食事風景
  • PublisherMCCM Creations
  • Language繁體中文/English
  • Publication Date2009/09
  • Size245mm x 335mm
  • Page156Page
  • BindingHardback
  • Weight(kg)1.41kg
  • ISBN9789889865382
Regular PriceHK$250

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食事風景

————瑞士與中國飲食文化觸碰

Foodscape - a Swiss-Chinese Intercultural Encounter about the Culture of Food

Book Information

Foodscape is a collection of texts and photographs created during an intercultural encounter with history and culture of food on a 14-day literary & artistic exchanges trip for Swiss authors and artists to China, and vice versa, for Chinese authors to Switzerland. During workshops, readings and public discussions, a linguistic and sensual approach made it possible to experience what is otherwise mutually foreign. In China, eating meals together is a matter of establishing commonalities and a basis for communication, as well as a way to encourage the harmony of the universe. From time immemorial, food has been a form of communication, first with the family, where togetherness is realized in common meals, then with business partners and friends to contemplate the fate of the economy and the society over food and drink, and finally with ancestors to be nourished with sacrifices of food. So it is not surprising that, in China, the daily greeting “How are you?” takes the form “Have you already eaten?”

Why Switzerland and China? A similarity between Switzerland and the Pearl River Delta region is multilingualism: while Switzerland’s national languages are German, French, Italian, and Romansh, people in Guangdong region speak Cantonese, Putonghua, English, and Portuguese. Along with this multiplicity of languages in a small area, the literary work of Swiss and South Chinese writers seems having a similar sense of the transitory, the literary sketch that cannot be precisely categorized, and a subjective style full of linguistic play. Behind apparent simplicity, modern and precise observations of everyday life can be found; often, though, they lead away from reality into a highly artificial world of forms and language focused on the self.

Author Description

ZELLER Martin

Born in 1961 in Mannheim, Germany, studied at the College of Design in Darmstadt. He was awarded for his first art project (412-432,1990). In 1993, Zeller move to reunified Berlin, where he created photo works of the stone metropolis with broad building lines (Berlin, 1997). Later he turned his attention to the multi-layeredness of the image (The Transfer Night, 2002). International prizes and scholarships made projects aboard possible, including Roma (1999) and China Transition (2003). Between 2004 and 2007, he worked in Hong Kong on The Diagonal Mirror, Space And Time In Photographing Hong Kong. The resulting work was published in an illustrated edititon (by Kehrer, Heidelberg, 2008) and in spring 2009 his large scale photo works have been exhibited at the Museum of Art in Mannheim. www.studiozeller.com

MANZ Margrit

Born in 1954 in Berlin, studies in drama, final thesis in theatre on the dramatist Berthold Brecht. Engagements at German theatres, and roles in films, TV series and radio plays. Co-founder and vice-chairman of the “literaturWERKstatt berlin”. Founder, art director and manager of the Literaturhaus Basel, the first to be established in Switzerland (until 2008). She published poetry and in 2003 Das Fremde im Auge des Fremden, Swiss Chinese cultural exchange. Since October 2008, concept and project management of Foodscape, a project as part of the exchange and cooperation programme, Swiss Chinese Cultural Explorations, of Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.