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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:

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.

A la prochaine,

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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:

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
Actuellement: 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

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/


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

A la prochaine,

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02 – April-May 2021

Bienvenue pour ma deuxième newsletter, je suis heureux que tu sois toujours avec moi ! Merci pour toutes les réactions à la première.

Comme la dernière fois, si tu peux m'aider, si tu connais un endroit sympa ou si tu as d'autres commentaires, réponds à cet e-mail !

Avril - Mai Xirocourt – Saint Étienne – Ardèche – Haute Loire
Actuellement: La Garde-Guérin

Quelle est la suite ?

Mai :
- visiter une autre région volcanique, l'Auvergne, pour rencontrer Charlélie. 
- passer par Cérilly pour des essais de matériaux, afin de préparer la résidence à Polymorphe Corp.

- 3 semaines de chantier participatif pour la réalisation des installations extérieures du Verger de Vincent à Xirocourt (Association Être Éco Lié). 
s'inscrire au chantier participatif ici!
- 3 semaines de résidence à Polymorphe Corp. Nous construirons un four à pain en Pisé. 

- 2 semaines de chantier participatif à Bruxelles avec le projet RECUP TON QUARTIER _ RECUP JE WIJK. Nous construirons un four à pizza à partir des déchets du site.

Contacte moi si tu habites près de mon itinéraire et si tu veux se rencontrer pour un café ou un atelier. Si tu n'habites pas à proximité, envoie un message et nous verrons quand je pourrai passer.

Mai / Juin / Juillet : Auvergne - Haute Loire - Cérilly - Xirocourt - Cérilly - Bruxelles

Des trucs à partager

[Paris] 20 Mai à partir de 13h place du Châtelet, manifestation en solidarité avec le LEO qui se bat contre son expulsion ce jour-là. Si tu veux participer, tu peux t'inscrire par mail avant : [email protected]
[Paris] signer la pétition en support du LEO : https://agir.greenvoice.fr/
– [Haute Loire] Les Soulèvements de la Terre (Haute Loire), 22/23/24 Mai
[music] Musique entendu le 1er mai à Saint-Étienne : Dominique Grange
[recette] Brioche de Clémence
[recette] Pâte à pizza de l'IBM

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Ma Fiat comme atelier mobile

Depuis que je suis sur la route, je me suis construit deux étagères, une chaise multifonctionnelle (= toilette) et un rocket stove pour cuisiner afin d'économiser le gaz. Ce réchaud est le premier en 1,5 ans que je construis exclusivement pour moi ! (Ma cuisinière à gaz est toujours en panne...)
Je travaille également sur un petit générateur éolien avec des pales en bois sculptées à la main et un vieux moteur d'hoverboard.

Workshop à Saint Etienne

J'ai été invitée par des étudiants du M2 "design espace" de l'ENSADSE à donner un workshop d'une journée à la Cité du Design à Saint-Étienne. L'objectif était de construire un four à pain rocket-stove en un jour.
Je suis toujours très enthousiaste de faire des ateliers comme celui-ci. Merci à toutes les personnes motivées et persévérantes qui ont collecté du matériel et participé.

J'ai passé quelques jours à Saint-Étienne, où j'ai rencontré plein de gens gentils et engagés. Je suis sûr que ce n'était pas la dernière fois que je m'y rendais.

Paysages de volcans en Ardèche 

En raison des restrictions en vigueur en France, ma résidence à Polymorphe a été reporté. A la place, je découvre les parcs nationaux de France. J'ai traversé le Pilat à côté de Saint-Étienne, et je me suis retrouvé dans un paysage magnifique créé par des volcans et façonné par des glaciers, l'Ardèche. Je suis resté pour prendre quelques jours de repos.

Tour à Eau de Gilles Clément 

Il y a deux ans, j'ai rencontré Gilles Clément à Paris. La semaine dernière, j'ai découvert son travail dans l'Ardèchepresque par accident. C'est une tour à eau faite de roche solide, qui recueille l'eau à l'intérieur. Il est situé juste à côté de la source de la Loire, à côté du Mont Gerbier de Jonc, exactement sur la ligne séparant les cours d'eau allant soit vers l'Atlantique, soit vers la Méditerranée.

Faire du pain à Boussoulet

Après l'avoir rencontrée à Saint Étienne, j'ai rendu visite à Clémence à Boussoulet, un village situé dans les basses montagnes du département de la Haute Loire. Elle est actuellement en CAP Boulangerie.
À Boussoulet, toutes les deux semaines, elle fait du pain avec une autre boulangère, Manon.

Dans cette région, même les petits villages ont leur propre four à pain. Ils sont entretenus par la communauté villageoise et gérés comme un bien commun. Toute personne dont "la fumée sort de la cheminée pendant 6 mois par an" est libre de l'utiliser. 

À nous trois, nous avons fait 50 kg de pain au levain, 10 kg de brioche et 5 kg de baguette.

La Garde-Guérin 

À côté du village médiéval La Garde-Guérin qui est situé au sommet d'un immense canyon creusé par la rivière Chassezac, j'ai trouvé un parking avec bonne réception. D'ici, j'écris cette newsletter, et je prépare les prochains ateliers, constructions et présentations en juin et juillet. Entre temps, je fais des petites randonnées dans le canyon ou dans les champs.

A la prochaine,

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