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The Anthropocene Spices : The Origin

What’s the taste of the Anthropocene?
Whatever the future will hold, let’s make it taste great.

Zane Cerpina and Stahl Stenslie presented their new edible intervention The Origin – the first set of The Anthropocene Spices. The Origin set lets you have a taste of some million years of history. 0-taste rice crackers will be served flavoured with three unique spices : RaptorDust (grounded, pulverized raptor tooth, 65 million years old), Xterra (powdered meteorite, 4+ billion years), CarbonLost (pulverized, carbonized forest, 100+ million years). The food performance is part of The Anthropocene Cookbook – Eating for Our Future Survival – an artistic research project investigating the future cuisine of humanity. To sustain the soon-to-be 9 billion global population -and many more- we cannot count on Mother Earth’s natural resources anymore. The project explores 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 and great tastes in times of dark-ecological catastrophes.

8th Inter-format Symposium on Rites and Terrabytes
Nida Art Colony, Nida, Lithuania
20-24th June, 2018

THE ANTHROPOCENE FEAST: COOKING THE LAST DRAGON

12.08.2017, Cesis Livonian Castle Garden, Cesis, Latvia.
The Anthropocene Feast connected the past and the future into one imaginary food experiment – cooking the last dragon on the Earth. The event aimed at provoking the visitors to reflect on how has our kitchen has changed due to the Anthropocene and fantasize on the food futures.

 

SPICES OF THE ANTHROPOCENE : THE ORIGIN

The Origin is the first set of The Spices of the Anthropocene. This edible intervention lets you have a taste of some million years of history. 0-taste rice crackers are served flavoured with three unique spices: CarbonLost (pulverized, petrified forest, 225 million years), RaptorDust (grounded, pulverized raptor tooth, 94-101 million years old), Xterra (powdered meteorite, 4+ billion years). The spices are prepared during the performance using custom-made tools to pulverize hard items.

 

MEAL-IN-A-PILL

The Meal-in-a-pill is a three course dinner consisting of three swallowable pills: the starter – energy pill (synthesized caffeine), the main dish – protein pill (insect infused powder) and desert – edible PLA microplastics coated with sweetened cellulose. The concept has taken inspiration from the classic staple of science fiction. The three course meal-in-a-pill was served during the visit to Vilnius Art Academy, Lithuania in 2017.

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Ant(i)Pasti

Ant(i)Pasti is a unique patė recipe created using the Baltic forest ants as the main ingredient. The recipe was developed in collaboration with a Latvian Chef Janis Sprogis and later served at a public tasting where fourty people tasted an insect for the first time. The Ant(i)Pasti has a distinct taste of lemon and lemon-grass, that is typical for european ants. Ants are diverse in taste, and depending on the chosen species different flavours such as popcorn, bacon can be achieved. The dish was developed as part of the Anthropocene Cookbook event series 2017.

 

EATING THE LAST DRAGON

THE ANTHROPOCENE FEAST: EATING THE LAST DRAGON

12.08.2017, Cesis Livonian Castle Garden, Cesis, Latvia.
The Anthropocene Feast connected the past and the future into one imaginary food experiment – cooking the last dragon on the Earth. The event aimed at provoking the visitors to reflect on how has our kitchen has changed due to the Anthropocene and fantasize on the food futures.