Instant Cooking – Nomadic, Mobile Cooking Stations
Instant Cooking is a project of mobile cooking stations, again reduced to the bare essentials. Functional and transportable like a field kitchen, but also formally attractive like the mobile variant of a futurist singles kitchenette where the preparation of food is celebrated in cult fashion, Instant Cooking fulfils a range of tasks. After all, cooking and eating (together) do not just serve a basic need but are also sensually, emotionally charged processes; Instant Cooking underlines this further through interaction in public space. Not least, the striking number of TV formats concerned with cooking is an indication of the topic’s significance for modern man. The mobile cooking stations are fully suited to everyday use, designed to save space, and consist of high-quality, hard-wearing materials. Due to their modular construction method, units of different sizes can be combined for any specific occasion, and supplemented by sanitary stations. The size, model (cook shop, vendor’s tray, provisions rucksack) and equipment of the cooking stations are variable, depending on the wishes, creativity and initiative of their operators, to whom the Instant Cooking Service (ICS) is also offered as support for those setting up in business. Instant Cooking Service makes a number of Instant Cooking stations available, and takes care of their administration, possible conversion, maintenance and return. In addition, it provides support in a search for office and storage space, helps with applications for permits etc. including the necessary visits to public offices and departments, with the search for a suitable location, and with advance buying and product selection. When founding local networks, those setting up in business can also get help towards self-help from the Instant Cooking Service. Instant Cooking consciously chooses the path of artistic intervention with this service, in order to give youth groups, for example, or the socially weak a possibility to change their own situation.
nstant Help – Medical Care for the Homeless
Instant Help is an artistic, social intervention for the provision of basic medical care for the homeless and other urban nomads. The necessary equipment for basic medical care is accommodated in mobile, wheeled containers easily pushed and operated by a single person. The containers are constructed so that they can stand up to any demands made upon them during everyday use and can also be taken into places that are not easily accessible. Instant Help offers the instruments with which to fight a lack of medical provision and care for the homeless, guaranteeing medical treatment for those in need of assistance. The basic idea behind this concept is treatment on the spot and extensive, initial medical care with the prospect of future reintegration into the regular medical care system: if the patient won’t come to the doctor, the doctor must go to the patient. Instant Help makes it possible to identify and care for those affected on the spot. Through regular contact, it may be possible to reduce inhibitions and persuade the sick person to visit a doctor or a hospital. Instant Help is a first step towards integration into a normal health and social system. In addition to trained doctors, the Instant Help project can also be attended by paramedics and medical care staff. The funding and maintenance of the project are covered by donations of money and goods from companies and sponsors, as well as a development association.