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05 – August – October 2021

Hello and bienvenue to my 5th newsletter!

September – October: Pyrénées – Poitiers – Lussas – Auvergne – Allier – Scheyern (de) – Vlieland (nl) – Xirocourt – Hérisson – Paris
At the moment: Marseille

Status report:
Kilometre reading (22. October) : 239 589 km
since the beginning (18. March): 8 610 km
since last newsletter (20. August): 1 687 km
power meter: 17,2 kWh

Most listened music last month:

Outlook
until December: Marseille

a good thing that happened:
When I was stuck with my car in the middle of nowhere, 2 German-speaking Italians arrived on the road a few minutes later with their 4×4 and pulled me out of the mud.


Travelling with and without a car

In August I discovered the Pyrenees, then I parked my car (aka home) behind the atelier of a friend in Poitiers where it would stay a little while. For the following 8 weeks I would not see it again, while journeying through France, Germany and the Netherlands. I went to the Lussas documentary film festival in the Ardèche, took a beautiful and emotional trip through Auvergne and Allier, and came home to Bavaria for a short visit.
Vacations were over, I took up work again on the Dutch island Vlieland, followed by a week of construction in Lorraine. A very short working break, yet again in the beautiful Allier, was followed by yet another week of construction, in Paris. Now, I am in the south of France, Marseille, freshly reunited with my car. Here I am expecting to stay (at least) 3 weeks, building a wind turbine followed by other exciting projects.

in-situ workshop with students on Vlieland

I was happy to get the chance to meet the 29 new Master students of my old study program at the Social Design department of Design Academy Eindhoven. I participated in organising a study excursion on the Dutch island Vlieland, running workshops for rapid making exercises and for hands-on construction, improvisation and in-situ work, as a way of ‘thinking through making’.

We constructed several versions of of smoke-free fire pits that were collectively built with scrap materials and improvised construction methods. They were later used to roast ‘spent grain’, a waste material from Fortuna Vlieland brewery (our collaborator and host for the trip) to make cereal bars. Vlieland (and probably all small islands) have tangible limits in ressources and local production, which makes them particularly interesting places to reconsider wastes as valuable ressources.

a separatory dry toilet in Xirocourt

With a group of motivated people we used the last week of September to finish on some unfinished projects at the association Être Éco Lié and the connected orchard Le Verger de Vincent.
Notably, a separate dry toilet, another of the modules that Pierre-Antoine and I designed earlier this year. The toilets are part of the mobile outdoor furniture which also includes a kitchen, a dishwasher and a waste collection system.

The oven consists of a wooden shell filled with 1.5 cubic metres of rubble and waste, which enclose the oven dome and provide insulation and thermal inertia through their mass. The attached bench is constructed according to the same principle.

The roof consists of shingles made from 250 beer cans collected from around the site. Most of the materials used in the construction were either reused or found in the surrounding area.

a new and improved pizza oven in Paris

Last week I was in Paris, coordinating the construction of a new pizza oven for Vive Les Groues. This was the place where I built my very first oven, which was fired up on a weekly basis.
After 2 years of use, the old (improvised) pizza oven will be replaced by a new (and improved) version. Adapted in size, shape and insulation, it is constructed on a mobile ‘chariot’ with a brick skeleton, covered by the local clay-rich earth of the site.

The oven was built with volunteers that came to help with the different steps of construction. The weather was on our side, and thanks to the 15 people who came to lend a hand over the 5 days of construction, the object took shape quickly. It is now going to dry, inauguration is planned for December.

Until next time,
Dani

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dani making fun of his nose

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04 – June – August 2021

Hello and bienvenue to my 4th newsletter!

June – August: Xirocourt– Le Rutin – Brussels – Pyrenees
At the moment: South of Toulouse

Status report:
Kilometre reading (20. August) : 237 902 km
since the beginning (18. March): 6 923 km
since last newsletter (27. June): 2 701 km
power meter: 16,3 kWh

Most listened music last month:

Outlook
since August 14: Holiday in France
September: Allier (Centre) – Netherlands – Bretagne


A rammed earth bread oven in the Allier

In June/July I stayed as an artist in residence at Polymorphe corp. Polymorphe promotes cultural and artistic activities in the countryside. Bony and Léo created the project in 2018 in the remote hamlet of ‘Le Rutin’, in the Allier département.

