Chinese X Jewish cultures
Sugar, rubber stamp
Size Dimensions variable
Bread AND freedom
The Hebrew people have escaped to freedom in the wilderness only to find that there is no food or water in the desert; they complain and with nostalgia recall the food they ate in Egypt as slaves. God responds that God will provide food from heaven, the “manna”, as much as each person needs.
Bread OR freedom?
What if the manna were to have been showered in the land of Hong Kong? What do we get from “heaven”?
People do not live to eat; they eat to live (living with freedom). Living is not only eating, but also realising the fruits of life and labour, which is possible only with freedom.
In this work, I attempt to contemplate “manna” in the form of sets of codes showered by the government in order to achieve an ordered social system. The authority may see its laws as a unilateral benevolence to the people in order to maintain daily livelihood (bread), however, whether its people share the same views truly depends on the content and context of the situation. People need a channel to express their views in order to weave agreements, social or legislative, that work for the benefit of all (freedom).
180 sugar coated red rubber stamps (with diameters from 10mm to 40mm) to symbolise manna will be spread on the ground. There is no design on the stamps thus encouraging the audience to fill in the blanks and to project their own ideal sets of codes and values.
逃離埃及的希伯來人雖然重獲自由，卻發現沙漠中沒有糧水，天天抱怨沒得溫飽，甚至懷念在埃及作為奴隸吃的食物。上帝回應將根據每人的需要天降甘露 — 瑪納。