Energy Loss Cabinet 能量損失櫃

Energy Loss Cabinet, 2010
Packages of food, acrylic cabinet and wooden table
Dimension variable

“Look at adults while they are eating packaged foods” was one of my favorite activities in childhood. While opened food packages, there were repetitive foods arranged well inside. When adults had finished eating, food scrap was left in the corners of the packages. As a child, it was a small feast easily neglected.

In this efficiency-oriented city, instant and fast-food culture has already become a way of life. Most Hong Kong people lack time to enjoy life and establish values. When appreciation only occupy fleeting time, we are used to digest meanings in an instant way. It makes me feel that life is not valuable at all. If symbols of packaged foods represent fast-food culture, I would try to learn about how much value I could retain in it.

30 days between May and June in 2010, I only ate packaged food, at the same time turning packages’ internal parts outside and repackaging it. Fast food was no longer part of fast-food culture. Energy loss inside packages exposed and the loss was abolished. Then, the rest, the packages were the excess use of materials. Were they another intimation of energy loss?