Markus Wernli .Adventurous Upcrafting Ventures
Adventurous Upcrafting Ventures






Urine Fermentation, Generative Vulnerability, Radical Homemaking, Risky Collaborations, EID


Since 2015, the Research Institute of Organic Treasures (R.I.O.T.) has combined fermentation practices and social experimentation in Hong Kong to give biological byproducts from human and urban metabolisms a regenerative purpose. Here putrescible wastes emitted from our kitchens, toilets, and bodies are considered our most foundational design material that contributes to a “world of eaters” (DuPuis 2015). In this applied design work, the concept of upcycling is socio-materially extended into shared forms of upskilling, and therefore referred to as upcrafting. In an effort to combine practical outcomes with long-term welfare creation, R.I.O.T. brings together laypersons, natural scientists, and artists, into open-ended explorations of alternative knowledge and change making, or what Melanie DuPuis calls “extended peer communities” (ibid. 155).

How to Cite

Wernli, M. (2018). Adventurous Upcrafting Ventures. Cubic Journal, 1(1), 210–213.



Author Biography

Markus Wernli, Australian National University

Markus Wernli is a doctoral candidate at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research explores the bodily role of city dwellers in biochemical circulations. Markus' work takes inspiration from learning encounters found at eating design studio Proef of Marije Vogelzang in Amsterdam, practising Japanese tea ceremony with Imotosenke master Obana Ichiro in Kyoto, and impromptu composting school with ecologist David Freudenberger at the Australian National University in Canberra. In Hong Kong Markus is honing with fellow rooftop gardeners and plant enthusiasts the practice of ‘lazy farming’ on the impermeable clay soils of the Pearl River Delta.


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