Preserve is a collaborative experimental film inspired by the food trend of gelatin-based dishes known as aspics. These dishes were made popular for their preservation methods, impressive sculptural possibilities, and ability to combat food waste. Our collection of aspics were created with kitchen staples, compost, and waste found around the house. Responding to the current increase in food costs and inflation, Preserve challenges viewers to reconsider their relationship to often overlooked cycles of capitalist consumption and waste. Filmed on a 5th-generation iPod Nano, Preserve turns to humor and macabre absurdity to re-imagine our relationship with items approaching obsolescence or in the process of decay.
Julia Wong is a Chinese diasporic arts and culture worker on the unceded lands of the Unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories.
Yasmine Whaley-Kalaora is an artist/writer/arts worker of mixed Turkish and settler-Canadian heritage living and working on the territories of the xwməθkwəýəm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ First Nations.