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Highlight of my cultural Sunday were the personal songs of Mondo Leone. Playing on his guitar he treated us with his short stories and trivial insights in his thoughts. Turning the small things of everyday life into preciously wrapped secrets with his humour.

One secret I dare reveal, so you’ll know why the news will one day mention inexplicable wearing of the rails between Utrecht and Den Bosch:

Hendrix Huisje from Mondoleone.nl.

Lots of other secrets are to be found on Leone’s website! With his songs in front of this small crowd, this performance was like a gathering around a bard who shared his oral knowledge gathered during his travels.

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Photo’s from Cultural Sunday photo gallery.

Other must haves that attracted attention by touring the city were:

  • the silent band (Stille Fanfare), who could have been more silent if they had eliminated the rhythm of their marching
  • the exuberant urban safari with their large trail of sightseeing tourists running to follow in their wake

Graduation project of Jihyun Ryou who regretted the loss of traditional knowledge about our food. We entrust the process of storing nutritional goods to the refrigerator, with devastating effects on the products. Retrieving instructions on how to store certain types of food best, she made this traditional oral knowledge visible again through these food racks.

Save food from the regrigerator - Jihyun Ryou

Five food racks to store fruits, spices, root vegetables, eggs, potatoes and apples.

These pictures of their fresh design alone already provide straightforward instructions on how to save your food from the fridge. Very insightful even without physically having them in your kitchen.

Still, two questions come up in my mind:

  • Is this clever solution not resolving the responsibility of keeping this knowledge to a device again (albeit much less black-boxed than the refrigerator)?
  • Would this new physical shape of traditional oral knowledge come to life in an active oral form, one that evaluates and re-shapes the old knowledge to new demands?
Fruitbowl with knowledge

Fruit in this fruit bowl stays fresh through humidity.

Read more on: Shaping traditional oral knowledge – Juhyun Ryou – 2009

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