time traveling: yellow box


Dear reader, if you are in your twenties or even younger, this post is especially for you. So just lean back for a while and imagine the following scenario:

It’s a nice late summer afternoon, you’re a kid and you would like to see a friend to hang out with. Well, if he is living nearby, it’s easy. You jump into your favorite clothes and go over to meet him. Ring at his door, throw a little stone to his window or even morse him your secret code. If he is living on the other side of the city, well you would set a date and place to meet and … write him A POSTCARD. Patiently you were waiting for his answer, hoping he would confirm, ’cause if not that would take ANOTHER WEEK of correspondence.

Well, young folks, that was my life when I was a kid in the GDR in the 1980s (when friendships lasted longer, haha!) because I didn’t have a phone at home. And so did a lot of my friends. And if it wasn’t for reasons of emergency, I can tell you, NO ONE cared.

But in case my friend had a phone, of course it was much easier. I would go to a telephone box somewhere in my neighborhood with lots of coins in my pocket, secretly hoping that there was no line and people would keep it short and chew some minty-fresh gum while talking. It wasn’t comfortable at all, especially when it was cold and rainy.

So my time traveling experience last weekend kinda was a perfect one. It was also cold and rainy when I visited the art project Yellow Box curated by Kunsträume Leipzig e. V., an installation right in the middle of the city using 10 yellow telephone boxes. And if you walked by, you could listen to spoken word recordings (realized by Manuel G. Richter/Leaf Audio) of people talking about how the meaning and importance of having a phone influenced their lives (from not having a phone at all to private talking to monitoring and the very common annoying talks on a cell phone in public where you get to listen to things you actually don’t wanna know at all). After all it was an exhibition all about spreading information in our society today.

Though this project ended last weekend, I think it’s important to sometimes think about if it is really necessary to be available anywhere at any time.

In fact, I love getting hand-written postcards in my snail mail box. ;-)

claire cottrell: freunde von freunden mixtape


Freunde von Freunden Mixtape #58 by Claire Cottrell by Fvonf on Mixcloud

I love listening to the Freunde von Freunden mixes and this one I enjoyed a lot! It includes some surprising moments, e.g. a really nice version of “I’d rather go blind” (that I only knew in the 1990 version by Sidney Youngblood). Besides that Freunde von Freunden is one of my favorite blogs about artists and designers, about their work and lifestyle.

Have fun listening!

PS: If you like this one, you can listen to a lot more here.

how to eat a pumpkin: creamy soup and crispy slices

hokkaidosoup   pumpkinslices

Hi there, it’s pumpkin time, yeah! On one hand it’s sad that the summer is gone already, on the other hand… I love eating pumpkins, especially the hokkaido one. And so I prepare it a lot. This week I am starting with the recipes of the two pumpkin dishes I use to prepare on a regular base: creamy pumpkin soup and crispy slices (don’t wonder, it’s a before picture above).

You will need for the creamy pumpkin soup:

1 Hokkaido (middle size)

1 l veggie stock

1 onion

some fresh garlic, fresh rosemary, fresh parsley, old bread ;-)

100 ml (vegan) yogurt,

some olive oil, salt, pepper and chili to taste

And here is how to make the creamy pumpkin soup:

Wash the Hokkaido. Hokkaido is a great pumpkin, ’cause you can eat almost everything from it and you don’t have to peel it. Remove the cores and cut it into small slices or cubes. Heat some olive oil in a big pot, put in the peeled and sliced onion, garlic and rosemary. Let it fry a bit and then add the pumpkin slices. Sauté everything for about two minutes (make sure that it doesn’t burn) and add the veggie stock. Let everything cook for about 15 minutes, then blend it until it’s creamy. Add the yogurt, the salt, pepper and chili (as much as you want) and keep it warm on a low temperature while you prepare the parsley (just wash and cut it) and the bread (just roast it in a pan with some olive oil).

The crispy slices are the most easy thing to do if you are very hungry but don’t have much time for cooking.

You will need for the crispy pumpkin slices:

1 Hokkaido (middle size)

some fresh rosemary

some olive oil and salt

And here is how to make the crispy pumpkin slices:

Prepare the Hokkaido just like you did for the soup (washing, slicing, removing the cores). Then put the slices on a baking tray, sprinkle them with some olive oil, salt and fresh rosemary. Roast them on high temperature for about 15 minutes, then turn them around and roast the other side for about the same time. That’s easy, isn’t it?

PS: I also prepared potato slices (they have about the same cooking time) and made a (vegan) quark dip out of fresh herbs like parsley and dill, and cucumber.

PPS: You can also roast the pumpkin cores or save them for something else. ;-)