This article addresses Chinese contemporary artist Song Dong's July 2009 edible installation-cum-performance at the former PaceWildenstein Gallery in New York City, in which he created landscapes out of foodstuffs. The landscapes alluded to penjing, an artistic practice of creating miniature sceneries using natural elements. Their accompanying inscriptions on the gallery walls, on the other hand, humorously appropriated colophons commonly attached to hanging scroll paintings. The installation departed from these traditional artistic forms, however, as the viewers literally consumed the landscapes. The corporeal implications of Song's work reference the body-centric performances of Tehching Hsieh and Zhang Huan, as well as the relational aesthetics events staged by Rirkrit Tiravanija, while Song's broader emphasis on ephemerality, drawn from Zen Buddhism, points to the transience of bodily needs and desires, even as he aims to fulfill them.

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