Nearness and revealing : The edible veil of the sensible being.
Pytel, Andrzej & Lindquist, Marissa (2012) Nearness and revealing : The edible veil of the sensible being. In Zampollo, Francesca & Smith, Chris (Eds.) International Conference on Design Food and Designing for Food, London Metropolitan University, London, London Metropolitan University, London, pp. 414-421.
Taking cues from the fragility and grace enfolded within Asian cuisine, this paper explores recent experimentation of an edible rice paper veil. The veil fashions a 'secondary skin', what Jeffery Schnapp the author of 'The Fabric of Modern Times', calls an "object for prosthetic shelf extension...bearing a uniquely intimate and direct relation to the human body" (Schnapp, 1997:197). The process reveals a layered material mutable to moisture and humidity, changing its elastic state in relation to body and surroundings. The moving, breathing, sweating surface of the body further modifies both veil and bodily experience drawing forth deeper emotional responses. The implications here offer a reciprocal affect, a revealing, where new materiality evokes the threshold to a new sensible being, one aware of the depth of material consciousness and inter-corporeal engagement, and which extends the relations between thinking and being of Heidegger and Shklovsky's seminal works.
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