Taking viral recipe videos from the Facebook page ‘Tasty’ as a starting point, Seki reflects on the Internet as a powerful and potent form of the archive that has potential for democracy and diversity. For this project at The Physics Room library, Lana Lopesi has reworked a format used to circulate Western (or Westernised) recipes, incorporating Indigenous knowledge types from Samoan culture. Seki includes an e-publication and two ‘Tasty’ style videos.
Seki is the fourth of six interrelated projects taking place in The Physics Room library in 2016. This series explores language, communication and distribution, responding to the library as social and political mechanism and a catalyst for certain networks and knowledge economies.
Lana Lopesi is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Auckland, New Zealand with an interest in social practice and print media. Lana’s work often explores the various issues for diaspora and Indigenous communities with an interest in the cultural exchange that occurs via migration. Lana’s writing has featured in publications in print and online including Art New Zealand, she is also a regular contributor to Pantograph Punch and E-Tangata. Lana is the co-founder and editor of #500words, a website which publishes critical discourse on art and culture.