Made by mealworms and me

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Made by mealworms and me is a speculative scenario about combining waste and food. The scenario is based on 2 premises: 1; mealworms are able to eat and digest Styrofoam and 2; we are able to safely eat these mealworms. How would a production cycle based on this system look like? Made by mealworms and me explores this topic with the public by presenting them a two part installation where this scenario is played out, it’s implications explored and in the end eaten.

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The first part shows mealworms eating through waste packaging donated by stores or consumers. During thirty days the mealworms munch on the Styrofoam like mad and create beautiful anti-shapes. The packaging could be re-used as a sculpture or part of a functional object or could be entirely disposed of by the worms.

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The second part harvests the gluttonous mealworms and prepares them to be turned into a food product. By cleansing their intestines with a diet of slaw and tomato they are safe to be consumed by humans. After two days of dieting they are crushed into burgers ready to be consumed by sinful humans.

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Each burger represents 165 grams of polystyrene digested. We are now able to digest our own waste and turn it in something which nature can again use as a resource.IMG_2035

Cool shapes as abstractions or ghost images of the products they held.

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The Boeteburger (Sinburger).

 

The life cycle of the mealworm.

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