A time-lapse of the construction here (1min):

The aim of my residency there was to build a bread oven out of rammed earth (aka pisé). For this, a sandy and coarse-grained earth mixture is strongly compacted.I decided to use this type of e earth construction because, on the one hand, it can be realised with local materials, on the other hand, it is not technically complicated and, in contrast to other types of e earth construction, it does not require any interruptions for drying. With the help of volunteers, the team on site and a one-week ‘chantier participatif’, we managed to complete the construction work within 18 days.

The construction was carried out in 3 stages:

1 – Masonry with raw stones and lime mortar.
2 – Pisé with a team of +/- 6 people, mixing, transporting, tamping earth in a previously fabricated formwork.
3 – Construction of a roof from acacia and chestnut trunks, covered with tiles found on site.

A pizza oven made from construction rubble in Brussels

In Brussels I was invited to construct a neighbourhood oven for the project ‘Recup Ton Quartier / Recup Jij Wijk’. RTQ/RJW is located in a public space along the canal, between Molenbeek and Anderlecht. It is situated at a crossroads of streets and paths where litter is regularly deposited. I decided to work with the materials and resources available and build a pizza oven out of scrap materials and construction waste.

The oven consists of a wooden shell filled with 1.5 cubic metres of rubble and waste, which enclose the oven dome and provide insulation and thermal inertia through their mass. The attached bench is constructed according to the same principle.

The roof consists of shingles made from 250 beer cans collected from around the site. Most of the materials used in the construction were either reused or found in the surrounding area.

We dug a hole and set a foundation of paving stones, sawed wood, made our own paint, painted, drilled and assemnled a casing. We filled the empty casing with stones and rubble, therefore crushed tiles and built a dome out of clay and lime. We pulled nails out of pallets and built a bench out of pallet wood to sit next to the stove. We collected beer cans, cut them up, flattened them, folded them and nailed them to the roof as shingles.
Then we made a fire, spread tomato sauce on pizza dough and put cheese on it.

Wind mills in Brussels – first contact

Supporting the organisation ‘La Pile’ in the initial contact with neighbours of a social housing estate in the north of Brussels. Through a two-day intervention, first contacts were exchanged and acquaintances were made, opening up possibilities for future cooperation on energy-related issues. The long-term goal is to create a European pilot project for cooperative energy production – a wind turbine for the housing unit.

My tasks were to create, design and produce the technical and mechanical parts of 90 paper wind mills, as well as to run the workshop on site. The rotors were folded and decorated by the children of the housing unit.

I’m going on holiday now. Have a nice summer and see you next time, Dani

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Daniel smiling with a beer in his hand

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03 – May – June 2021

Hello and bienvenue to my 3rd newsletter!

May – June: Monts du Cantal – Saint Étienne – Bourg-en-Bresse – Xirocourt
Currently: Tonnerre

Status report:
Kilometre reading (June 24) : 235 201 km
since the beginning of the journey (March 18): 4 222 km
since last newsletter (May 14): 1 428 km
power meter: 11,7kWh

Most listened music last month:

Book recommendation:
bolo’bolo by P.M.
follow this link for the English edition: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/p-m-bolo-bolo

Outlook
from June 28: three-week artist residency at Polymorphe Corp. in Cérilly, central France. There I will build a bread oven out of rammed earth and stone.

June / July:
Cérilly (Centre de la France)Brussels

pisé photo
layers of rammed earth

On the road with Charlélie in the Massif Central

Since my project in Cérilly was postponed in May, I met my friend Charlélie in the Massif Central, in the Monts de Cantal. We drove over adventurous mountain passes, where I sometimes had to shift into first gear – unlike Charlélie with his four-wheel drive.

Digital Workshop at the HfG Karlsruhe

At the end of May, I put my nomadic workspace to the test. To do this, I parked on the banks of the Loire (near Saint Étienne) and held a digital workshop with students from Chris Kabel’s ReAct seminar (product design) at the HfG Karlsruhe. The aim of the intervention was to take away the students’ fear of failure and to create a starting point for their further material research.
Documentation of the workshop here: http://hfg.danielparnitzke.de/

Stranded

Departure from Saint Étienne, north-east, towards Lorraine, 450km of road. Halfway there, I had a mishap, skidded over a threshold and bent my wheel rim. It was Saturday evening, the garages were already closed, and I had an appointment on Monday.
At first it was stressful, but bit by bit I was able to tackle the problems, reschedule the appointment, get a spare wheel, adjust the track, change the axle boot.

A weekend in Bourg-en-Bresse

So I had to take a 2-day break in Bourg-en-Bresse, north of Lyon. In the area there are beautiful houses and a building tradition with rammed earth, which I had a look at on a little bike tour.

