Build a collective mourning ritual through taste

Michele Chu & Sudhee Liao, How to Build a Multisensory Grieving Ritual, Workshop at HART Haus, Hong Kong, 2021. Film still by Arman Dzidzovic.

Date:  Saturday, 3 February 2024
Time:  14:00 – 17:00
Location:  Delfina Foundation
Tickets:  Free. Fully booked.
Access information:  Please refer to this page

How do the processes of eating and digesting unlock feelings of loss in our body?

Join our artist-in-residence Michele Chu and collaborator Barney Pau for an afternoon exploring collective mourning through food, in which participants are invited to craft and share mourning rituals.

This workshop will open with a short welcome and introduction, followed by an introduction of tools that Michele and Barney developed to build a collective mourning ritual. Participants in this workshop will work in groups to build their own grieving ritual by connecting emotions to tastes and textures, whilst thinking about their desired emotional outcomes for the workshop. At the end, participants will share with the group their food-based mourning rituals.

Through this experimental workshop, participants will be encouraged to think about how the foods they eat might help them renegotiate their approach to grief, and write their own rituals of loss.

Participants are invited to come with an idea of what grief means to them and what their grief language is. Workshop materials will be provided. Please wear/bring attire that you’re comfortable getting messy in.


Michele Chu is an artist from Hong Kong, whose practice engages with intimacy and ritual, exploring what makes us human. Her works probe and disrupt unwritten social rules and invisible boundaries across diverse cultural contexts and seek to create spaces and situations to create moments of deep emotional closeness with the self/other/collective through street interventions, participatory installations, sculptures, and performances.

Barney Pau is a London-based creative working at the confluence of food, writing, and art, whose practice examines queering consumption, food futures, urban ecopiracy, and resistance through foraging and fermenting. He believes that food, in its ubiquity, is a medium of communication that can transcend language, and uses it in his practice to translate the social and ecological critical theory his research undertakes.


This event is now fully booked.

If you would like to join this workshop please email (subject line: Gastronomic Grieving) to book. The event is free and open to all.


Michele’s residency at Delfina Foundation is supported by M Art Foundation, with additional support from Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons.