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為了演繹這一幕幕超現實的邂逅，翁唯與攝影師Jan ROSSEEL達成合作共識，倆人在作者過去十年的攝影作品裡面，精挑細選出不同的時間與地點，朝隱喻和身體的方向追尋灼痛感的蹤跡。這次合作呈現的《吃辣椒》是一本雙語出版物， 讀者可以通過兩種語言和兩個方向來閱讀。《吃辣椒》在視覺和文字上既提供了雙向思考，讓讀者可以從左到右、或從右到左閱讀，又同時挑戰了西方文化想像的線性思維。
In this hybrid fiction, the human consumption of chili pepper has surged beyond the culinary indulgence of spice. Beginning with an explosion of pepper grenades hijacking a bakery, Eat A Chili interweaves a disparate cast of thrill seekers, veering between language and image to reveal a cross-border feast, blending the uncanny and emotional synesthesia of the everyday. The result is a science fiction ode to the pleasurable burns kindled by chili spice.
Eat a Chili is the debut publication by visual artist Wei WENG. The idea of the book was induced during a surprisingly spice meal in her adopted home of Copenhagen. WENG was synaesthetically struck by the fiery onslaught of spice with a wicked vision: to sprinkle visual fragments that can reverberate with a blend of short stories, much like the multi-sensory layers of heat emanating from human taste receptors.
To re-stage a series of surreal encounters, WENG worked in close collaboration with photographer Jan ROSSEEL to sift through a decade of her photographic work, the duo traces the experience of metaphorical and physical burn through time and place. The result is a bilingual publication that can be read in two languages and in two directions. Eat a Chili can therefore be read visually and textually both from left to right, but also right to left, challenging the usual linearity of the western cultural imagination.
With a compilation of images from China, Myanmar, Thailand, Australia, the United States, and Denmark, Eat a Chili feasts upon the ways in which image-making crosses culture and constructs meaning. The book’s intertwined narrative is reflective of WENG’s personal roots shaped by migration, and the result is a science fiction ode to the wonders of capsaicin—a hardly ascetic meditation upon the uncanny and emotional synesthesia of the everyday.
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