The awareness of human scale through the exchange of skills.
Finding alternative models of abstraction by opening up a two months living space in Budapest (HU).
With people teaching people we build more room for play, more tools of interaction and more space for understanding. Relationships are transformed by what and how we learn and teach: who knows how to climb, has a different relationship with height, wind and rock.
More than sharing practices, we invest on living. Life by itself is the only project that lasts beyond our human scale of time, we carry it as a continuation of our species perspective of this world, and we can contribute with what stays beyond us, by sharing what we know and being curious towards what we don’t.
Eating with consciousness is an act of unlearning. It is prevention, it is medicine to keep the equilibrium, to be less dependent on western medicine, to introduce plants with infinite intelligence: they know how to interact with the human ecosystem and bolster it exactly where it needs it. Peeling of the capitalized understanding of healthy lifestyles and expansive superfoods: what are the mundane, small, maybe overlooked practices, plants, herbs, foods which have these healing powers?
Unlearning if knowledge is provided, if information is disseminated: eating is one of the most policial acts as well, encompassing primordial questions of life: how are you nurtured, who nurtures who, who do you nurture, with what you are nurtured? who nurtures those who are left unnourished?
The accumulated interests on eating, on nutrients, on food as toxic, food as a socio-political material, food as spirit, food as emotion, food as dependence, food as escape, food as healing as prevention, food as a mediator, a cultural signifier, food as a community organizer.
These were the thoughts are in the intention appearing and driving the design of the home: the kitchen as a central element, where we perform a way of caring, by inviting love beings to join, follow, contribute, co-create and eventually eat and exchange in togetherness.
“If we can only accept help from corporations or institutions, we lose the skills and practices involved in asking for and offering help from people in our community.
Having relationships where our central resources are carefully shared is fundamentally intuitive to humans, a cooperative species. But like language, which must be learned, these practices are far from innate. They take energy, time and practice. Central resources include housing, money and our skilled labor. Sharing them requires lifelong practices of communication and negotiation.
Unfortunately, since sharing is so devalued in this society, we are led to believe that it’s easy or automatic. But when we do not actively practice sharing our resources we lose the muscles needed to do so, and we may even forget that this kind of hardcore interdependece is possible or desireable. Indeed, it can seem like a threat. Attention and care are also central resources and, while we all have the capacity to produce and receive them, it’s not automatic and requires practice and structure.” The Hologram, Cassie Thornton
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This is a COOK Zine but also an archive of the LIVING PROJECT.
Between December 2022 and January 2023 we cooked, learnt, teached, ate and invented ways of coming together to share personal practices, stories and fascinations. All that happened in Budapest Hungary, anchored by a nourishing space with food and books. Yes! we had a library by the kitchen, and this is why you will find through the zine some of our favorite quotes, as well as a few of the scores used during the project’s evenings.
Feel free to use this zine as a menu to instigate gatherings at your own home with your local community. As for cooking, get inspired by the recipes but feel free to change its format to your needs and the ingredients to your surroundings.
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Opening / is cooking 07 - 12 - 22
Spirits directives, circles, spark, moon shine. A ritual of intention setting, our first kitchen action with instructions channeled by the shaman Judit Hatfaludi and guided by Viki and Márcio.
This soundscape is from the Polar Bear exercise of talking with someone while hearing someone's talking to you.
To do that, place the name of all the participants on a bowl. Making two rounds, pick one name, this will be the person you will talk to. Place the name in the bowl again, once everybody have a name with whom they will speak. Then the second round, will give you the name of whom you need to listen to. Set a timer, for 3 to 5 minutes, and see what happens. Overlaps and unusual group formations can appear.
Read Eat 18. - 12 - 22
A poetry night, with writing practices, where everyone who come shared a writing, even if that was their supermarket list.
This sound impression is from an exercise where two people, one in each ear, whisper a text at the same time to a single person. the person who hear both texts at the same time, try to speak out loud any word they can understand to the rest of the group.
Sonic Blade 22 - 12 - 22
A conversation about image making, punk music and song writing with Gergely Ofner.
Appetite 08 - 01 - 23
Could mushrooms be loved? Collective writing practice + mana recovery of anachronistic objects with the support of white rot fungi with Csilla Hódi supported by fermented foods for microbiome care.
human body heat grown tempeh making followed by constellation work to investigate the relation between perennial, parasitic plants and their hosts: the mycelia - is there love in the exchange?
Read Eat 09 - 01 - 23
Concert, poetry and Gnocchi.
An evening with Music and “phonepoetry” by and with Bandi Meszerics.
Opening - Is Cooking 12 - 01 - 23
Digging flavors and roots from Georgia with.Anna Biczók, while nibbling the country’s fashion with Gyula Muskovics.
Unseen 13 - 01 - 23
Mending and repairing, an evening to talk about the social body, energetic topography of cities and the embodiment of landscapes through the work of Viktória Kaslik, Mor Demer and Manos Kotsaris.
Interview between Viki and Marcio 16 - 01 - 23
you can find a version of this talk in text at our COOKzine.
Living Project is an initiative from Viktória Kaslik and Márcio Kerber Canabarro, made it possible thanks to the support of Hodworks and everyones involved at the events: participants, guests, visitors, curious people, tasty minds, comfort company, hungry bodies, warm hearts and good food.