Food Studio / losæter

“Are you ready?” asks the artist, with a sculpture shaped like an animal head over her shoulders. “Yes. Let´s go, then”, replies the baker, carrying a backpack constructed from wood filled with seeds, sourdough bread and some naan. They are followed by four other “carriers of bread”, the artist group, Futurefarmers, and the baker, Emmanuel Rang. They start the walk from Losæter – an urban agricultural site in the middle of Oslo–to the peri-urban farm of Johan Swärd.

Further On… to Land is the culmination of ten years work on a public art project in Bjørvika by international art collective Futurefarmers and the beginning of a three-year pilgrimage by Oslo-based baker, Emmanuel Rang. A small group of determined walkers started from Losæter during ØKOUKA, walked along the Norwegian Pilgrimage route to Brandbu and the farm of Johan Swärd.

Grinding grains to make bread is not exactly our latest asset: groundstones have been found in the Australian region of New South Wales some 30,000 years ago, which makes aboriginal people the first to realize that mixing and baking ground cereals and water results in something not only edible, but also pretty tasty! Flatbreads are human's best friends. They were a way to preserve any kind of grain or cereal gathered in the wild or cultivated, and are now proud ambassadors to their cultures of origin. Lefse, lavosh, tortilla, arepa, injeera, chapati, pita, naan, roti, knekkebrød, pane carasau... so many different names, so few ingredients going into this staple food.

Cock-a-doodle-doo! The rooster Tor-Ild calls early in the morning Saturday, June 13th. During the summer, this usually happens twice: first, around five as the sun starts to warm up the hen house and then around 7:30, when it is time to wake. I peek out the window and see the green leaves on the trees move gently. The weather is nice, a few scattered clouds and some glints of sunlight. The air is clear and filled with the scents of early summer: shots of spruce, lilac, grass, forget-me-not, manure, lily of the valley, birch, roses, pine, lichen, timo- thy, and soil; the sun-heated fur of horses and dogs.