Eataipei is a series of immersive culinary performances. It took place at Tent London in September 2015, introducing Taipei as the World Design Capital in 2016 through a innovative presentation of food design and selected contemporary Taiwanese design.
Eataipei offered tasting sessions of five dishes curated by designer Shikai Tseng and architect Rain Wu, and created by chef Chung-Ho Tsai, within Tent London's Country Showcases presentation, providing a taster - both literally and metaphorically - of what is to come next year when Taipei holds the honorary title of World Design Capital 2016. In anticipation of this exciting event, Eataipei explored "the best kept secret of Asia" during London Design Festival 2015, showing Taipei as a modern city with deep and diverse histories, inspiring natural contrasts, vibrant commerce and spectacular architecture.
DISH 1: MIXTURE OF THE PAST
The past residents of this island, the Indigenous communities, the Spanish, Dutch, British, Japanese, Chinese and American, the war lords, the businessmen, all of these from different countries left their footprint on the island and have contributed to the elements that form the multi-cultural Taipei of today.
DISH 2: THE LAND SURROUNDED BY THE MOUNTAINS AND THE SEA
Volcanoes, basins, rivers, plains, oceans and beaches surround Taipei. Within minutes tom the centre of Taipei, you can be in the mountains enjoying a view of the city, or deep in the forest, exploring nature, or you can arrive at the beach and sink your toes into the sands of the north coast. The city is closely integrated with nature and Taipeians spend their free time hiking, surfing and exploring the natural environment.
DISH 3: TAIPEIAN
Taipeians inherited the friendliness of the Taiwanese; they are harmonious, humble and hospitable. At the same time, they are efficient and tough, with urban postures to protect themselves. Although Taipeians are rather conservative with their morals, they embrace foreign cultures and like to try new things. They are not afraid of change; rather they will appropriate the new and make it their own.
DISH 4: SING
Living in a city can be challenging, so Taipeians find ways to balance their stress levels. People dance to shake off their emotions, people eat to satiate their bodies, and people drink to let their minds run free. Above all, people sing! They sing to convey feelings, to gather spirits, and to celebrate special occasions.
DISH 5: TOWARDS A SWEET FUTURE
Today, people are connected with each other in multiple ways and are able to instantaneously access knowledge from around the world.
On a global scale, open source information enables makers to build on each other’s strengths. On a local scale, civil participation and social design aim to empower people by bringing communities together to make a positive change to society.