Art project, Jingdezhen jiaozi / 艺术项目,景徳鎮餃子
With the latest modern technology, it is not difficult to manufacture thousands of identical objects. And it is true that such a technology sustains our societies today. However, it appears that as technology advances, fewer people are required. In another word, our daily lives are getting more convenient, but we might be getting less "human" than before…. However, many things have changed in our lives since COVID-19, and humanity as well as socio-cultural value appear to be more widely discussed in the field of art around the world. In a period when the world is not as safe and perfect as we thought, it may be important to observe our societies again and consider essential human happiness and vital notions through our traditional customs and local cultures.
Jiaozi is one of the most common foods in China. It is found even in the three-kingdom period (220–280 AD), and there are several variations in shapes, ingredients, and cooking styles. On Chinese New Year, the family gathers and makes jiaozi, which is a Chinese tradition. Every family has their own specialties when they make jiaozi. It is "family taste" that is "input" in his or her memory and can remind them of past events such as talking with a grandmother or eating jiaozi with relatives …… Jiaozi is a kind of memory device that recalls your past and evokes emotions.
In this project, porcelain jiaozi was made by people who come from all over China and live in or visit Jingdezhen. Jingdezhen is one of the important cities in the history of ceramics. A variety of ceramic technologies were invented, and prominent tableware was produced. Ceramics have been handcrafted since the ancient period, and thousands of people have worked in the ceramics industry for thousands of years. The porcelain Jiaozi was made with Jingdezhen kaolin clay and was shaped one by one with their hands, following its tradition.