• Archive for November, 2009

    Inspirational lecture in relation to the final project next year

    November 29, 2009 // No Comments »


    The aim of the graphic design department in ENAV is to graduate students that are capable to work as graphic designers and have the technical knowledge to execute such work. It is a challenge with the very limited equipment we have but we try to manage. In the final project they have to show that they have all the basic knowledge needed work as graphic designers.

    The defense of the finalists this year was very weak, only two of the 12 students created acceptable work. Next year my students will do their final project. I hope for good work and I think they are in the mood of working well and show that they can be professional.

    The last week of school I decided to invite a designer from outside to talk to the students about their final work and inspire them to begin to think about what they want to do. Ivo Jambane, a graphic designer here in Maputo came and talked to them about visual communication and campaigns. The Friday after we went to Bilene for a weekend trip. The reason for the trip was two fold; on one hand as a study trip, where each student should present their ideas about the final project and on the other hand, an end of semester school trip to create nice memories for a class that has been together for 5 years. We had a great time and I will write about the trip and put photos soon.


    Posted in Soley work in ENAV


    November 25, 2009 // No Comments »


    The logo and startup of the event

    The Centro Franco-Mozambican is running a series of photo exhibitions and events to promote the art and I guess the environment in Mozambique. I went to the first such event tonight and saw the work of four local photographers. We were to give marks afterwards and put in a ballot box. The winner receives a great new camera. It was great to see the subject matter in the photos and how the matter is framed. One might even send in a collection for next time, they might like the pics.

    6A crowd watching the presentation

    1Maimunda Adams (the lady on the left of the photo) is the director of the department of visual arts in ISAC. She participated with some inspiring photos, experimenting with light and atmosphere. The man in the blue shirt is Georges Diaz, who works in the Museum of Modern Art in Maputo and teaches at the art school.


    Posted in DORI BLOG

    Kristine and Soley 65 years old together

    November 2, 2009 // No Comments »


    I had birthday the 21st of october and Kristine the 28th, so we decided to celebrate the 65 years together (36+29). This idea of joining the years is not known here and our friends here did not get the idea.. who was getting 65, which of us was 65? how was that possible?

    We had all kinds of ideas; camping on the beach in Catembe and party all night around a fire, reclaim an old and dirty house in Jardim Tunduro by getting our friends to help cleaning, fixing and painting it and then have a party, renting some place like the scandinavian school, Casa Velha or Casa Makamo. Ideas can be good but to complex to execute so the easiest way was to rent a place in Maputo where the food would be made and served.

    The cheapest and the nicest place like that was Casa Makamo. We had a deal of a party for 50 people, dinner served but people should bring drinks. It was hard, we had a guest list with around 80 people so we had to cut and cut of the list.

    The birthday was from 15.00 – 00.00. The wether was beautiful and great to be able to begin the party in daylight and sun. The mozambicans are not really punctual so we discussed back and forth how to get them to show up so early… even if a party starts early it is common that people show up around eight or nine in the evening. We put up a program with a welcome drink at 15.00… alcohol is always tempting… and then there was a surprise at 16.00 and food at 17.00, then at least people would show up at five to eat.

    We were late and in a stress finishing the letter that each guest should get when arriving, a description of a game that they would participate in. The problem with norwegians and swedes is the opposite of the mozambicans; they come exactly on time! So there is no buffer to finish of the last things!! :)

    Of course the program was delayed, the game was postponed until after the dinner which was just delayed for half an hour, people were hungry! The food was great and we can praise Casa Macamo for that and recommend their service.

    After dinner the game started. People were told to open their letters. There they could read about the game; Who has got talent in Maputo?! and in wich group they were. People were divided into groups of painting, music, dance, drama, installation and free method and should create an artwork about Culture Crash and present later on. They had to find the others in their group and had half an hour to finish. Everyone went into groups and started working on ideas, it was great to watch how enthusiastic the groups were and people seemed to enjoy it.

    Afterwards the desert was served and the jury took it’s seat. The jury was a serious bunch; Dori, Andri, Vintany, Hallgrímur and his friend and the head waitress of the evening. I realized when the jury sat down that there were only male and that should never be allowed. Everyone had taken part in the game and me and Kristine wanted to be impartial so we forced one lady of the catering gang to join the jury!

    The winners of the night were the drama group. They set up a play which compared a mozambican shapa (minibus) and a european bus. A great performance.

    Then there was dancing of course. Mozambican people know how to party! It is really not possible to have a boring party here. They are the best dancers I have met, everyone here knows how to dance and  the energy is amazing. I really love this culture and the people here.

    We were very happy with the party! Thank you all our great friends for coming and making it such a nice day.


    Posted in Soley life in Maputo

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