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︎Idea Furnace
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FOK FOK








“Untitled (Mukbang set up)”
2019
Medium: Glass, fabric
Hand blown two-tone glass cups with glass casted chicken wings and drumsticks.





FokFok is a multi-part project examining the commercialized cultural products of the Thai restaurant franchise PokPok (pokpokrestaurants.com) through fake merchandise, an Instagram bot committing cultural theft, and a faux reality TV show to address consumption, copyright, the fantasy of the cultural “Other,” and the neocolonial gaze disguised as multiculturalism.









“Ike's Vietnamese Fish Sauce Limbs (Spicy or Regular Available) - Half twelve fresh whole natural chicken limbs marinated in Asian fish sauce and sugar, deeply fried, coated in caramelized fish sauce and garlic, and served with pickled vegetables. Our Signature Platter! As seen on "Diners and Drive-ins"”
2019






FokFok began with creating copycat branding on merchandise such as t-shirts, umbrellas, and factory-milling press releases, email newsletters, product descriptions, and menus by plugging them into a Thesaurus App. It then expanded into a multimedia project incorporating a faux reality TV and an automated Instagram bot committing cultural theft. This holy trinity of faux reality TV, social media, and merchandise becomes a feedback loop mimicking the mechanisms of late capitalism.

FokFokTV uses a camera and mic with anthropomorphic attachments and OpenBroadcaster Software(OBS) to livestream on Facebook & Youtube. The show is a combination of Mukbang, ASMR and celebrity-chef TV styles which venture into the “Other’s” culture to claim “authenticity” and gain capital. Viewers are engrossed in overindulgence of “exotic,” “foriegn” food (lobsters, corporation-sponsored sneakers-shaped cakes). Meanwhile, ASMR usage produces visceral sensations, translating my consumption of the “Other” into an immersive soundscape wherein the viewer hypnotically (re)consumes.

FokFokBot searches for users interacting with certain hashtags and accounts, then engages in commenting, following, and reposting. Users develop false perceptions of FokFok as a generic food account, following and tagging their own images of Thai food. This links to the faux reality food channel influencing social media algorithms and driving consumers to purchase FokFok merchandise.

FokFok is a trojan horse, a glitch, a new perspective of diaspora work. It uses humor to mask societal interrogation through disneyfying cultural artifacts, while engaging the issues of digital/global/fantasy/cultural identity, the invisible racialized labor of performative hospitality, litigation, appropriation, and self-orientalization for visibility.







“FokFokBot”
2017-present

Medium: Instagram, Instagram Bot & Algorithm


FokFok appropriates appropriations using bot automation to steal content and audienceship. Data (right) shows where new followers are coming from, such as PokPok LA.
(Also, yes, there is an Indonesian restaurant called PokPok and the robot picked up someone selling nails using the hashtag #pokpok)









Title: Fok Fok Tees & Fok Fok TV Promos
Medium: 100% cotton t-shirt and digital graphics
Year: 2017-now

Various promos and 100% cotton t-shirt






Medium: Glass
Year: 2019

Info: Created during the residency at the Pittsburgh Glass Center through the Idea Furnace Grant for non-glass artists.









(Mukbang Live)

@ Labor Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute ︎Santa Fe, New Mexico



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In January & February 2020, I was invited to the 2020 Labor Residency as a Labor Fellow at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. There I developed a live ASMR Mukbang performance for Platform: Engaging the Ethics of Production and Consumption, which is a series of events that aims to “bridge art and social engagement with interactive works and participatory experiences co-created by SFAI staff and artists-in-residence.”





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