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“Vierzäh Täg Hinterem Mond”: Recipes from my grandmother’s life

Meret Buser

The urbanite Meret Buser set herself on the task of saving from oblivion her grandmother’s down-to-earth knowledge of a self-subsistence lifestyle in a disappearing rural environment. In Spring 2014, Meret proposed to her grandmother to record her most important cooking recipes. While collaborating on a cookbook the two women developed a peculiar relationship regardless of the natural family ties, an aspect that enriched the project with a personal component beyond a simplistic subjectivisation. By spending long stretches of time together the two women developed a deeper interest in each other’s so dissimilar lives. This project bridges the gaps between city dwelling and country life, generational conflicts, emphasizing the very ancient process of knowledge transmission from generation to generation.

The working dynamics broke with the original roles – the grandmother also operated the camera – and produced a multimedia documentation (photography, film and sound recording). The material is accessible via a web application that links the recipes with the various layers of the story.

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Grandma and Me, Tobias Brütsch, 2015
Web documentary trailer
Grandma and Me watching us, Screenshot 2015
Grandma filming me, Screenshot 2015
Grandmas Hands, 2014
Left Stuff on a Chair, 2015

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