DIPLOMA 2017 I UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED ARTS I STUDIO ANAB JAIN
FEATURED BY DESIGN INDABA
Food, Menu, Table ware, Sheet, Napkins,
Tools to process a turtle,
Scientific Advisors and Experts:
Franz Essl (Umweltbundesamt)
Stefan Dullinger (Conservation Biology Uni Wien)
Gerald Oitzinger (Nationalpark Donauauen)
Rosemarie Parz-Gollner (Wildwirtsch. Boku)
Klaus Hackländer (Wildwirtschaft Boku)
Eduard Hochbichler (Forstwirtschaft Boku)
Johannes Gepp (Naturschutzbund)
Paul Moser (Hunter)
Invasive plants and animals are disrupting the balance of our local wildlife. Their increasing occurence is only one of the implications of the Anthropocene, the era human activity is changing our planets condition in a severe manner. Our behaviour of trade and mobility is mostly responsible for their introduction into unfamiliar habitats. Although the EU has already started addressing this issue, action is usually only taken in commercially relevant areas. It seems like natural conservation is too uneconomical, so long-term consequences are simply ignored.
Could we protect our native ecosystems by making the control of invasive species commercially viable? The obvious next step will be to integrate them into our economic cycle! Soup from the invasive Pond Slider Turtle, roasted Raccoon with shoots from Japanese Knotweed and Seed on cream from Himalayan Balsam appear on the menu of a near future.
This three course menu and the dining experience around it serve as playful and experiential medium for a broad audience to participate in the discussion about global ecological changes and our human role within it. The special dining setup enables consumers to experience the balancing and regulating effect their eating habits have on our ecosystems.
Do we have to change our paradigms of consumption if we want to protect what we consider to be our ‘pristine’ nature? Or is this only a late justification of our own ecological mess? Which role do our cultural imprints play in our ethical decision making? How do we even define ‘nature’ in the age of the Anthropocene?
And most important - HOW DO YOU KILL A TURTLE ETHICALLY? (6min read - german)
By eating and therefore reducing raccoon and japanese knotweed from your plate, other species, which are endangered by them, will appear on our plate and simultaneously again in our wild.
On the backside you can discover the stories about the rare and endangered species you are supporting.