The presentation “The Anthropocene Cookbook: Food Utopias and Dystopias”

Artist talk and tasting by Zane Cerpina and Stahl Stenslie “The Anthropocene Cookbook: Food Utopias and Dystopias”

The artists Zane Cerpina (NO/LV) and Stahl Stenslie (NO) will give an artist talk on 20th of November at 5pm. The presentation “The Anthropocene Cookbook: Food Utopias and Dystopias” will took place at food and design lab (Maironio st. 3, 325 room, Vilnius).

The artists ask how does food look from a perspective of a post-ecological catastrophe? 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?

Zane Cerpina and Stahl Stenslie will present their ongoing research project “The Anthropocene Cookbook: Eating for Our Future Survival”, 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 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. What will the future generations have to eat but the left-overs of today? What is the favorite recipe in 50 years? What about a “meal in a pill”: a global meal to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? That is one of the many food utopias and dystopias that we might be experiencing in the future. The audience will be introduced to a broad range of research topics, from “Crisis Menu” to “Anthropocene Specials”, exploring the new spices of the anthropocene such as microplastics, radiation, pollution and more.

The lecture will present both edible and drinkable examples.

Artists will come to Vilnius after the research residency at the VAA Nida Art Colony, where they will participate in the 8th Inter-format Symposium on the shortest night’s weekend (20th-24th of July 2018). The artists are invited by the Inter-PAGAN network which transcribes as “Inter & Pan-disciplinary Arts & Grounded Anthropocene Network” and was launched by Nida Art Colony together with 8 partners. The network aims to develop shared understanding, competence in practice, research & pedagogy about where localized cultural heritage traditions meets contemporary art, music, new media, heritage-craft & politics in Northern Europe.


Zane Cerpina is Oslo based artist working within emerging media, focusing on the themes of the Anthropocene, environmental awareness, ecological criticism, interactive technologies and embodied experiences.

Stahl Stenslie works as an artist, curator and researcher specializing in experimental media art, interactive experiences and disruptive technologies. 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.