WORK > 2016 > To Flavour Our Tears

To Flavour Our Tears is an experimental restaurant that investigates the culinary properties of tears, and the culinary needs of insects and other eaters-of-humans.


Some species of moths and bees have evolved to land on mammalian eyelids (including humans) and drink our tears. In times of relentless human tragedy and environmental catastrophe, are we creating the perfect conditions for these tear-drinking insects to flourish? What do these insects want from our tears anyways?

Humans believe we have spent the last 10,000 years domesticating species of all sizes, shaping the planet in our image. Perhaps the tear-drinking insects have been domesticating us the entire time, and they are now ready to farm our tears more intensively. Should we be attempting to repel, attract or give thanks to those that dine on us?

‘To Flavour Our Tears’ is an experimental restaurant that investigates the culinary properties of tears, and the culinary needs of insects and other eaters-of-humans. How do you taste to the small organisms that consume parts of you everyday, and every last bit of you when you die? How can humans manipulate our bodies, diet & emotions to change our own flavour?

As new tools of microbiome research reveals the many micro-organisms that live in and on us, the human body will be increasingly seen as an ecosystem, zoo or hospital. This is your chance to think of your body as a restaurant, and start to cook and flavour yourself well.


This research was supported by and premiered at the Pixelache 2016 festival: Interfaces for Empathy.


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