Bioplastic Cookbook for Ritual Healing from Petrochemical Landscapes

Tiare Ribeaux

This cookbook 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 open-sourcing alternative processes that use using renewable biological materials, urging for a collective shift in our material relationships.

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 listed below in the tiles. Here you can also find interwoven stories about nonhuman species who filter or break down plastics, or mythologies entangled with them.

This project is informed by the Additivist Cookbook by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, and Allahyari's concept of »refiguring« as a decolonial practice.

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.

This project was awarded with a web residency by Akademie Schloss Solitude and ZKM | Center for Art and Media for »Planetary Glitch« curated by Mary Maggic.

It was also presented as a workshop at the REFRESH Art, Science and Technology Conference at the Knockdown Center in NYC.