HOY ÑOQUIS

WEBSITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION (antipodes café. Oslo, 2017.04.24)

“HOY ÑOQUIS” was a project about traditions and cultural alloy. It was performed until 2016 in several venues, including public and both open and closed private spaces. Last day of HOY ÑOQUIS there was also a one day exhibition at antipodes café DEG15 with gratis gnocchi of course. Part of this installation was presented in Brasilia at the beginning of 2017, during the exhibition “antipodes café visits Elefante“.

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In Uruguay and Argentina, there is a tradition of eating handmade gnocchi the 29th of each month, both in houses and in restaurants. In these last ones, as well as in pasta stores, those days they usually put a sign in the street with the text "HOY ÑOQUIS" (Eng. Today gnocchi).
Also as part of the tradition, in some places they put a coin (or even notes) under the dish, wishing for money.

This story -that has many versions as all good ones- perhaps should be started highlighting the travel of potatoes from South America to the rest of the world, starting with Europe after their invasion. Later on, poor farmers of northern Italy discovered that they can replace expensive wheat to create a new kind of pasta based on cheap and accessible potatoes, basically dumplings, called gnocchi (Eng. buns/lumps/little balls). This tuber crops has a strong relation with economical vicissitudes, saving from starving diverse populations around the world. Nordic countries knows quite well potatoes for that reason.

In late XIX and beginning of XX centuries, both Argentina and Uruguay where under exponential growth in all senses. But in these times, Europeans weren't in best situation, and particularly Italians flew in millions to those places escaping from economical crisis and wars. Those nations where young and defining their identity on daily basis, and this massive immigration radically affected that construction "through a policy of very strong cultural syncretism." In fact, "there are many Italian traditions that Argentinians [and Uruguayans] keep which are almost not existent in Italy." * One of them is to eat gnocchi the 29th of each month. A simple dish for wishing for prosperity.

Felipe, born in Uruguay has in his family tree those Italians roots that allowed him to have Italian nationality. And thanks for those papers, he could move to Nordic countries without too many complications as if he arrived just as South American.

Since he moved to Norway, impressed by:

  • the short time that the old Kingdom behaves as a totally independent nation,
  • its quite recent extreme economical richness
  • history of extreme poverty -not so far in time, still present in many gestures of raw simplicity and austerity-
  • the potato is easily cultivated in Norwegian climate and soil.
  • role of potatoes in history, saving population in hard times such as during Napoleonic wars or WWII, both in dishes and in glasses.
  • the displacement of potatoes towards modern imports such as rice, pasta and noodles.
  • the strong policy against immigration
  • the apathy towards the foreign, certified by the law of Jante from 1933
  • the incredible tradition of eating taco on Friday nights,

he started cooking gnocchi sporadically the 29th -and last years on each one- in gathering with the aim of talking about traditions.
Venues and amount of visitors where different from meeting to meeting, but gnocchi where always served gratuitously. During 2016 "HOY ÑOQUIS" gatherings were supported by Oslo Kommune, Bydel Gamle Oslo. (Frivillighetsmidler 2016)

2016

From February till November 2016, we developed 10 gatherings related to the project"HOY ÑOQUIS" at antipodes café DEG 15. First one was just by invitation, the rest were public events. Last one was also an exhibition, and part of this installation was presented in Brasilia at the beginning of 2017, during the exhibition "antipodes café visits Elefante".

More than ten thousands gnocchi were served gratuitously to many visitors arriving thanks to the promotion via email newsletter, our Facebook page, outdoor sign, or just dropping by. Many times visitors participated in the preparation, serving, taking pictures, cleaning and of course in talks about traditions.


SUPPORT

Bydel Gamle Oslo — Frivillighetsmidler 2016

THANKS

Losæter
Herbanists

Juan Manuel Alonso (UY/IT)
Sunniva Melbye (NO)
Debbie Scanlan (UK)
and all visitors ♥♥♥

2015

Public space (Square)

2015.08.29

In the frame of the study trip “Grupo de Viaje”, students from the Faculty of Architecture of Uruguay travel around the world visiting many cities and architectural masterpieces and taking part in previously coordinated lectures, classes and workshops.

During their visit to Oslo, we were invited to give a lecture to them about our past works and modality. So we coordinated with Kulturhuset i Oslo who kindly support us opening their place early morning for this activity, and later we crossed street and we took several tables to prepare and serve ñoquis gratuitously to students and all those who want to join.

During the lecture students peeled the potatoes, some of them from the urban farm Losæter, located in Bjørvika Oslo.


THANKS

Kulturhuset i Oslo
Losæter
Grupo de Viaje 2015, Farq (UY)

Private space -open- (Restaurant)


2015.11.29
With the idea of making a day of gratis food in the expensive area of Oslo branded as "Barcode", we proposed the owners of the new restaurant/pub "Vesper" to develop a day of "HOY ÑOQUIS" in their place as a pilot experience for a possible future.  We prepared gnocchi following a receipt by the Uruguayan chef Juan Manuel Alonso with the great help from both chefs at the restaurant.We promoted in the area with some flyers, an event on our Facebook page and a poster in the street, and as it was a cold dark Sunday in a quite empty area of the town, we expect no one to come, but on the contrarily we ran out of gnocchi in such a great gathering.

Let's talk about traditions.


THANKS

Vesper Gastrobar
Juan Manuel Alonso

Private space -close- (House & Studio)

2015.(01,03,04,07,09,10,12)

In addition to the gatherings at Youngstorget and Vesper Gastrobar, during 2015 we prepared and shared gnocchi in our house at DEG24 and in our studio located in Kampen. Gatherings were promoted with public events in our Facebook page.

2012 > 2014


SUPPORT (2016)

THANKS

Kulturhuset UT
Vesper Gastrobar
Losæter
Herbanists

Juan Manuel Alonso (UY/IT)
Sunniva Melbye (NO)
Debbie Scanlan (UK)
Iker Tolosa (DSS2016EU)
and all visitors ♥♥♥