Transaction / Translation

Lai-I-Chern – Transaction / Translation
10th Taipei Biennial “Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future”
Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, 2016

“The two-year-long project Transaction / Translation is an attempt to preserve myself within society. Trying to leave a trace of me on the planet, trying to keep myself existing as long as possible, trying to prove that I ever existed, trying to make myself a reference of the present.[…] I develop my work in the context of monetary circulation in Taiwan, using one-hundred NTD (New Taiwan Dollar) notes as a medium for self-preservation. I always start with baking 24 breads conserving my labour, translating the breads into money by selling them for 100 NTD each and using the notes for further exchanges.

Read more about her work here.



BBB Johannes Deimling – BREAD or ALIVE

film (images from his former performances)-  2004
with: with Silja Saarepuu, Villu Plink, Gabriele Avanzinel
location: Germany
duration: 9:27

“… The Film describes in a surreal way our relation to the simple but important thing: Bread. The artist includes in this film images from his former performances, mixed them with new elements and sounds. The result is a film, that points with humor and strong images on the banal and ordinary nourishment and puts it into the center. … ”    (Dr. Eduard Fried)




text from the artist’s website.

See the video here.

Bread wrapped with money

Mladen Stilinović – Works with food

object  –  1978 -2009,
artist born in Belgrade. Lives in Zagreb
exhibition: 11’th International Istambul Biennial

“Since the mid-1970s, Mladen Stilinović has developed artistic strategies using ‘poor’ materials. His works are simple in their execution and engage with such subjects as pain, poverty, death, power and the language of repression, as ongoing and mutually connected conditions. Usually the title is inscribed into the work itself, for example, in a series dealing with food: Geometry for the poor, Cabbage, Borecole, Potato, Bean, Leek, Corn, Cakes, I bite myself, I devour myself, Eat yourself, Bite yourself and Charge, cakes!” – text source

money wrapped bread
photo credit: Estefán Arnold