De-Extinction Dinner: Beijing highlights the emerging technologies, desires and risks of De-Extinction: a movement to revive, restore and possibly eat, extinct species.
It explores a future where extinct species are both revived and reheated, prototyping the ways they might be reared, cooked and paired with existing landscapes and ingredients. The work was installed in the exhibition Balcony for the Brave in Beijing, and shared stories of extinct, almost extinct, or (possibly) de-extinct species relevant to Chinese ecosystems.
Each visitor to the De-Extinction Dinner installation was challenged to imagine a world where humans continue to shape the abundance, distribution and existence of other species, asking what is the role de-extinction plays in planetary biodiversity? What is the motivation? What are the unintended consequences? How does it taste?