Liz Ramos, Aaron Lammers, Tessa Eckert, Ivy Tran, Remi Leibovic, Cori Robinson
Our civilization discards copious amounts of plastic, which then contaminates our land, rivers, coasts, and beaches. Plastomach, a domestic farming system that consumes plastic while producing nutrient-rich fungi, views this waste product as a viable resource. The project proposes that every home should have a sculptural stomach that digests this debris and turns it into a food source for human consumption. That is why the slogan is: “Plastomach, home is where the plastic consuming domestic fungi is!”
Elizabeth Demaray builds listening stations for birds that play human music, cultures lichen on the sides of skyscrapers in New York City, and fabricates floraborgs, robotic supports that allow potted plants to freely navigate in a domestic environment. Demaray is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Arts and head of the sculpture concentration at Rutgers University, Camden where she teaches classes in sculpture, physical computing, art/sci collaboration, and eco-art. On the Rutgers New Brunswick campus, she is an advisor at the Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which is a platform for the artistic use of machine learning and computer vision. http://elizbethdemaray.org.