Chantier Participatif and outdoor furniture

Back to Xirocourt (see Newsletter 1) and a project for the Verger de Vincent, the community garden linked to the association Être Éco Lié. The aim there was to design and construct an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor sink, a recycling station and a dry toilet. These elements were to be mobile, stable, simple, reproducible and versatile, based on existing standard sizes, a single wooden profile and low-tech construction. The inspiration for this was Enzo Mari’s Autoprogettazione from 1974, a series of furniture that can be realised with standardised wooden profiles, a hand saw and a hammer.

The realisation took place collaboratively with volunteers, who were on site partly after their working day, partly for a full week. For this chantier participatif* in Pierre-Antoine’s workshop we set up various work stations and production processes, which also enabled amateurs to produce excellent results.

A chantier participatif, also known as a solidary workshop, collaborative workshop, shared workshop, etc., is an event during which individuals meet to work together, voluntarily and in a friendly atmosphere. (translated from French Wikipedia)

A month in Xirocourt

I stayed in Lorraine for almost 4 weeks. It is good to have such longer breaks in the same place to tackle longer-term projects or repairs. There was a lot to do as well: Installing a yurt, repairing my car, mowing with a scythe, mounting a solar installation…

Short trip to Paris

Two days in Paris, meeting friends, checking up on old projects (rocket stove at LEO, wind turbine at Vive Les Groues, see newsletter 1+2). Here is a great illustration by Julie Dancre, from our workshop with Coline in March.

Two weeks later: A violent storm has raged on the terrain of Vive Les Groues and caused some damage – among others to my wind turbine. The wooden rotor blades bent backwards by more than 30cm in the high wind speeds – until they touched the mast and broke.

A location for my solar-powered website

More than a year ago, I handed in my Master’s thesis under the title “Pleasure in Scarcity”. I applied this principle to the format of the thesis itself. It is accessible through an autonomous server that is powered by a solar system and a battery – simply put, a medium that is directly connected to a limited, local energy source. The solar-powered server is located in Xirocourt, eastern France, with seasonal daylight hours between 8h19m and 16h07m.

During extended periods of bad weather, this website will go offline. It gives the user the possibility to use an “energy saving mode”, whereby up to 80% less data is transmitted. It shows the reality of the global data and energy infrastructure and is at the same time an example and a proposal for an internet with limited accessibility.

The thesis and current information on the server’s energy production and consumption here: http://pleasureinscarcity.com. More about the format of a solar-powered website here: http://pleasureinscarcity.com/chapter/27

Stranded again – greetings from Tonnerre

I’m stuck again – clutch pedal broke. Again I am involuntarily stuck in one place, again I have to wait.
On that note: greetings from Tonnerre in Bourgogne, from the car graveyard that is my home for a few nights (until the spare part arrives).

guy in front of broken cars

Until next time,
Dani

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02 – April-May 2021

Welcome back for my second newsletter, I’m happy you are still with me! Thanks for all your responses to the first one.

Same thing as last time, if you can help me, know a nice place or have any other feedback, please reply to this email!

April – May: Xirocourt – Saint Étienne – Ardèche – Haute Loire
Currently: La Garde-Guérin

Whats next?

May:
– visit another volcanic region, Auvergne, to meet Charlélie. 
– visit Cérilly for material testing, to prepare for the residency at Polymorphe Corp.

June:
– 3 weeks chantier participatif (collective construction site) to build outdoor infrastructure for the orchard ‘Verger de Vincent’ in Xirocourt (Association Être Éco Lié). 
sign up for the chantier participatif here!
– 3 weeks residency at Polymorphe Corp. We’ll construct a bread oven from rammed earth (Pisé). 

July:
– 2 weeks chantier participatif in Brussels with the project RECUP TON QUARTIER _ RECUP JE WIJK. We will construct a pizza oven from waste materials on site.

Reach out if you live next to my itinerary and want to meet for a coffee or a workshop. If you don’t live close, send a message and we’ll see when I can pass by.

