Waiting for full moon
October 7, 2010, 5:23 pm
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The next event is in its planning phase. A trip to the venue has been made, and a suitable place found (only need the permission yet). Some pre-information: the event will take place on the island of Seurasaari on Friday, 22.10.2010, the day of full moon. Since waiting for the moon to become full is a slow but unstoppable process, I do not really need a calendar any more. Instead, I only have to check out the sky to see how much time is left for organizing,. Sort of like it. Even though my window is getting blocked more and more by the growing construction site on the other side of our flat. :(

The upcoming event is the third out of five steps of the production process: the preparation of the raw material. In industrial terms, one might speak of food processing, which has a somewhat negative connotation.  Food processing takes raw food as material through lots of different treatments to achieve consumer products with a long shelf-life and good transportation characteristics. Depending on the context, the word process sounds very positive to me – at least when I think of this project and the relevance of different processes to it. In the end, even a process can be a result, even if it is part of a cycle and continuously changing.

Soon, there will be a Facebook-invitation for the event via the 5-Facebook-page (yeah, it has its own page! Click here to get there!), where people can sign up and invite their friends via their online networks. I tagged this post with some new tags that will play a role for the event… So, stay tuned (and watch the moon)!


Art education students visit Kalasatama
September 12, 2010, 5:47 pm
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On Friday, 10th of Sept., I visited from early in the morning until later in the afternoon an art education seminar held by my final work’s tutor lecturer Cathérine Kuebel and professor Pirkko Pohjakallio. The day started off with a lecture held by Cathérine about public space in cities and environmental art projects, followed by her presentation of the Public School Helsinki, where she herself is quite actively organizing interesting projects (Dinosaur drawing and Spectres of Helsinki). After a short coffee break, Inari from dodo came to present dodo’s organization. Also quite thrilling! After her presentation and some discussion time, everybody left to get on their way to Kalasatama, where I was going to present the 5-project and the oven workshop. Quickly, I started a fire to get Archie heated up in time, while the teachers and students would discuss a text about counter culture. It was nice to have to finally wrap up all the material that I had gathered during the past months with two workshops and one happening, and to present it to interested art education students and get some feedback. Thank you all for listening again, and especially for the nice notes about your dreams! :) (I distributed some questionnaires about people’s dreams, aspirations, visions, about life, art, and their work future, which was a pre-research of sorts for the next happening 2/5. And I received very nice answers…

Afterwards, we finished the long day all brainwashed with baking rieska in the oven, and everybody seemed to enjoy it very much. Me included!

Set up of the presentation

Some discussion about culture going on!

Well, it turned out to be too light with the doors open, so we just all squeezed into the container.

And got wild with poetry and rieska baking afterwards.

Event 1
September 5, 2010, 9:45 pm
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The first event out of the 5-food event series just took place. About 20 people gathered in this experimental rieska workshop on a Sunday afternoon at Kalasatama and created all sorts of rieska – from really thin barley rieska over small thick delicious potato rieska, on cabbage leaves baked oat “röpörieska”, aronia berry-filled and potato-filled rieska, forestal porrige rieska, to beer-butter rieska (which tasted like croissants!) – people didn’t stop being creative! Wow!

Check out another hundreds of pics here.

Thanks to Aki Arjola from Maatilatori for the genorous sponsoring of the nice flours!! They are produced by miller Pekka Nikkilää , who earned last year’s title for making the best organic flour of Finland! Jam!

And, of course, thanks to all the participants for coming, the big interest, and creating those beautiful pieces of… art?

Reminder: First event 1/5 this sunday afternoon, 3-6 pm, at kalasatama’s oven!
September 3, 2010, 2:16 pm
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Looking out of the window today, and spending time outside gathering firewood and things for the first official event weekend around the cob oven at Kalasatama, one might not believe there is any hope for even one single sunray left. But there is! http://foreca.fi/Finland/Helsinki

And here again the link to the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113585698695682

So get prepared to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon outside, baking Finnish flat bread (Rieska) together with Helsinkians, in the urban cob oven “Archie” at the container square at Kalasatama. The afternoon starts early with firing up the oven, so that around 3 pm we can start together to mix ingredients and bake the first bread experiments in the oven. Be prepared for some surprises!

archie under fire
August 29, 2010, 11:10 pm
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And it works!!! :D :D :D

Tonight, we had our first pizza baked in the cob oven! It was just incredible! The firing took around 3-4 hrs, with a first experiment at 175 degrees and a second firing after which the oven reached a temperature of about 250 degrees and just made one tasty crunchy but juicy pizza after the other! We had a wheat sourdough and topped it with ingredients everyone brought, with some veggies harvested from the dodo-garden which had really nice flavours. As tools we used a used oven peel that was donated to us by my dear neighbours (Big Mama, thanks so much!), with the help of a saw (you shouldn’t let the dough suck in the tomato sauce for too long, otherwise you have difficulties getting the pizza off the peel). The wood was found in the surroundings and brought by Anna from her parents place. Valtteri built a beautiful oven door, which makes Archie almost complete, since a bunch of people built an impressive roof for him on Saturday to protect him from the upcoming (winter?) season.

The pizza was enjoyed in a little pop-up park (grass mats left over from the Flow festival), under the shadow of a carrot tree (carrots grow on trees, right?). Everyone went home with a warm and full stomach, some sand between the teeth, and the aromatic smell of burnt wood in the clothes. What a night. More to come! :)

For more pictures, visit: http://picasaweb.google.com/105277324473045859094/FirstPizza#

1/5: FERTILIZE – First event scheduled!
August 26, 2010, 7:33 am
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Article in Kirkko & Kaupunki
August 25, 2010, 6:17 am
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Archie’s blog: stadinuuni.blogspot.com
August 24, 2010, 2:47 pm
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Finally, it is possible to make reservations for Archie on his personal blog online! The calendar is still under construction, but working somehow! Check it out here: http://stadinuuni.blogspot.com/