"New Ultimate Imperial Feast (新滿漢全席)," an eco-driven project by Taiwan artist Kuang-yi Ku (顧廣毅) and Hong Kong food designer Adelaide Lala Tam, has received €25,000 from the Grant Programme for Design (Stimuleringsfonds) of Creative Industries Fund NL.
Inspired by a legendary dynastic feast called "Manchu Han Imperial Feast," the collaboration project aims to revalue traditional Chinese eating heritage and protect endangered species. By combining design practice, animal husbandry, and pioneering biotechnology, Ku and Lam are proposing a unique dining experience that promotes conserving biodiversity and embracing animal ethics.
Lam, a graduate of the Food Non Food Department of Design Academy Eindhoven, has always been curious about the role of the designer as a mediator between food and design. She explores different fields of food production, hoping to unfold the complex story behind humanity's massive, interlocking food systems.
Ku trained as a dentist, bio artist, and social designer in Taipei and Eindhoven. He received the 2018 Gijs Bakker Award from the Netherlands for his "Tiger Penis Project," which advocates the use of synthetic biology to reduce the number of animals being killed and consumed by traditional Chinese medicinal practices.
"New Ultimate Imperial Feast" is also supported by the Ministry of Culture's "Arts and Technology: Creative Innovation and Counseling Project," which provides professional consulting services for new media art. Ku will be serving residency at the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab this year as well.
His "Tiger Penis Project" and collaborations with Lam will soon be on view at Temporary Art Centre Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Design Museum Gent, Belgium; and Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.