Specially Processed American Me by Jaime Sunwoo is a multidisciplinary performance using SPAM, the canned meat, to share memories of her Korean-American upbringing and her family's accounts of the Korean War. It investigates SPAM's legacy in the military, its significance in the Asia-Pacific, and its influence on Korean cuisine through a narrative collage of monologues, animation, soundscapes, sculpture, and cooking. Thrashing between absurd humor and sober tragedy, genuine affection and biting criticism, Specially Processed American Me is a thought-provoking exploration of one of America's most misunderstood foods.
In addition to performances, Specially Processed American Me holds food history and storytelling workshops over a communal SPAM meal. To learn more, see our Workshops and Performances pages and follow @speciallyprocessed on Facebook and Instagram.
For our latest performances and workshops, visit our Upcoming page.
Jaime Sunwoo (Creator, Artist) is a Korean American multidisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, New York. She combines video, audio, sculpture, and storytelling to create sensory performances in galleries, theaters, and public spaces. Her works are part playful, part tragic, and often examine food as a way to discuss identity, history, and death. She studied art at Yale University and is an alum of the Laundromat Project for socially engaged art. Her site-specific projects include The Creature at DUMBO Arts Festival, and interactive bar installation Earshot. She has collaborated with Whoop Dee Doo, and appeared on PBS's Art21. Her public works were presented by STooPS Art Crawl and Art in Odd Places. Her ongoing project Specially Processed American Me was shown at the FailSafe Festival, OYE! Avant Garde Festival at JACK, Asian American Arts Alliance, Gallery Madison Park, and Open Source Gallery. She is currently developing the project through Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Leviathan Lab. jaimesunwoo.com
Matt Chilton (Sound Designer, Composer) is a New York native musician and producer focused on building soundscapes from improvisations and unconventional sources. He performed original scoring on double bass in An Iliad at Atlas PAC in Washington DC, with Aya Aziz at NYMF and NYC Fringe Festival, and previously worked with Jaime Sunwoo on her domestic drama Household at Yale University. He studied composition, recording, and sound design with Paula Matthusen at Wesleyan University.