PHOEBE Mann has a bizarre shopping list. Thirty kilograms of rice, 50 packages of instant noodles, six tomatoes, two bags of live minnows and 33 condoms. Food, pleasure, sex and guilt are the themes Ms Mann touches on in I Eat Therefore I Am, an exhibit of mixed media sculpture the artist is creating for Fringe Festival 94. Food has always been a source of comfort, minds Ms Mann, ''and conflict''. The 24-year-old fine arts graduate from Chinese University loves to eat. ''Sometimes I really have to be disciplined. Or else I eat too much. Then I feel guilty.'' She's not alone. She believes many women have a love-hate affair with food. ''Eating is a source of warmth, something that connects people socially. When I wanted to please my [former] boyfriend, I used to cook a special meal. ''When I am sad or lonesome, eating gives me pleasure. But then society tells women we must be thin. So food, like sex, produces good and bad feelings.'' Ms Mann realised how important everyday staples such as rice and noodles were when she toured Europe in 1990. ''I didn't have much money, so I ate lots of tinned food. I wanted rice and noodles, things I love and eat everyday in Hong Kong, but I had no way to cook them.'' Restaurant food was out of her budget. Memories of those hungry days inspires her sculpture. Rice Bed echoes the appeal of going to bed and the escape dreaming provides. For this, she covered a regular-size bed and pillow with rice. Fish Noodles recalls a dream where Ms Mann was creeping through tunnels. She designs by stuffing a small chest of drawers with 50 packs of instant noodles, each studded with dried fish. In the bottom of one draw swim live fish. ''Finding the right type of noodles wasn't easy,'' she recalls. ''I tried many brands but ended up giving them to my brother to eat. They weren't the right size, colour and shape.'' A brand from Thailand answered her criteria. What looks like a rope of garlic is a string of condoms filled with rice, it's her way of combining several pleasures. And those fresh tomatoes, studded with diamond earrings? I Eat Therefore I Am opens next Monday at the First Institute of Art & Design (HK), 1-9 Lin Fa Kung East Street, Causeway Bay. It runs to February 4. CELLULOID sustenance? Catch an early dinner and go to the movies for dessert. The Gourmet Cinema series continues this evening at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe is playing at 7.30pm today and Saturday; Babette's Feast (Jan 28/30); The Cook, The Thief, The Wife and Her Lover is on January 30. And that ode to erotic stock and ramen, Juzo Itami's Tampopo January 29/31. For tickets and show-times call the Arts Centre on 877 1000. WALTER Glore isn't complaining. ''This cold spell is good for business,'' effused the Swiss-born chef, who just kicked off a promotion of his country's food at Faces. Before Mr Glore, those in search of melted cheese had to trek over to Kowloon to get their fondue fix. Not for the next few weeks. He resists the trendy fondues (anyone for pesto or seafood or white chocolate?) and sticks to the classic. His is cheese fondue, Freiburg-style. ''Most fondues use three cheeses: gruyere, appenzell and vacheron. In this style we don't use appenzell.'' The result is a milder, less sharp taste. On a recent Saturday evening business was brisk. He sold 20 orders. ''I didn't plan this weather, honest.'' Fondue (for two) is $140 each. A selection of Swiss wines and a special Swiss menu is available. The promotion runs until March 15. EXPERIENCE Hong Kong 1994. Sounds like a neon-lit Harbour tour excursion or worse, a bus trip. But, sorry. It's a dining directory designed to save diners money, expand their culinary horizons and support local charities. A pretty lofty goal, but creator Eamon Egan insists it's working. The book contains 2-for-1 coupons for over 80 participating restaurants, and entitles the bearer to a complimentary main course, when another main is ordered. The 115 coupons are valid until December 31, 1994. The book ($300) is only available through charitable and non-profit groups as a fund-raiser. Among the participating organisations and charities are Friends of the Earth, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Kely Support Group and Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care. Copies are also available through St John's Cathedral Bookstore on Garden Road, Central. For more information contact: Eamon Egan, Experience Publications Ltd, Tel: 527 3187. Fax: 865 2031.