Should humans try to make a permanent home in outer space? If so, what are they going to eat? This workshop asks participants to reflect on life in space and vote on whether or not humans can take off the Earth while also creating off-planet settlements. In order to do so, we will re-enact the first salad grown and eaten on the International Space Station, and become space seed savers.
Together we will invent a real-life interactive game based on the “alien” species, the signal crayfish that is taking over Latvian river and lake ecosystems. We will make costumes and props and formulate a physical game onsite in which local species and fishermen “battle” to protect their ecosystem from the signal crayfish. Or will the signal crayfish win and then become cannibals? The workshop also includes presentation with local biologist as well as testing potential crayfish dishes cooked up by a chef. Would you like to try a Signal Crayfish in Chilli Chocolate Sauce?
In this exciting workshop, participants created unique works of art in collaboration with an organism from another species – the oyster mushroom. The children used used clothes to create a new, eco-friendly street fashion. Experimenting with various DIY textile products and mushroom cultivation techniques, the result was clothing that, after the workshop was taken over and transformed by oyster mushrooms. Each participant took home their unique clothing-art piece to grow oyster mushrooms over the next four weeks.
In this workshop, children and youth transformed their visions of the future into magnificent art pieces on porcelain plates. This creative process allowed the participants to express which gardening secrets they think are important to pass on to the next generations. At the end of the workshop, each participant took home their own future plate.
Anthropocene Kitchen (Stahl Stenslie and Zane Cerpina), together with workshop participants, created fantastic visions of future food using the artificial intelligence program Midjourney. The participants visualized what pizza might look like in the near and distant future. Meanwhile, the chefs Ēriks Dreibants and Justīne Kalēja from the restaurant “Pavāru Māja” helped the youth to turn their ideas into delicious pizzas.
Should humans try to make a permanent home in outer space? If so, what are they going to eat? This workshop asks participants to reflect on life in space and vote on whether or not humans can take off the Earth while also creating off-planet settlements. Using a combination of interactive polls, tasting experiments and satellite spotting this workshop help us ask, is there festivity in outer space? What will space meals taste like, and what should be grown? What makes the good life on Earth or in space?
Do you believe in aliens? Many people are obsessed with stories of alien encounters and the search for alien life. However, there can also be plant and animal aliens which take over ecosystems and environments. In this workshop, we focused on the Signal Crayfish – an aquatic “alien” species invading the lakes and rivers in Latvia, and made our own alien, crayfish costumes. We plotted a potential meeting of aliens to plan ecological takeovers and the possibility of eventual cannibalistic outcomes.
Do you have friends that are not human? Chances are you have a lot more of them than what you think! In this workshop we got to know some of the organisms that we can become friends with and collaborate together. We questioned who is in control of this friendship, weather it is humans or our friends. By working together we got to know yeast a lot better, and we made an oozing art installation with the help of our new friend – yeast, which as it turns out is actually a very old friend of humankind!
We embarked on a spectacular journey into the world of future foods! In our online workshop, with the assistance of artificial intelligence, we envisioned the most extraordinary meals for the future. From unicorn dust to dragon meat, and creatures never before seen, we visualized the wonderful meals that could be part of a utopian future. Utilizing AI, we speculated, imagined, and pictured these foods together.