People scenting memories from vials.
Bill Redmann, Pascal Forneri, Steve Villa, Eduardo Ramirez Jr.
Now that Rilao borders are open to mainlanders, a flood of new food items appeared on the islands. Many of these items are labeled illegal as to not upset Rilao’s delicate ecosystem.
Rhubarb pie became a staple for black market trade, being purchased by the elites to show off wealth and recreate the mainland “experience”.
Alina Levy, Iain Nash, and Trisha Williams
The project can be seen in an interactive manner at the link above.
The Stem community of the Red Highlands contains a high concentration of the indigenous Reitai people whose education system is story-based and led in circular groups by a storyteller. This cave-like playhouse built into the cliffside we discovered is carved with elaborate myth and teaching stories. Children dress in costumes with masks carved of muka wood and serve a meringue-like, sun-dried confection made of muka nuts and lulai berries as a final closing act of each play.
We found the recipe in ancient books as well as review of a performance from the 1930s.
Idea by Jericca Cleland; Execution by Ioana Badea, Robyn Baker, Erin Bradner + Tara McPherson.
Threatened by the sudden influx of outsiders, Rilaoan families spend increasing amounts of time in the Green Bite catacombs, returning to an ancient family ritual. The ritual celebrates the life of loved ones upon their death. Under Lao tradition, when a follower dies, the family makes desserts based on the deceased’s life. If the life was good, the desserts are sweet; a troubled life is celebrated with bitter desserts. The Law is that the truth must be told.
Trading Muka tree oil for sugar, the once-abandoned catacombs become transformed by elaborate constructions of chocolate and candies.
In this photographed tableau, the life of a child is celebrated in the form of a coffin made of candy and encrusted by various treats. A death mask at the head of the coffin captures the essential spirit of the beloved. Large posters of children playing surround the the coffin, to reflect on the happy times in the child’s brief life. At the end of the ritual, the dessert is handed out, and the body is given to the sea.
Emily Howard, Cory Rouse, Rory Fellowes, Andreas Kratky
Originally a side product of oil “mukulai pudding” was created for the sap of the Muka Tree. When boild and set for 12 hours coagulates into a pudding. Originally discovered in the Grey Eels District was produced in the black market and distributed to other districts as the plague Dr’s enjoyed the calming effects after their stressful procedures.
Recipe of Mukulai Pudding
Desserts, a convenient distraction proliferated by The Plague Doctors, were taken from Rilaoan elite and fed at increased variety and intensity to the public in the 1930s. Available freely at public playhouses, the Doctors who had smuggled them from the elites, are concerned that its mass consumption is elevating personal hedonism (pleasure) over Rilaoan unity.
Alana Barber, Tatsuya Kawauchi, Nicolas De Benoist
The lions of Rilao Zoo are fond of the leaves of the magic tree.
After a dinner of steak they are fed a few leaves to help digestion. Mercifully life in a cage is much improved by the hallucinogenic qualities of this valuable plant.
Originally penned by Nicolas de Benoist, drawing by Mark McKenna, additional word craft by Judith Crow with Christine Schreyer, Peter Rubin and Will Carey
DATE: APRIL 1, 1930
LOCATION: RILAO PLAYHOUSE SCHOOL #4
ARRESTING OFFICER: LAO, JOSEPH
REPORTED BY: MDME COELEDO (REPORTED TO BE A CHEF)
CRIME DESCRIPTION: A PLAGUE DOCTOR REPORTEDLY GAVE SCHOOL CHILDREN POISONED CANDY CALLED “DOCO BOLO”. A DOCTOR WAS ARRESTED WITH CANDIES IN HIS POCKETS WHICH TESTED POSITIVE FOR CAFFEINE AND SUGAR.
Alvise Simondetti, Michael Miller, Luke Noonan, Adam Sulzdorf-Liszkiewicz, Peter Marx