Jiwon Woo, CEO and Creative Director of hypha design, investigates art, design, life sciences and the technologies in between across generations and cultures. She researches new biologically designed materials and processes, believing that living things within the human body are critical keys to better understand ourselves across places, and times. She challenges narrow assumptions and preconceptions in different disciplines.
Mother’s Hand Taste serves to explore the complex relationships between intangible cultural heritage, microbiology, immigration, and notions of a ‘transient self’. By analysing the hand yeast of multi-generational family members across four global locations, its effects on the taste of fermented food can be examined. ‘Hand taste’ unveils, through artistic and scientific means, the origins, authenticity, and preservation of cultural heritage.