The Cyclical Matters Collective spent last Tuesday morning talking bioplastic vessels, algae-based polymers, and creative research methodologies for pandemic collaboration. In conversation with lab director Alice Jarry, chemist Yves Gélinas, and the entire Critical Materiality class, this research-creation team walked—and cooked!—us through their method for making agar bioplastic tableware.
They explored how to modify the recipe depending on how rigid or flexible you want the material to be, how different agar brands can change your final result and may greatly alter cooking time, and how to incorporate natural dyes into your design. The Critical Materiality students even showed off some of their results from previous bioplastic experiments.
In case you missed it, click here to watch the Live Cooking Show and Conversation on YouTube. To learn more about the collective and find their tutorials, go to the Sympoïétiques platform.