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Workshop with residents of nursing home De Stromen
You are never too old to learn. For this reason MAMA and eating designer Marije Vogelzang confronted the oldest generation with the (relatively young) profession of Fooddesign.
MAMA reached a peak in its career: with an age of 94 and even 99 years the average age of the visitors was never as high as this day.
Taste and scent are linked with (long forgotten) memories. Especially smell and taste can open doors to the dustiest angles in our memory. Marije Vogelzang developed a workshop especially for MAMA to see how this works.

With small delicatessens, amuses and mini snacks, the twenty participants were asked to search in their memories and make funny associations. With an average age above the 75 years the participants had the necessary life experience to draw from. Marije chose to shake the memory awake with old Dutch menus such as Hete Bliksem and Jan in de Zak. But also fries with mayonaise were served. The tales diverged from cooking on the pot stove with old shoes as fuel, to lunches at the nuns school.

"I was in a boarding school runned by nuns in Oudenbosch. Every fourteen days they served Hete Bliksem. I really loved that, so I always had something to look forward for. The nuns were strict and the school belonged to an cathedral. I had discovered that in the cathedral the marble was actually painted wood. Every time that one of the nuns didn't nice to me, I thought yes, you can do complete badly to me, but that marble of yours, that is humbug."

One had never eaten fries, for the other it was on the weekly menu, bought at the Bram Ladage.

"In the old days, I came too late home sometimes. If I came home then, my mother was waiting for me, angrily. I only got away with it if I brought fries with me for her. So I did that."

"My parents had frequently friends coming over, they played card games with them. They did not play for real money, but for candy or chewing-gum balls. I was young, so I frequently snatched that candy from the table. As a result everything ended up in chaos. To protect their games, they gave me fries when playing card games. Soon I lost my interest in candy."

Experiences from the second World War also showed up. Since ox sausage is a kosjer product, this food led to memories of the Jews:

"During the occupation by the Germans we hid Jewish people in a breach in the wall. The bed was slid to hide their presence, this went successfully until the end of the war."

The workshop was concluded with imagining the tales in marzipan.
A personal tour from Marije through the exhibition Fuel completed the view on her work as an eating designer. Marije Vogelzang talked with the elder people how food and the rituals concerning food have changed and probibly will change even more.
Thanks to: 
Marije Vogelzang en Proef-employes: Uli, Vanja and Mahala

Tent. / Witte de With: Paul van Gennip, Line Kramer, Erik Visser, Erwin Nederhoff and Martijn van Dijk.

De Stromen: Elly van 't Hof, Annemarie den Heijer, Richeline Virginia and other helping hands.
Supported by: 
Economic Development Board Rotterdam, Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht