MICROCULTURES

Kalenić pijaca

13. 10. 2011 08:00

13 - 19 October/8 am - 2 pm every day in the Kalenić open-air market

 

13 - 19 October
8 am - 2 pm every day in the Kalenić open-air market
(The stand where the project is to be held will be placed near the kiosk selling phyllo dough, in the open-air market alley leading from Maksima Gorkog Street to the entrance to the market in Njegoševa Street.)

21 - 27 October
8 am - 2 pm every day in the open-air market in Leskovac

Aviv Kuglanski, Vahida Ramujkić and Moshe Robas invite you to use local and international recipes to make pickled cucumbers, mixed salad, Bulgarian candy, chilli peppers, sauerkraut, kefir, pickled bell peppers, boza, fermented lentil pancakes and various other new and unexpected combinations.
"Come and join us in fomenting fresh produce coming straight from the open-air market. If you have spare jars, feel free to bring us as many as you can and you will take home delicious food preserved for winter that you will relish nibbling throughout long cold winter days. Join us in carrying out the millennia-old experiment that involves always new and unpredictable collaboration with micro-organisms in the air!"
Additional information about previous activities on the Microcultures project can be found at: http://bbva.irational.org/microcultures/.
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Throughout October, a group of artists, namely, Aviv Kuglanski, Vahida Ramujkić and Moshe Robas will be holding food fermentation workshops in select locations in Belgrade and Leskovac, as part of the Crossroads East West debate series of the Engine Room Europe project. All interested individuals are invited to participate in the exchange of knowledge and experiences about food fermentation, as well as in the conversations and debates that will accompany the exchanges and degustations.

"A funny thing happens during the fermentation process. A monocellular organism, way below the threshold of human site, meets another, as if by pure chance. This encounter creates a reaction, which results in growth. Slowly, more and more micro-organisms join, bubbling and interacting, until finally reaching a critical mass, which is when the media they are in is transformed in a visible way. The result is flavour and nutrition. These micro-organisms are different from one place to the next, creating different flavours and textures locally (the same fermented cabbage will taste differently in different climates). This local particularity on one hand, and the interaction where a process that seems insignificant grows, bubbles up and becomes visible, on the other, form the basis of our project. this metamorphosis can be applied socially. Any social action, or an idea, meets another, and little by little, while growing in volume and presence, they start generating a social and a cultural wealth. This logic, of life that is in constant movement and change, can be found in this project on all levels (culinary, conceptual and social).

Air is also very important during the processes of food fermentation. This is also true for social processes. Space and free-time, the leisure to experiment and play are both perceived as luxuries in current day society. In reality they are essential for the creation of ideas and resources that help confront social challenges and economic crises. That is why we will take on an attitude of openness during the course of the project, expecting participants to surprise us with initiatives that bubble up from these spaces of cooking and debating."

The guest visit of these artists belongs to the Crossroads East West intercultural dialogue programme, implemented as part of Engine Room Europe, a three-year project focusing on independent cultural workers and their field of activity. The main aim of the project is to enhance the capacity and sustainability of independent culture in Europe.
The project is carried out with the financial support of the EU Culture 2007-2013 programme. It also received the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia.
The MICROCULTURES project is supported by the Open-Air Markets of the City of Belgrade and the town of Leskovac and Leskovac Resource Centre.