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Do you drink at openings?

A short interview with Naoko Wowsugi about wine and a zine. 
Do you drink at openings?
Why not? I go to openings sometimes. When I go, I drink wine or bubbly water. Some drinks like PBR make my joints hurt. Do you know why?
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You recently have been trying to learn more about wine. How is that going?
I enjoy tasting wine. I am training my tongue to get the subtle differences of white wines. To be honest, my tongue is wasting all good wine since I have not cultivated my senses. I text Mr. Baguette to ask for good wine suggestions... I should have a natural wine mentor who knows biodynamic, as well. I am interested in learning about biodynamic farming. I have volunteered at an organic farm for [D.C. nonprofit] Bread for the City for a while. They have used a biodynamic method there. It was very interesting coz they believe if you talk to strawberries, they get sweeter. I would talk to wine to make it tastier. Could Domestique help me to find my natural wine mentor for me? Tell them I am vaccinated.
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One thing you are reading right now?
I am reading a Japanese book "Saibai Shokubutsu To Nōkō No Kigen (The Origin of Botany and Horticulture)" by Sasuke Nakao, Japanese botanist. This book talks about how horticulture is the root of all creative culture. This book is as inspirational as "The One-Straw Revolution" by Masanobu Fukuoka.
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What was the inspiration for your zine?
"Empathy Zone" was originally planned to have on-site group exhibitions in both Beijing and D.C. in 2020. Once COVID-19 entered our realities, we had to shift the project into a virtual format. We held virtual space for ongoing, in-depth conversations among four artists from Beijing: Li Linlin, Duan Shaofeng, Ye Su, and Yin Yadi as well as four artists from D.C.: Sobia Ahmad, Antonio McAfee, Joseph Orzal, and myself. Despite the travel ban, twelve-hour time difference, and language barriers, this project facilitated the artists making genuine connections on a human level and creatively collaborating to represent the globe as a large “Empathy Zone." This bilingual zine brought our online experience and exchange into a physical publication. The project was produced by majority Asians; this past week has been difficult for many AAPI peoples, as well as the rest of America so we hope this zine will foster the spirit of solidarity and harmony amongst all races and cultures.
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