“A field-based Blade Runner future of insectivorous farming” Niell Overton, Realtime
Insecta Delecta, is a sensory exploration towards an insectivorous future.
Cat Jones creates an edible vivarium from recipes for assimilation…and all that frass*! With ‘exotic ingredients’ by chef Soon Lee Low.
*frass: 1. to feast, to devour (like an animal) 2. insecta ejectamenta
Presented deep in the cattle & sheep farming country of the Riverina, Insecta Delecta responds to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s 2013 appeal to promote entomophagy (eating insects) and address the future of food security in a global population boom.
Jones immerses audiences in a darkly humourous intervention that challenges Western diets, speculates on culinary and cultural futures and creates a commentary around capitalist commodification and industrialisation for the purpose of sustainability.
Jones’ research and practice in making Insecta Delecta includes entomology, animal husbandry, nutrition, cultural histories, social habits, cognitive behavior psychology, nutrition and gastronomy.
In making Insecta Delecta, Jones acknowledges and pays respect to the cultural practices of traditional custodians and the complex systems of sustainable ecology embedded within traditional cultures. Insecta Delecta premiered in Wiradjuri country at the beginning of the Bogong season, close to a migratory pathway.
Commissioned by The Wired Lab, creators of landscape scale art, for the agri(culture) project, a series of events exploring the rural vernacular, ancient and emerging agricultural systems, curated by Sarah Last.
Premiere 21 October 2017, the agri(culture) project, Wired Open Day, Muttama NSW
Artist Cat Jones
Chef Soon Lee Low
Sound Tom Hogan
Performers Cat Jones and Tom Hogan
The agric(ulture) project artists include Cat Jones with Insecta Delecta; Field Theory with Kids vs Art; Julie Vulcan with DARKbodies; Chris Watson (UK) with Sanctuary; Tamara Dean with The Edge; Dave Burraston with Grain Silo Meditation Tones; Harriet Goodall with the Wiradjuri Grasslands Weaving and Tanning project; Bron Batton with Onstage Dating; and The Ronalds, Dave Burraston and Sarah Last with Beggan Beggan.
agri(culture) has been funded by the federal government through the Australia Council for the arts, its arts funding and advisory body; Festivals Australia; and Create NSW.
Insecta Delecta special thanks to Robert Blackburn at Macleay Museum, Paul Weston and Mark Greco at Charles Sturt University, Tom Hogan, Julie Vulcan, Anna Schoo, Dave Burraston, Sarah Last, John Hurst, Cate Hull, Teik Kim Pok, Kayla Shephard at Something Wild; Sky Blackburn at Edible Bug Shop, Eddie and Sharon at Butterfly Adventures and many others.