吃飯 New York
By Sandy Tan & Claudia Marina
吃飯 (HEK-FAN) New York is a series of video essays that follows the format of an abecedary, documenting personal stories of food and culture between a pair of friends.
In creating this video essay project, we decided to publish it on TikTok and use the parameters of an abecedary to guide our creative process. It is an evolving project between two collaborators, each taking a letter of the alphabet and interpreting it with a story of their own. First, we devised different word associations for each letter of the alphabet and brainstormed unexpected narratives we could tell. Then, we independently shot and edited footage and came together to give notes before publishing it on TikTok.
Sandy Tan is a senior in high school with a strong interest in the intersection between creative writing and technology. She believes technology and writing are not only tools for self-expression but also mediums for change. She is involved in various all-womxn computer science communities, engaging in projects that address low voter turnout in the United States and the gender gap in STEM. Her goal is to inspire more young womxn to find their place in the world of technology. In her spare time, Sandy loves baking with her older sisters, reading and painting.
Claudia Marina is a design writer and editor based in New York. She teaches at Parsons School of Design and writes at the intersection of design and cultural criticism.