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Creating New Food Systems ETH WFS 2015

“This is letterpress, this is rare, this is tradition”

We could see West Berlin. We also could see the soldiers. Directly there I could see on the 9th of November, when the wall was falling down. I could see it from the printing shop. When the wall was falling down I lost my first job. They cancelled in 1990 the contracts of the young employees.

New heroes … New masculinities …

Cheese is Made by People

They insisted that I must taste, not just look. And further showing their love for the cheese with annoyance when I wouldn’t eat the rind.

“Many fights, and many kisses” lifetime tables by MBzwo

"We try to keep the distance between the customer and the workshop as short as possible...These are objects that I want to be used. And it should be used hard. That's what they're made for...Buying a table takes a long time. It takes months....Most of these people are buying the last table for their life...For me it would be a success if the grandchildren still like the table.

The Future should be Durable

These demonstrations are found by his own research, conversations with product engineers, and through Germany's network of 300 repair cafés, where participants find the same problems over and over, and take products apart to understand what has gone wrong.

The Future should be Durable

Interview with Stefan Schridde, founder of the Murks Center against planned obsolescence. Murks means "botch", or "bad work". "Products designed with planned obsolescence don't meet the needs of the society." He sees cheap consumer goods as "lonely" and the alternative is a "durable" future.

Zagreus art/dinner

Introduction to Street Protest, Blockupy Workshop in preparation for Frankfurt ECB 2015

1. Why Street Protest • a fundamental right and contribution to democracy is to express our dissent • collective manifestation of dissent creates news, encourages others, threatens elites • the way to win (reforms) is to raise the costs of the current way of doing things until it becomes in the interests of the elites to do it our way • threat/promise to take over

René Talmon L’Armée

... Barricaded for months under a scaffolding, René elevated the humble scaffold bars with gold foil adornments. At Christmas, he leached the romance of the store into the street, bejeweling the sidewalk with a pendant of mistletoe.

Protest Institute: From ideology to ideas, from social movement to social change: a biography, a case study, a dinner party

"You have presented things I have never seen in the same chain of meanings."

The mechanics of the struggle for hegemony: a case study of Local Food (at RLS)

Lecture to the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, 5 February 2015.

Why are the San Francisco street protests so robust? Interview with San Francisco Magazine

Historical evidence insists that oppression on its own does not produce social movement reaction. In places with little culture of resistance, there will be little social movement reaction to social problems, or occasional outbursts may not be sustained. San Francisco has had, regularly and recently over the last decades, a series of effective and sustained street manifestations, so there are people, organizations, networks, systems, etc. to make the next ones bigger and more robust.

The Sound on the Napkin

I have a vision in my head and arrogantly I feel like it's fully formed, but through mistakes, working with your medium, you move, it reacts, you attack it, it responds. It's like you're discovering what the guitar is meant to be, rather than manipulating it to your will. And that is a magical process.

The Grounds (groundless) Sydney, review

Sweetness

Being around food is the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It’s instinctive to me. I want to talk about it. I enjoy sugar as a material, I can express in lots and lots of different ways.

Food Sovereignty as a Social Movement (at Sydney Environment Institute)

So what is the cosmology of food sovereignty? Food is a community, not a commodity… But how do we turn this idea into culture? Alberto Melucci explains how it is that we create culture… through creating new spaces, identities, meanings, identities, commitments….

Alternatives to the Global Food System

Lecture to "Plants and the Environment" course, University of Sydney, 7 October 2014.

Lech Wałȩsa and craft labor

His explanation of his strategic capacities is "I am an electrician." This reminds me of Matthew Crawford's painstaking work on the "cognitive riches" of trade labour. (Summary here.) Crawford's point is that trade work is satisfying. Wałȩsa's point is that it is also a form of analytic training.

Annotated bibliography for The Political Economy of Food course at World Food Systems Summer School, 2014

Bibliography with notes about readings mentioned in the lecture. Alternatives need to focus not just on innovating, but on decommodifying and building community.