Monthly Archives: August 2014

MMK14

MMK14 was a great experience, place where many new friends and ideas organized.

It was learning and self-lerning process with many challenges.

It was also a place of many natural beauties that came in all forms, harsh and subtle.

 

 

 

 

DIY bread

Maria and Veronika Dunkl made a workshop how to make a bread with simple ingredients on the open fire.

They used locally collected herbs to mix with the flour that gave a special taste to DIY bread.

 

 

 

Open Hardware Run Autonomous Energy System

Antonios Galanopoulos presented open hardware, DIY system for energy autonomy he is developing. It is open hardware beagle-box with a bit of code and lots of DIY ingenuity that is running a 12 volts system stationed in the 1 € box.

Antonious runs it on his London based boat that harvests the solar energy and calculates outside and water temperature to inside temperature and runs generator if the consumptions is bigger than input. His system inspired us to think about DIY control of the Centre for Creative Solutions.

After living MMK on Sunday 5 o’clock morning he was driving for 17 hours straight in his little van to reach Greece border. He was one of the longest MMK14 participants on AiR program with smallest trash footprint at his quarters.

 

 

 

Bio Lab @ MMK14

Brian Degger from UK was working with Kristian Tkalec from Ljubljana’s Biotehna on developing a luminescent bacteria.

For this a food for bacteria had to be cooked, where fish proved to be the best solution.

Bacteria was grown in petri dishes by workshop participants.

Listening to Nature

Tin Dožić and Kruno Jošt conducted a field recording workshop. It took participants to nature and explained the basics of sound recordings and of field recording history.

Workshop had a listening part where participants focused on the sounds around them and were repeating them to get in contact between listening and producing the sound.

A walk was taken where each participant was focusing on the changes of the environment around them only by listening sounds

DIY underwater microphone was also used to listen to the water streams and springs.

Water Quality at MMK14

A group lead by Kristian Tkalec and Brian Degger visited MMK14 spring to check for drinking water quality. This spring is used by al near villages for drinking water.

Research conducted by participants of the workshop showed that water had quite a bit of minerals and was low in NO2.

Besides three springs that were checked also nearby river Otuča gave excellent results in low Nitrogen.

Another inverter down

After only a week another inverter went down for no reason – there was no shorts and no overload. Fuses are blown every time it is connected.

Third one we got from Antonious is a 12 volts one, so we had to rearrange batteries and make it parallel 12 watts from 24 series system.

 

Abundance of MMK14 workshops

After the AiR programs MMK14 is coming to the stage when most events take place trough joint events: Hackatron, RAD, MAD, Nameless Symposium and Future Environments un-conference.

Camp is growing with colourful tents.

Guests are coming from Slovenia, Austria, Greece, Croatia and UK.

After un-conference style collective time line building

Antonious lead workshop on edible wide greens

where part of the food for a DIY VEGY GRILL workshop was collected.

Astronomers were having workshops on stars and constellations, sun and moon was observed.

There was joggling workshops,

wood workshop

and more techy, encryption and TOR workshops

After the workshops crew has spread around. We took a road up to the hills, and barely made it trough ruff terrain to the point of beautiful view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MMK14 sign workshop

After finding local wood mill we asked for any old and discarded wood. We brought it to camp, cut it and arranged it to be used for signs.

White paint and spray was chosen in spite of the toxicity.

Signs are used for marking compost are, toilets, fresh water spring, etc…

For enthusiasts this can be form of land art too.

Tying down the dome

Due to heavy winds last 2 days we had to find a good way to secure geo dome’s cover. Wind is lifting the cover, coming under the tent. Heavy wind blows are breaking strings holding the tent cover to wooden poles.

We found out that best thing to do is tie down the dome with two crossing ropes.

 

Recycle Art Dome at MMK14

RAD is project that considers recycling/upcycling in all possible ways. It recycles old plastic bottles for hanging gardens, parts of old computer sets for plants containers, old wood for constructing toilet sits and so on. At MMKamp we constructed a modular chair and table from leftovers found in the city.

First we had to construct a seat,

but thinking modular, so the chair can also be used as table.

 

 

 

How to-s and why not-s at MMK14

To erect your tent:

First find dry straw, if not dry let it dry on the sun and collect before humid evening.

Second, spread the straw on the ground, keeping you warm and comfortable at nigh with your tent sitting at the top.

Bring your glass bottles or other containers to get fresh water from the springs.

Also don’t forget your head sets or flesh lights that can be charged or ones with hand crank generator.

Take your cutting/sawing tools

and other tools, rope and knife as well.

Weather is changing so be prepared, take your sun and rain accessories.

 

Erecting Geo dome at MMK14

Mobile Art Dome is a project that brought geodesic dome to MMK14, working with participants and local enthusiasts to build a space for meetings, workshops, dialogue, research and presentations.

Local youth was proud they can participate in building, for them, strange architectural building.

Geo dome is equipped with 2 250 W panels and satellite dish and 1000 W inverter. Fully functional waiting for arrival of participants.

 

Ethicality cooking

With arrival of Roland Alton to MMK4 of http://ethify.org/ daily activities are critically observed from the perspective of scarcity, abundance, ethicality and sustainability. Eating, driving and energy habits are discussed and sustainable alternatives proposed. Food production and distribution was one of the topics.

Mushroom hunt led by our host Dane was successful and went in accordance with our discussions. Not all of the musrooms are eaten the first day so we experiment with mushroom chips and drying mushrooms.

Our grill looks something like this:

Arriving to MMK


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Walking

From Gračac you go north the D1 street to Zagreb until the restaurant Zagi in Deringaj. There you have to take the unpaved road to the left or you follow the walking track over the hills (walking distance is about 20 minutes from the restaurant, here is the GPS track https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/rasos/traces/1766744).

Coming with train

Gračac has a train station with a few trains per day and one in the night from Split and Zagreb. The train station is 10 km away, so call 00 385 95 81 444 15 for pick up.

Coming with airoplane

The closest airport is Zadar.

Coming with car or bike

from Zagreb direction: pass Zagi restaurant and drive for another kilometre. You will see a bus stop on your left and a unpaved road that goes from the beginning fo that bus stop. Take that for 400 meters, cross the wooden bridge and another 50 meters turn left into the MMK field.

From Gračac: go direction Zagreb, pass by Lost Theory festival therein on your left, pass by entrance to Deringaj village on your left, drive for few kilometres until old bus stop. At the end of bus stop there is unpaved road to your right. Take that for 400 meters, cross the wooden bridge and another 50 meters turn left into the MMK field.