Architecture / Workshop / Teaching  –  Grosser Garten, Gerswalde, 2020

BAKING FUTURES V

Baking Futures was first conceived in 2019 for the Making Futures School and carried out as a 2-week workshop. Baking Futures deals with the values of collective, practical action both in professional practice and in everyday private life. The concept combines the collective building of a bread oven out of clay with the experience of preparing simple meals with original materials; in combination with “real” home-grown sourdough. The construction of pounded clay and the preparation of food are carried out slowly, consciously and performatively, together with discussions about everyday rituals and practices.

 

As an open construction site and food laboratory, we invite participants to constructive moments to help each other, learn, share, relax, digest, ferment and reflect.

The fireplace has been at the centre of communication and exchange ever since humans first started gathering, cooking and sharing food around it. Yet nowadays, it has been widely abandoned, hidden or transformed within fast-paced contemporary lifestyles. Beyond the primary functions of feeding hungry stomachs and providing heat, its value ranges from the ability to connect people and support constructive dialogue, to providing a sensual and archaic experience of material transformation.

Today, such values are substituted by global and industrial market offering, obscuring ones more basic needs such as simple and healthy nutrition behind artificially planted cravings which continuously change alongside global trends. Bread constitutes a basic but diversified staple of most culture’s culinary traditions but is today one of the most underrated and exploited products on the market.

Team: David Moritz, Johanna Dehio, Frederic Erdl

Images by David Moritz, Johanna Dehio, Constanze Flamme.