Zane Cerpina (Norway/Latvia) is Oslo based artist working within emerging media, focusing on the themes of the Anthropocene, environmental awareness, ecological criticism, interactive technologies and embodied experiences. She is educated in Art and Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark. She has recently presented her works and taken part in such international venues as ISEA (CA, HK), Dark Ecology (NO/RU), STRAND (RS), Bodily Matters Conference (UK). In 2016 she was an artist in residence at V2, Institute for Unstable Media in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She works as creative manager at PNEK (Production Network for Electronic Art, Norway) and an editor and designer at EE Experimental Emerging Art Norway – online and printed magazine. Read more about the artist – www.bezane.net
Stahl Stenslie (Norway) works as an artist, curator and researcher specializing in experimental media art, interactive experiences and disruptive technologies. His artworks challenge ordinary ways of perceiving the world. Through his practice he asks the questions we tend to avoid – or where the answers lie in the shadows of existence. Keywords of his practice are somaesthetics, unstable media, transgression and numinousness. The technological focus in his works is on the art of the recently possible – such as i) panhaptic communication on Smartphones, ii) somatic and immersive sound spaces, and iii) open source, disruptive design for disruptive technologies such as low cost 3D print of functional and lethal art-weaponry. He has a PhD on Touch and Technologies from The School of Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway. Currently he is teaching and researching as a professor in Art & Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark. Read more about the artist – www.stenslie.net
During residency artists Zane Cerpina (Latvia/Norway) and Stahl Stenslie (Norway) were working on their ongoing research project “The Anthropocene Cookbook: Eating for Our Future Survival”, investigating the future cuisine of humanity. With the presence of new geological epoch-the Anthropocene (The Age of Man), it becomes evident that „the ecological catastrophe has already happened” (Tim 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.
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 in times of dark-ecological catastrophes. The artists ask how does food look from a perspective of a post-ecological catastrophe?
What will the future generations have to eat but the left-overs of today ? Should we eat insect based food? Or nanotechnological nutritions? What about food printers for cooking? Or using genetic technologies to grow beef in-vitro in the lab? How can we prepare for indoor based farming? And how to turn such foods into something socially accepted and eaten on a daily basis, not just as a something exceptional or taboo’ish. How can insect based food become an everyday thing, such as Junk Food Insect Burgers for the Future?
More about ongoing project please read in website: www.anthropocenecookbook.com
Project took form of public food experiments, lectures and discussion evenings. The culmination of the project was an Anthropocene Feast in the Cesis Livonian castle where the public was invited to eat the last dragon on the earth.