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Title: Adventurous upcrafting ventures
Authors: Wernli, M 
Issue Date: Apr-2018
Source: Cubic journal, Apr. 2018, v. 1, no. 1, p. 210-213
Abstract: Since 2015, the Research Institute of Organic Treasures (R.I.O.T.) has combined fermentation practices and social experimentation in Hong Kong to give biological byproducts from human and urban metabolisms a regenerative purpose. Here putrescible wastes emitted from our kitchens, toilets, and bodies are considered our most foundational design material that contributes to a “world of eaters” (DuPuis, 2015). In this applied design work, the concept of upcycling is socio-materially extended into shared forms of upskilling, and therefore referred to as upcrafting. In an effort to combine practical outcomes with long-term welfare creation, R.I.O.T. brings together laypersons, natural scientists, and artists, into open-ended explorations of alternative knowledge and change making, or what Melanie DuPuis calls “extended peer communities” (ibid: 155).
Keywords: Urine fermentation
Generative vulnerability
Radical homemaking
Risky collaborations
Publisher: Jap Sam Books
Journal: Cubic journal 
ISSN: 2589-7098
EISSN: 2589-7101
DOI: 10.31182/cubic.2018.1.013
Rights: Cubic Journal is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal. All journal content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). Work may be copied, shared and distributed when authors are properly accredited; this includes outlines of any work. Amendments to the original work needs to be shown. The licensor does not in any way endorse third party views or how journal content is used by others.
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