May / June / July: Auvergne – Haute Loire – Cérilly – Xirocourt – Cérilly – Brussels

Things to share

[Paris] 20 May from 13h place du Châtelet, protest in support of the LEO which is fighting against its expulsion in court that day. If you like to join in, please sign up via mail beforehand: [email protected]
[Paris] sign the petition in support for the LEO: https://agir.greenvoice.fr/
– [Haute Loire] Les Soulèvements de la Terre (Haute Loire), 22/23/24 May
[music] Music from 1st of May in Saint Étienne: Dominique Grange
[recipe] Brioche de Clémence
[recipe] Pizza dough of the IBM

Ways to support me

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– Where can I go next? Do you want to host me?
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My Fiat as a mobile atelier

Since I am on the road, I built myself two shelves, a multi-functional chair (= toilet) and a rocket stove for cooking to economise on gas. This rocket stove is the first one in 1,5 years that I built exclusively for myself! (Still broken my gas stove…)
Also, I am working on a small wind generator with hand carved wooden blades and an old hoverboard motor.

Workshop in Saint Etienne

I was invited by students of the M2 ‘design espace’ department at ENSADSE, for a one-day workshop at the Cité du Design in Saint-Étienne. The goal was to build a rocket-stove-bread-oven in one day.
I’m always very excited to do workshops like this. Thank you to all the motivated people and persistent people who collected materials and joined in.

I spent a few days in Saint Étienne, where I met a bunch of kind and engaged people. I’m sure it wasn’t the last time for me to visit.

Volcano landscapes in Ardèche 

Due to ongoing restrictions in France, my residency at Polymorphe got postponed. Instead, I’m discovering the national parks of France. I made my way through the Pilat next to Saint Étienne, and found myself in a beautiful landscape created by volcanos and shaped by glaciers, the Ardèche. I stayed to take a few days off.

Tour à Eau by Gilles Clément 

Two years ago I met Gilles Clément in Paris. Last week I came across his work in Ardèche, almost by accident. It’s a water tower made from solid rock, that collects water on the inside. It is located right next to the source of the Loire river next to the Mont Gerbier de Jonc, exactly on the line separating the streams going either to the Atlantic or to the Mediterranean Sea.

Baking bread in Boussoulet

After meeting her in Saint Étienne, I visited Clémence in Boussoulet, a village located in the low mountains of the Haute Loire departement. She is currently doing a CAP Boulangerie (bakery apprenticeship).
In Boussoulet, every two weeks, she bakes bread together with another baker, Manon.

In this region, even small villages have their own bread oven. They are maintained by the village community and managed as common property. Anyone with “smoke coming out of the chimney 6 months a year” is free to use them. 

The three of us baked 50kg of sourdough bread, 10kg of Brioche and 5kg of Baguette.

La Garde-Guérin 

Next to the medieval village La Garde-Guérin which is located on the top of a huge canyon carved by the Chassezac river, I found a parking with good data reception. From here I am writing this newsletter, and preparing the upcoming workshops, constructions and lectures in June and July. In between I take little hikes down the canyon or over the fields.

Until next time,
Dani

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01 – March-April 2021

Hello for the first in a series of newsletters.

I’d like to use this medium as an open channel of communication, to stay in touch, to reach out, to meet, and to discuss. Please reply to this email!

March – April: Scheyern – Paris – Xirocourt
Currently: Xirocourt
Next: St-Étienne – Cérilly (Allier)

In this newsletter

Parking in Paris, a Pizza oven, a wind turbine, a Pirate Radio, a rocket stove, yourts and rain catchers and finally spring in Lorraine

Parking in Paris

It’s virtually impossible to find free parking in Paris. Luckily, there is one place where I am always welcome, located in the suburb of Nanterre. It’s called Vive les Groues, and they were so kind to host me among a vegetable garden, a tree nursery, bees, and a pizza oven.

The Pizza oven at Vive Les Groues

I built a pizza oven there in 2019, since then the oven has been in use every week. It’s a raw clay oven built only from materials we found on-site, with the help of neighbours and volunteers. It was a highlight for me to revisit the oven and use it together with some good friends. 

My wind turbine turns

Last winter during the German lockdown I built a 300W wind turbine with a diameter of 1,5 meters. Now, months later I reassembled it. Now, a piece of Bavarian wood is spinning at 6 meters high in Paris, lighting up Vive Les Groues.
The same day I found enough wood for two more wind turbines. I already started carving blades again. Do you have a place to set up a wind generator, or want to build one? Get in touch.

A pirate radio in Nanterre

Radio Groulag is based in Nanterre, emitting on 107.9 once a week. It’s a more or less improvised mix of talk, sound, and play by Ludo and Lukasz. Super nice to have been there in the studio listening (and speaking one or two words). If you have some amateur radio equipment at home, I’d be interested, get in touch. 

