I met Sietske Klooster last year, during the inauguration workshop of Caroline Hummels in TU/e; I was intrigued by the way she described herself: Design Choreographer. And it wasn’t about dancing per se, but more about understanding how our body, its movements, impact design – and impacted by design in turn.
I later also managed to come to one of the first Milk Salon, organized by Sietske during the Dutch Design Week’12 – but I am afraid I wrote nothing about these events back then, struggling with one of the ‘dark pages’ in my blogging history.
Then I somehow lost contact with her at all, and was very happy to receive an invitation to the next edition of her Milk Salon, this time in Rotterdam. The event was held last Saturday, and it was a very informal and cozy gathering, but with special atmosphere, in some way very intensive and devoted.
I would’t even call it a ‘workshop’: judging by the experience it resembled more a cult meeting, an ecclesia of some sort. And the ‘cult’ was not so much about milk (although milk did play an important role in it), but more about re-thinking the way we treat milk, how we drink and perceive, what do we know about its production, distribution, sales etc, and what role can design play in transforming our current attitude to this precious product.
Sietske has designed a marvelous set of… vessels? they resembled oyster shells rather than glasses… out of which we try to drink milk, of various types, and reflect on our experiences.
I don’t have any pictures of the drinking itself (I was too busy with it myself :), may be Sietske could share them with us later. And I didn’t take too many pictures this time anyway, I was busy with the conversations.
I also prepared a few slides, not about milk, but about kumys
, fermented horse milk, popular in Kazakhstan (and in Central Asian in general) – the slideshow can be seen in full here
. These slides are more about the ‘design’ aspects, even more specifically, about interface and interaction design of drinking kumys, but inevitably cover broader social and historical issues too.
Few more pictures from the event, including a few images of these ‘milk vessels’: