The Anthropocene Cookbook: Eating for Our Survival

“The Anthropocene Cookbook: Eating for Our Survival” 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, lectures 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.




The Anthropocene Cookbook Opening Party

14.07.2017, 18:00-21:00, Rucka Artist Residency, Cesis

In the program: introduction to the artists and project, presentation “Post-Catastrophe Dishes” and food performance including Crisis Menu, Anthropocene Specials and Body as a Restaurant.


Food Utopias and Dystopias

08.08.2017, 18:00-21:00, Rucka Artist Residency, Cesis

In the program: presentation “Food Utopias and Dystopias” and food performance including Fake Foodies, Future Junk Food, Tech Snacks and Space meals.


The Anthropocene Feast: Cooking the Last Dragon

12.08.2017, 18:00-23:00, Cesis Livonian Castle Garden, Cesis

In the program: presentation “Fantastic Cuisine” and food performance “Cooking the Last Dragon”. This event will connect the past and the future into one imaginary food experiment – cooking the last dragon on the Earth. This will be realized through creating an edible replica of a human size dragon, grilled on a live fire. The event aims at provoking the visitors to reflect on how has our kitchen has changed due to the Anthropocene and fantasize on the food futures.

Project authors Zane Cerpina  (LV/ NO) and Stahl Stenslie (NO) are guests of Rucka Artist Residency programme 2016 -2017 . Project has been carried out during their stay at Rucka Artist Residency with financial support of Nordic-Baltic Mobility programme Culture and Cesis Culture and Tourism Centre.

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 –

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 soundspaces, 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 –


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