The Anthropocene Cookbook is an artistic research project investigating the future cuisine of humanity. To sustain the soon-to-be 9 billion global population we cannot count on Mother Earth’s resources anymore. The project investigates the most innovative and speculative ideas about new foods within the field of arts, design, science & technology. The project rethinks our eating traditions, challenges food taboos and proposes new recipes for survival in times of dark-ecological catastrophes. This takes form of public food experiments, cooking performances and discussion evenings. The culmination of the project is an Anthropocene Feast in the Cesis Livonian castle where the public will be invited to eat the last dragon on the earth.
Humans have been cultivating animals and plants for more than 10000 years. But we can no longer live of mother Earth’s resources the same way as we did before. With the presence of the new geological epoch – the Anthropocene (The Age of Man), it becomes evident that “the ecological catastrophe has already happened” (Morton). We have to adjust now if we want to survive. The important question for our near future is how to feed the soon-to-be 9 billion population. What will the future generations have to eat but the left-overs of today?
The Anthropocene Cookbook project takes form as practice based research through organized public food experiments, discussion events with local audience and presentations by invited guest artists. The target group is everybody and anyone interested in the experimental field of the food of the future. Each event focuses on specific part of the research, such as diets of invasive species, crisis meals, fake foods, future junk food, super foods etc.The culmination is a final feast of the Anthropocene with a performance of cooking the last dragon on the earth The project will later be published as The Anthropocene Cookbook.