Bioplastics Cookbook for Ritual Healing from Petrochemical Landscapes

Tiare Ribeaux / Oakland, CA, USA — Jan 8, 2019

Tiare Ribeaux, »Bioplastics Cookbook for Ritual Healing from Petrochemical Landscapes«, 2018, Planetary Glitch

The Bioplastics Cookbook for Ritual Healing from Petrochemical Landscapes refigures materials and methods for radically remaking the historically dominant petrochemically derived plastic materials that we use in our everyday lives. This online DIY recipe and storybook envisions tactics for reclaiming, rebuilding, and healing from the extractive and destructive processes of techno-capitalism by using renewable biological materials and open-sourcing these alternative processes, urging for a collective shift in our material relationships. The project is informed by the Additivist Cookbook by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, and Allahyari’s concept of »refiguring« as a decolonial practice.

This online book catalogues DIY protocols that can be done in homes or guerrilla kitchens to create bioplastics and materials from accessible and renewable ingredients such as agar agar, starch, glycerin, natural pigments, and food waste. These recipes and their results are documented online as text, photography, and video. Additionally, the Bioplastics Cookbook for Ritual Healing from Petrochemical Landscapes interweaves stories and images about materials and mythologies, such as the entanglements of plastiglomerate and the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele, and nonhuman species such as Larvaceans, who filter microplastics from our oceans.

The processes and forms in the cookbook aim to create a space for ritual healing from the trauma of the Extractocene (a term from artist Praba Pilar), while transforming the poisoning of earth into material rituals for rebirth and renewal.

Tiare Ribeaux

Tiare Ribeaux is a Hawaiian-American new media and interdisciplinary artist and curator based in the Bay Area. As an interdisciplinary artist, her work explores the entanglements of human technologies, biology, and infrastructures with mythologies, the environment, and microbial/nonhuman species. She is interested in living systems, deep/dark/media ecology, rhizomatic networks, speculative futures, multispecies and collaborative entanglements. She is the founder and artistic director of B4BEL4B gallery, cofounded REFRESH Art, Science, and Technology, curated the Soundwave ((7)) Biennial in 2016, and runs art-science workshops out of Counter Culture Labs. She has produced visual arts, new media, and performance arts events focused on radical inclusivity, and critical and cultural dialogue for more than five years.

She recently completed an international artist fellowship as part of the ZERO1 American Arts Incubator in Kiev, Ukraine, and has shown work both nationally and internationally, including Southern Exposure, the Museum of Capitalism, IZOLYATSIA, Transmediale, ISEA Hong Kong, and Tokyo Fashion Week. She has worked with the de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Fort Mason Center for the Arts, and the Oakland Museum of California, among others.

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