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Böller und Brot

HomeMade

2007

Food, glorious food! - We're anxious to try it.
Three banquets a day - Our favourite diet!
From the musical, Oliver Twist
A TV-style film series questioning what we eat to sustain our busy lifestyles

German filmmakers Sigrun Köhler and Wiltrud Baier (Böller und Brot) came to Huntly in summer 2007, for a period of three months.

Fast food is now a staple of contemporary culture's eating habits: food that has been pre-prepared by someone else, or in a factory, for the purpose of quick and easy consumption. The result of this is a change in the way we eat our food - alone or on the move, rather than taking the time to share a meal with our family and friends. In this project, filmmakers Böller + Brot asked what has led to the decline of social engagement in our eating habits and what exactly are we eating to sustain us in our busy lives?

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The artists’ catalogue of work focuses on documentaries and experimental films exploring the coincidences and unusual moments of daily life. Their lighthearted approach allows real situations to unfold before the lens, so that they may make a serious point. In their 8-part TV-style series HomeMade they took the format of a TV cooking series. The series shows groups of 8-10 year olds from Huntly's Gordon Primary School attempting to re-create popular snacks such as Mars Bars, Smarties and Frazzles, using only the ingredients listed on the packet. The children can ‘call a friend’, ring the manufacturer’s help line or ask local shop assistants for advice on how to make the snack, which - no surprise - meets a bewildered response. No one knows what hydrolysed soya protein is, looks like or how it is arranged in the recipe. 'Are you boys trying to make a bomb?' the Tesco sales assistant asks? In this project Sigrun and Wiltrud revealed some unusual contradictions in our lifestyles. Children, who require sustenance for physical and social development, are targeted by the manufacturers of this type of food. The unknown substances provide a useless quick-fix and deny them the opportunity to learn how to make food and share meals face-to-face. The products that the children end up making for the camera are warped versions of old favourites, but, without the unnecessary and mysterious additives. Rather than failing, they enjoy making foods that are somewhat more real than the ones made in factories.

A discussion chaired by Joanna Blythman (author of Bad Food Britain) was held to complement the work. Other speakers included: James King (local farmer), Sir Hugh Pennington (advisor on food safety to the UN World Food Programme), Pam Rodway(Director of UK Slow Food Society), Margaret Thomson (local teacher), Margaret Wild (local cook) and two of the children cooking and acting in the film. All accompanied by the ‘Glorious Food’ choir.

     

Attached Files:
Artist Statement
Food History

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