The Original

The Original
2011
(In collaboration with Rochelle Youk)

"The Original" is a self-serve instant cup noodle cafe. In addition to noodles, Taiwanese style tea eggs and kim chee are available. Participants are invited to sit down, eat food, peruse the art magazines (Art Forum, Art Review, etc) and chat with friends. 

This interactive installation was made for "Over My Dead Body," an art exhibit that explores ideas of artistic survival. Our concept follows the origin of 'instant cup noodles' from being a symbol of cultural conquest in Asia in the late 1800s, to Taiwan, to being a global phenomenon, as well as a staple for us 'starving' artists. For both of us, being Asian American and artists, serving "The Original" cup noodles with art magazines made sense in thinking about the theme of the show and our own backgrounds.