) , Tingnin Wen (Trinty Leban)
Chef: Yiwen Li (Slade Art Institute)
Sound Design: Milo (DJ Bitlo)
Graphic Sketches: Sijia Chen, Tianyun Li (AA architecture association)
Film storyboard : Jiacun Li (RCA) , Tianyun Li
Film editing: MaxHeinlein (CSM)
Special thanks: Weichen Tang, Maria Jaranko, Panpan Wang, Ran Yan, Wenxuan Chen
Project developed in Exhibition May 2022 at the edge of Safehouse12 , Goldsmith&Slade art institute