We Still Carry the Fire (2013 - ongoing)

We Still Carry the Fire is a project that deals with human relationships to fire. It revolves around mobile kitchens that provide various opportunities for social interaction and cooking using fire.

The Bike Kitchen at Vinterviken, Erik Sjödin 2013

The bike kitchen offers seating for five and has five sets of plates, mugs and cutlery - a number common to Japanese tea houses. The stove that is fitted on the bike trailer is a tent stove that was originally developed to be used in disaster situations. The kitchen is also equipped with a small axe for making kindling and chopping wood and various utensils for cooking food.

The Rocket Stove Kitchen at Bergen Kunsthall, Erik Sjödin 2013

The Rocket Stove Kitchen has many similarities with The Bike Kitchen. However, through The Rocket Stove Kitchen I also explore various means of energy efficient cooking. The Rocket Stove Kitchen is equipped with a rocket stove and a pressure cooker and it has plates, cutlery and seats for three. As Henry David Thoreau put it: "one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society." The rocket stove was built by an american backyard manufacturer who marketed the stove using the slogan "For hot meals in hard times".

The Tin Can Kitchen at Rävudden, Erik Sjödin 2013

The Tin Can Kitchen is a set of two rocket stoves made of discarded tin cans. The small rocket stove is suitable for heating a pot of water. The larger one can be used to cook food. Both stoves are built following do-it-your-self instruction videos found on youtube. The stoves are fitted in a mobile wooden box together with plates, mugs and cutlery. The kitchen is suitable for cooking for one to two persons.

NOTE: It is generally not permitted to make fires in densely populated areas. Before making a fire: 1. Check with the fire department if it is allowed to make fire. 2. Don't make fires if it's windy, and dry. Then fires can spread very rapidly. 3. Always have fire extinguishing equipment close by. 4. Always be at least two person, in case something should happen. 5. Make sure you can call for help if there is an accident, for example with a mobile phone.

We Still Carry the Fire has been realized by Erik Sjödin. The rocket stove kitchen has been shown at Bergen Kunsthall (NO) in April 2013. The kitchens have also appeared at various locations in Stockholm (SE), including with Mare Liberum at Stockholm Culture Festival in August 2013 and an excursion with Interior Architecture students at Konstfack in November 2014.