Mukbang (먹방) has taken on new significance within the context of COVID-19, where sharing food with our loved ones is no longer a viable love language. Disembodied in space, where do we go to experience these relationships and appease our affective desires? Co-directed by Curry Tian and Jasmine Lin, Mukbang Roller is a music video, staged in the form of a virtual dinner party, for the Taipei-based electronic artist Sonia Calico’s track that’s built around the audiovisual sensation of mukbang, taken from her debut album ‘Simulation of an Overloaded World’.

The video features three performance artists — Jaclyn Chu, Jenny Kwak, and Jasmine Lin (and their NUSI QUERO-rendered avatars). Together, they seek to satiate their ravenous appetites, ripe with hunger and desire for intimacy and cultural connection amidst a global pandemic. As the video progresses, the textures of live performance and virtual simulation begin to meld together. In this makeshift digital commensality, diasporic neitzens can remember their own bodies through the sensory act of eating.

In the spirit of a shared meal, the music video was grounded in a very collaborative process. Each performer worked with the key crew to conceptualize their own raw, unpasteurised food performance, grounded in these activation questions: What stories of migration/assimilation/tradition/grief does food carry? How can food be a time-traveling device or a full-bodied experience?  How can the intimacies and textures of both food and live performance be translated in the digital realm?

Premiere on NOWNESS ASIA
Featured on Mixmag Asia

Directed by Jasmine Lin 林思穎 & Curry Tian
Produced by Xixian Wang
Director of Photography & Colorist: Scott Smith
Co-producer & Assistant Director: Sarah Hyunji Park  
Production Design by Mochii Mengqing Yuan 袁夢晴
Edited by Reggie Yijuan Zhao  
Executive Producers: Dante Jiayu Liu 刘家雨, Jesse Guzman, Rick Ramirez  
Performers: Jaclyn Chu, Jenny Kwak, Jasmine Lin
Costume Designer & Stylist: Xiyu Lin 林熹雨  
3D Artist & Additional Costume Designer: Nusi Quero
Gaffer & 1st AC: Siwei Li  
Covid Compliance Officer: Dante Jiayu Liu
BTS Photographer: Ryan Kevin  
Label: More Time Records  
Camera Support: Old Fast Glass
Location: Thrift Shop Studios
Special Thanks to: Peter Lai