Made by mealworms and me

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Made by mealworms and me is a speculative scenario about combining waste and food in one production cycle. 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. Made by mealworms and me explores this topic in a two part installation where this scenario is played out, it’s implications explored and in the end eaten.

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The life cycle of the mealworm.

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 shapes reminiscent to coral. 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.

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The Boeteburger (Sinburger).

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Ghost images of the products they once held.

Read all about it in the Kunst & Stad magazine.

This project has been started with the help of House of Design.