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The Flavor Genome
(and other notes)
April 29–May 24, 2020
“Flavor chemists are illusionists. We can create flavors that mimic the taste and smell of virtually anything. Strawberry and vanilla flavors can be extracted from the gland in a beaver’s backside. Indoles are present in feces. At low concentrations this compound smells like flowers. Imagine if you could taste a multitude of chemical personas.”––The Flavor Genome, Anicka Yi
Available for a limited time on our website, this newly rendered 2D presentation of The Flavor Genome is optimized for home viewing. Watch the film and read through a selection of texts and notes from Yi’s ongoing research into assembled ecologies and bio-technological entanglement.
First shown at the Fridericianum in 2016 as a part of her solo exhibition “Jungle Stripe,” and then at the Whitney Biennial in 2017, The Flavor Genome follows a flavor chemist in dream-like pursuit of an elusive plant with purported sense-altering properties in the Amazon rain forests.
To see additional works and installation images from “Jungle Stripe” at the Fridericianum, visit their site here. The exhibition booklet, which features a transcript of the film, can be found here.