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E.T. Barbecue

The bad news is that Elliot was not able to rescue E.T. and ensure that he got back home.

The good news is that E.T. is delicious!

(Photos: Bengt Pettersson and Helga Steppan)

Eating E.T. is an occasional project by Terje Östling and Unsworn Industries, a design firm in Malmö, Sweden. They crafted an E.T. sculpture out of vegan-friendly foods and roasted it at the Exploring the Animal Turn symposium in Lund, Sweden in 2014. Later they made another E.T. and roasted him at the Foodycle festival in Helsinki, Finland. 

The purpose of the project, beyond eating good barbecue, is to explore how being human impacts ethical food choices:

What would it feel like to eat an alien? How can we dearly love and grieve some non-human species while accepting the industrialised slaughter of others? How can we cater to the needs of eaters who seek a surrogate for the sacrificial and ritual aspects of convivial, meat-based, barbecues? What are our ethical responsibilities towards fictional organisms?

You can see more photos here.

-via Nerdcore


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