Promession® Dormitorium by Aude Pariset consists of three customised beds that have been transformed into vitrines for living worms. The beds have been arranged to emulate a furniture showroom. Each piece reflects current home decor trends and has been selected in relation to the three stages of pre-adult human development: infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Within each vitrine, a specific type of worm digests a particular plastic material. The project has been influenced by scientific discoveries revealed in 2015 and the resulting radical environmental implications: A variety of common worm can safely degrade polystyrene into usable organic matter.
The phases of life for both inanimate and living matter, including birth and death, make for a recurring element in Pariset’s practice. Whilst encompassing photography, installation, and sculpture, Pariset frequently incorporates digital elements as well as organic material, including seaweed, live mealworms, and homemade bio-plastic. Recent projects have dealt with questions surrounding sustainability and waste management in the catastrophic era of the Anthropocene.