Radio Stasis in Rotterdam

Instagram @movinginstasis

My friend Coline and me had the pleasure to talk for a few minutes on the radio show of Moving in Stasis (Listen from timestamp 00:33:13 here). 
Moving in Stasis is an exhibition organised by the 2020 Master graduates of Design Academy Eindhoven at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam. Have a look at the website of Moving in Stasis, and relisten to all the great people that were part of the Radio Stasis program.

A rocket stove for cooking and heating

Coline and I teamed up for a two weeks residency / workshop at a squat in Pantin (Paris). Our goal was to meet and make, both facing the dilemma of being young design graduates in times of Covid. The LEØ (Laboratoire Ecologique ØDéchet) welcomed us to use their space and facilities. There we built a massive 100kg rocket stove for heating and cooking indoors, from materials exclusively sourced from the building itself.
The full documentation will soon be available on http://movinginstasis.com

Due to an ongoing legal process we can not show more pictures at the time.

Check out Coline’s work here: 
http://colinedeclef.com/

Spring in Lorrainne

While travelling is still restricted in France I am a guest at the association Être Éco Lié in Xirocourt (East of France). There I am parked in front of the old village school which houses a professional wood workshop, a fablab and a co-working office. The association is connected to the ‘Verger de Vincent’, a young orchard which will become a ‘commestible forest’ and a communal place for all kinds of workshops, constructions and gatherings. If you are interested in gardening, low-tech and community, come visit this place!

A Yurt, a rain catcher and another wind turbine

Pierre-Antoine is one of the core member of Être Éco Lié and an enthusiast for low-tech constructions. With his company iWood he constructs fully dismountable yurts with from ecological quality materials. This week we set up a 12m2 rain catcher in the orchard, completely made from leftovers and packaging of the yurt business. Yesterday, I started carving the blades for another wind generator to be used with my mobile design workshop.

Whats next?

April:
Workshop in St. Étienne with design students. We’ll try to build a bread oven within one day from metal scrap.

May:
3 weeks residency at Polymorphe Corp at a farm in the Département Allier, next to Cérilly. We’ll construct a bread oven from rammed earth (Pisé). Get in touch if you like to pass by or join the chantier participatif.

Reach out if you live next to my itinerary and want to meet for a coffee or a workshop. If you don’t live close, send a message and we’ll see when I can pass by.

Ways to support me

– Tell your friends about my journey, and help me meet DIY and low-tech enthusiasts, tiers-lieus and people who can help me. Send them this link to sign up for the newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dq9o2D

– I am looking for…
     … a dog as a travel companion. Let me know if you hear something.
     … a plumbing or heating specialist to help me fix my gas oven.
     … travel advice and hosts. Where can I go next? Do you want to host me?

– If you want, you can give me financial support. I don’t have a lot of money but I can propose some things to exchange for. You can fund me on tipee: https://fr.tipeee.com/pleasure-in-scarcity/

Until next time, and please write.
Dani

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Welcome to Dani’s mailing list

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I started something new – Since a short time I am living and working in a van (in France). 

Here I’m doing what I can do best – I’m improvising and I keep on moving. On my itinerary I am visiting friends while finding places and people to work and collaborate with. My itinerary will lead me on a tour de France (++) of low-tech communities and projects.

After a bumpy 2020, this is my attempt to get back to move, to meet and to make. I hope to find interesting places, get together with old and new friends and build some cool things on the way.

Looking back (real quick)

Over the past years I was lucky enough to live and work in different countries in Europe, to develop my practice and most importantly to meet great and fascinating people. In 2020 I graduated from the Social Design Master at Design Academy Eindhoven. Since then I am facing the challenges that graduating during a pandemic brings with it.

My work circles around questions of low-tech and community, I’m interested in exploring notions of change and moments of co-creation. For a long time I had asked myself how to translate an idealistic research into action – how do I live what I believe in? And can I sustain myself in doing so? I did something that I like to do – I built myself a tool to figure this out. 

Meet my Fiat Ducato

It surely didn’t all go as smooth as I thought it would. Since September I have the keys for a 25 years old Fiat Ducato in my pocket, one of the bigger responsibilities I took on recently. 5 month of confinement were enough to transform the car into a moving workshop with all sorts of commodities like solar energy, electronic switches, running water, heating and a bread oven. It was a good moment to question myself about the things I really need in life, I was then able to furnish my living space in the way that would suit me best. But more than half of it is actually filled up with tools and materials.

About this mailing list

This is going to be a more or less regular newsletter to stay in touch. If you would like to follow my journey – the places I visit, the things I do, the people I meet – sign up to the mailing list here.

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