My recipe for Plumpiñon collapses—in name and ingredient–the recently invented humanitarian aid food Plumpy’nut with the traditional starvation food Pinus edulis. In creating this substance I reinvest in local starvation foods and question the commodity chains that constitute humanitarian aid projects. Below, I weave together the stories and ingestions of Plumpiñon alongside those of starving populations in the Southwestern United States and Africa, my family and ancestors, explorers and survivalists, from Cabeza de Vaca to the Donner party. “Plumpiñon” recipe and essay forthcoming in Eben Kirksey (ed) The Multispecies Salon: Gleanings from a Para-Site, Duke University Press (2014).
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California, October 21 2011.
The Multispecies Picnic, Making, Meaning & Context: A Radical Reconsideration of Art’s Work, Goddard College, October 15 2011.
The Society for Cultural Anthroplogy Spring 2010 Meeting, “Natureculture: Entangled Relations of Multiplicity,” Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
“Invisible Ingredient,” group exhibition at Rock! Paper! Scissors! Oakland, California, USA, July 2009.