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It’s been a while since I’ve updated. But that’s because there’s just so much to do and too little time to blog about it. But here’s a photograph of a worm steak by two of the seven chefs I’m collaborating with for another project for The Apocalypse Project. I ate it. I ate it all! It came with weeds and mashed sweet potato.

I’m pescetarian, so this was a gray area (fish eat worms no?), but I call it Designer’s Responsibility, as I like to think of the seven-year-olds I often encounter during my projects and would like to make sure this is ok for mass consumption. Take one for the team, or for humanity.

Worms! Weeds! Waste! Oh la la!

Worms! Weeds! Waste! Oh la la!

It was more of a mental challenge, as I kept thinking of the worms and kept telling myself it was just meat. And then I remembered I’m pescetarian and don’t eat meat. It was incredibly tasty, though, and Chef Erik told me it was 82% protein.

Verdict: Green light! I can’t wait for people to try it. That’s not even the craziest part. Stay tuned here or at http://www.apocalypse.cc for what’s next.

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17 May 2014, Manila—Thanks, Cha-cha and Tara of the new Just4Kids show on GMA-7, another network here in the Philippines, for featuring The Apocalypse Project Imagined Futures at The Mind Museum.

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Writing poetry at The Planetary Poetry Board

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Cutest interviewers ever. (I also realized I’m way more comfortable talking with people younger than 12.)

May 14, Manila—Thanks, Atom Araullo, for featuring The Apocalypse Project on ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda, a morning show that airs in the Philippines. The link to the episode’s recording is here, or if you’re based outside the Philippines, here at The Filipino Channel. The clip is around the 6:20AM mark, with a segment about The Mind Museum.

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It’s the first Tagalog interview I’ve given in my life. You have no idea how much the museum staff are patting me on the back for this.

As part of The Apocalypse Project: Imagined Futures exhibition, questions about climate change are hidden in the exhibits of The Mind Museum. My goal was to recontextualize all of the museum—that is, after you see the Apocalypse exhibits, then visitors can see the current exhibits as representations of things that are under threat.

As I cannot be in the museum each day to handle hundreds of visitors, I am extremely happy and grateful for these people who now form the Manila crop of the Apocalypse Squad. The suits are looking really cool, you guys.

The Apocalypse Squad, Manila

The Apocalypse Squad, Manila

In addition to facilitating the scavenger hunt, they also get to lead participants to have an oath-taking ceremony, where they pledge to help the planet. They are then awarded an Apocalypse Project Commander Badge and are knighted. With a sword, of course.

Knighting people who have won the Mission Apocalypse scavenger hunt

Knighting people who have won the Mission Apocalypse scavenger hunt

Many thanks to the hundreds of people who have done the Mission Apocalypse scavenger hunt. The work is just beginning for me, and I needed a few days to rest. Tune in for more developments!

Top photo by Darwin Cayetano of Tracking Treasure, used with permission.

April 25, Manila—Mitzi Borromeo of Solar Nightly News interviewed me about The Apocalypse Project: Imagined Futures at The Mind Museum, and featured Climate Change Couture (Singapore and Manila), The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store, and the Apocalypse Commander Badge. I’ll post a link to the interview when it’s available. Scroll down for a link to the video.

Thanks so much to Lisa Nicandro of The Mind Museum for additional support!

With Mitzi Borromeo of Solar Nightly News

With Mitzi Borromeo of Solar Nightly News

with Mitzi Borromeo of Solar Nightly News

with Mitzi Borromeo of Solar Nightly News

The link to the video is here, somewhere past the 30′ mark:

Solar News filming The Apocalypse Project booth during Media Day last month

Solar News filming The Apocalypse Project booth during Media Day last month

Edit: An earlier link mistakenly linked to Solar Network News, instead of Solar Nightly News. Apologies to people who were confused (sheepish glance at SVA’s Communications person who emailed me). 

April 25, Taguig, Philippines—The Apocalypse Project: Imagined Futures is now open for your interactive sensory pleasure at The Mind Museum. I have five exhibits curated by the awesome Maribel Garcia, with the exhibition installation managed by Marge Arciaga, the museum’s assistant exhibition manager (and my former capoeira classmate).

Here are some quick photos of the exhibition:

The show is at the second floor, in the museum’s Technology Gallery.

The Apocalypse Project: Imagined Futures at The Mind Museum

The Apocalypse Project: Imagined Futures at The Mind Museum

Climate Change Couture, volume 2, Manila

Climate Change Couture: Volume 2, Manila

Climate Change Couture: Volume 2, Manila

The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store, a collaboration with Givaudan:

The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store, a collaboration by The Apocalypse Project and Givaudan

The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store, a collaboration by The Apocalypse Project and Givaudan

The Planetary Poetry Board, a collaboration with poets and my friends Alena Widows and Harriet Sandilands:

The Planetary Poetry Board: a collaboration between The Apocalypse Project and poets Alena Widows and Harriet Sandilands of The Poetry Machine

The Planetary Poetry Board: a collaboration between The Apocalypse Project and poets Alena Widows and Harriet Sandilands of The Poetry Machine

More documentation as well as images coming soon! In the meantime, a huge thank you to the museum staff—this was a brutal installation because there were so many exhibits to be installed in one night after the museum’s operating hours, but this was hands down the calmest and cheeriest installation I’ve had. Thank you for the help and for being game with everything!

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(22 March 2014, Manila)—Yesterday, I had a booth at The Mind Museum’s Media Day, where the museum celebrated their second birthday. In the second photo, you can see Maribel Garcia, curator of the museum, and Manny Blas, managing director of Bonifacio Foundation, Inc., speaking about their activities for the year, as well as talk about the museum’s accomplishments in the past two years, including winning the 2014 Thea Award in the Museum Exhibits category by the Themed Entertainment Association. Solar News presenter Mitzi Borromeo hosted the show. (Fun fact: She and I used to go to the same boxing class and just formally met yesterday.)

In the middle of other booths, where the museum’s Mind Movers (resident scientists and all-around awesome people) presented their own projects, I gave people a preview of the show that will open next month (NEXT MONTH! Ayayay.) I wore my Apocalypse suit, now upgraded with a Commander’s patch, and remixed some Climate Change Couture. When taking a break, I helped myself to some salted butter ice cream by Sebastian’s, and a tiramisu cup made to look like a plant by Kyle Imao of Kyle’s Lab.

The show is getting really close and I am freaking out. Only because I care.