The Flavor Genome, 2016
Vidéo 3D. 22 min.
Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
© Anicka Yi © Anicka Yi Fondation Louis Vuitton Work presented in partnership with with Solomon R. Guggenhem Museum, New York, 2018
This 3D film follows a journey to the Amazonian rainforest and secret laboratories of Brazil, analysing new relationships between human, plant, animal and molecular worlds, and investigating the mutations and hybridisation of species, foreseeing the possibility of artificially recreating every sensory experience.
The narrator, an aroma specialist, describes a drug derived from a mythical flower with miraculous properties that might produce empathy in humans, enabling them to know what is being felt by a pink river dolphin or an angry teenager. Through her work, Yi explores ways in which our senses are culturally conditioned. Blending elements of documentary, dream and bio-fiction, The Flavor Genome anticipates a renewal in the perception of nature influenced by new scientific and technological discoveries.