Food, food culture, food as culture and the cultures that grow our food

In memoriam
Yariv Alter Fin

August 31, 2007

'I' by Yariv Alterfin
‘I’ an image poem by Yariv Alter Fin

Yariv Alter Fin
b. 1968 - d. 2007

Yariv died on Tuesday in Tel Aviv. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
We are devastated.

Yariv was a brilliant artist and designer who never ceased to inspire and wonder why and ‘i’ and why.
He enjoyed copious amounts of parsley in his chicken soup. More than anyone else. It was kind of ridiculous.

You are missed, Yarivele.

Yariv Alterfin, passport
‘Travelling is necessary, living is not’ by Yariv Alter Fin, image used most unfortunately without permission

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The gentlemen farmers’ summer party

August 27, 2007

l'homme dansant
Dancing with wines, dahlia fetishist, celebrity hayseed, gentle farmer-man en silhouette

Guus and Lisette yukkin' it up
All natural, all gentleman, slash Friesian agro-history adept, organic farmer-man Guus yuks it up with Lisette.

Nature lesson in the reeds
Then gives us a reed-obscured all-natural history lesson

At pond's edge, Madeleine and Hans are moved to contemplation
moving Madeleine and Hans to silent contemplation.

A poet arrives
A poet’s arrival through now knee-high nasturtiums, weedy weeds ‘n beans and amaranthus plumes.

The guests sip wine amidst Ar's dahlias
Deep in the midst of dahlias, illustrious guests sip wine,

what a pity that co-host herman verkerk and artist andré vd berg are obscured from view
whilst Netherlands’ finest grapple a gifted pear.

Lulu guards the pesce spada
And a glam diva ham guards a skewered pesce spada, BBQ’d au plein air.

Pesce spada closeup
Oh my!

Chef Maher Al and assistant Artuur prepare to filet the beast
The sous Artur (r), the chef Maher (l), the succulent filet,

Diner au grand commité
Resulting in diner au champs, finger lick, enjoyed au grand commité.

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The arabised ‘H’ of EL HEMA

August 25, 2007

EL HEMA image used courtesy of
Joann digs EL HEMA packaging, image of the chocolate letter ‘H’ by Mediamatic used entirely with permission

EL HEMA, an Arabised version of the Dutch five and dime, will be selling chocolate letters for the disputably secular Dutch winter holiday Sinter Klaas. The Arabic letters are in one of the brilliantly designed companion fonts developed by the Typographical Matchmaking Project’s designers. EL HEMA is a collaboration between the Khatt Foundation’s Typographical Matchmaking Project and the Dutch cultural institution Mediamatic. Together they have been working with the project’s young designers making an Arabised HEMA store (as an art/design installation). In the name of fuelling a positive and generative image of intercultural discourse in the Netherlands, Insha’Allah.

Arabic chocolate letters sold exclusively at Mediamatic's EL HEMA
Get ‘em while they’re hot, but before they melt, EL HEMA’s arabic chocolate letters

Willem Velthoven shows Amsterdam culture-councilwoman the mould for the Arabic chocolate letter produced in the Mediamatic FabLab
Willem Velthoven shows a Arabic chocolate letter mold produced in the Mediamatic FabLab, to the Amsterdam Councilwoman of Cultcha

The EL HEMA exhibition is open from August 24 to November 4, 2007 and you’ll be able to buy a goodly amount of the EL HEMA products including the chocolate letters, hagelslag, tea towels, but also great street fashion, inspiring books and even household paint in a palet inspired by foodstuffs of the Arab world.

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