Nicole Siggins and I have started an art collective called disco snail! This year we made a short film, Resist Tanz which got into two film festivals in Germany (the Hamburg International Short Film Festival and the Braunschweig International Film Festival), and Ridiculous Love, an installation interactive art project. All our projects will be listed on discosnail.com, posted on our disco_snail instagram, and eventually posted here too! Read More
Love is often ridiculous. This participatory art project invites you to share your experiences of how ridiculous love is for you.
Here’s a time lapse video of our installation in September at the Volkspark Friedrichshain in Berlin:
Read about our process below the jump:
A short film by Nicole Siggins and Adina Bogert-O’Brien, March 2017
In an ever tumultuous world, these resistors dance their erratic, playful and furious dance. They are at war, they are fighting, they long to be free. They escape their confines, resist, and are dragged back into slavery. They move, they combat, they dance. They are spiky and strong. They are up against each other. Their conflict becomes a dance. Today is the time to resist, take action, and use the magnetic forces that exist to let yourself dance free in resistance. Resist Tanz.
- Selected for the 33rd Hamburg International Short Film Festival(June 2017)
- Selected for the 31st Braunschweig International Short FilmFestival (October 2017)
Read more for information about how we made the film.
Here’s a recipe I’m using for freezer bag cooking while camping. The principle is to pack dehydrated meals in freezer bags, then at camp just boil water, let rehydrate and eat.
I don’t have a dehydrator, but I do have a convection oven which seems to work pretty well.
One of my favourite quick dinners at home is lentils, spinach, and some starch with chili oil. I wanted to reproduce this on the trail. Unfortunately it seems that dehydrating spinach is a pain, but kale works very well! It’s also the right season for kale here in north Germany, so I bought myself a 1 kg bag of kale and dehydrated it in my convection oven. It takes about half an hour with the oven set to 75 Celsius and the door propped open.
- 30 g dehydrated lentils (was about 1c cooked lentils)
- Handfuls of dehydrated kale – I added about 7g
- 30g rice noodles
- 15 mL chili oil (I love this stuff and have taken to using it on everything!)
- pinch of salt
Note about the lentils: I’m not 100% sure whether they were fully dehydrated, though the weight seems reasonable. I need to do more tests to make sure that I got all the moisture I should out. Another thing I’d like to try is using raw red lentils. They only need 5-10 minutes to cook, which could mean that they’ll work just fine for freezer bag cooking without the long steps of cooking then dehydrating.
Throw the dry ingredients into a freezer bag, and pack a small bottle of chili oil:
Go hiking! When you’re ready for dinner, boil up some water.
Add chili oil to taste (I like about 15 mL – 2 level large spoonfuls) and about 2 cups boiling water to the freezer bag and put it in something to keep it warm. I used my toque.
Wait about 10 minutes and enjoy! Because it was getting late, I packed everything up and hiked on for about 20-30 minutes (while drinking cocoa 🙂 ) with the rehydrating meal in my bag before I ate it.
I cleverly forgot my spoon for this trip, so I poured the food into my mug and drank it like a soup. It was somewhat wet, and I can see an argument for reducing the water, but I quite liked it as it was. I’d call this a success!
Rob and I get many guests in our place in Berlin. We have a pile of guidebooks, museum pamphlets, and other stuff for people to look through while they’re here, but I like to give them a personalized guidebook with stuff I really like in it. Read More
Hackerspaces are full of people with beards. Lacking the hormones necessary to grow my own, I figured I’d make the next best thing: Read More