• Archive for January, 2010


    January 30, 2010 // Comments Off on SALA DE GRAFICAS IN ENAV

    Soley and Cecilie discussing the future of the school in the new location. This is one of the two great rooms for graphic design. Now is time to fill them up with computers and cables and light table and cutters etc. etc.!

    ENAV – the college level art school that Soley works in is moving into new great premises in the oldest part of Maputo. It is very close to the original fortress built by the Portugese in the early days. The streets are narrow and sleazy actually, prostitutes stand outside some of the houses, but with the move of the school (and the dance school is also located in the same street) there is probably a strategy to repair the area. At least one sees lots of rebuilding activity there, banks and official buildings and shops.

    The school has mostly moved, there was an opening of the end of year show last month (see photos here) and now over the holiday the rooms have been filled up with all the gear for art and design education. My belief is that this is going to be a great location, where students and the old city will be interacting. The move is actually not very far, only 2-3 streets, but from one area to an other.

    It is going to be lots of work to prepare the graphic design workshop there because it involves so much technical know how and equipment. It will be interesting to see how much they manage to get and get done before the school starts in mid February

    The entrance for the students is up stairs to the second floor in this beautiful courtyard


    Posted in DORI BLOG

    Two days in London on the way home

    January 26, 2010 // No Comments »

    It is difficult go from Iceland to Maputo in one day, the flight connections are to tight. We had therefore a stop over in London and since we were stopping we decided on spending one extra day there. We got a cheap room for four at the Generator X hostel in Russel Square, the location is the important thing in London not the coziest hotel.

    We managed to do plenty in one day. In the morning we walked to Tottenham Court Road for shopping techno stuff; external hard drive, camera gadgets and more. After that it was intellectual stuff; art museums and bookstores. It is a great thing in London that the main museums have free entrance. We began to walk through the National Gallery on the way to south bank and Tate Modern. The national gallery exhibits the history, many of the old masters and the famous pieces that Rejao and David had just seen in the art history books.

    After a nice soup lunch on the south bank we went to Tate. There we went through tree big floors of 20th century art. More interesting for the guys, especially David that is working on establishing a contemporary art movement in Maputo called Bantu art.

    It is exhausting to go to museums so after Tate we just had to go to the hotel and rest. No energy for a night out in London, just a hamburger in a cozy english pub. And then to the airport early in the morning.


    Posted in Study trip to Iceland and Norway

    Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport

    January 24, 2010 // No Comments »

    The Blue Lagoon is the most visited tourist place in Iceland. It has therefore become an rule for Icelanders to take their visitors there to experience the lagoon like all the other tourists and of course it is quite a nice experience. I prefer the lagoon Dori designed in the north of the country, a more quiet place out in the middle of nowhere, but it is about 7 hours drive from Reykjavik so that was too far.

    These five weeks went so fast and suddenly it was the day of departure and we still hadn’t been to the Blue Lagoon. We managed to have a short visit on the way to the airport thanks to Sverrir, Dori’s brother. He was so kind to drive us to the lagoon and then to the airport. The lagoon was very nice and it is off season now so it was not crowded.


    Posted in Study trip to Iceland and Norway

    Africa Night in Cafe Cultura

    January 22, 2010 // No Comments »

    Poster: Co-design of Goddur, David Aguacheiro, Rejao de Carvalho.

    Straight after recording we went home to change and then to Cafe Cultura where David and Rejao had planned an Africa Night. Music and Dance.

    The Cirrus conference was invited as well as friends and everyone was welcome. Rejao began the night by singing and playing his songs and did a nice performance. After that they had decided on some traditional singing and dancing. Rejao was to tired after the recording earlier and the playing and did not have energy for the dance so those plans failed, exept for a little dance and clapping game that we did; Rejao, David, Andri and me. So proper african dance has to wait until next time in Reykjavik!


    Posted in SOLEY BLOG, Study trip to Iceland and Norway

    Rejao’s song: Menino da rua recorded

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    One of the side plans for the Iceland trip was to record a song that Rejao made some time ago called Menino da rua (The street boy). On friday the 22nd of January we went to the studio where Raggi (Doris nephew) and his band rehearse and record. Raggi was so kind to offer to record.

    Three musicians were recorded, Rejao, Andri and Fanney. And then later Raggi will add on the drums. In Maputo Rejao had asked Andri to make a guitar solo to play in the song which he did, a very nice one I think and they have practiced the song and played together for some months. In Iceland Rejao found the second voice that he needed for the song. Fanney, the daughter of my mothers spouse, that has been singing for some time accepted to sing along. She has a really nice voice and perfect for this song.

    David was in charge of video recording and photography, neccecary for the music video production and the graphic design and I was there to assist, buy pizza and coke… and tell my opinion every now and then.

    Vala and Emil came by to say hi and give their support and Þorir, Fanneys father stayed around for some time. A lively day and great to see how Rejao is growing as a musician.

    Raggi will now mix the song and send us. I look forward to hear the outcome.


    Posted in SOLEY BLOG, Study trip to Iceland and Norway

    A Cirrus conference in Reykjavik

    January 21, 2010 // No Comments »

    One of the main reasons we decided to go to Iceland was the Cirrus conference which was held in Reykjavik on 20. – 22. of January in Reykjavik. Cirrus is the network of art and design schools in the nordic/baltic area and Dori has been the director for the last 3 years. This was a teachers meeting focused on developing the design education, specially focusing on the MA (Master) and research.

    Dori and me had a parallel session about our DIG-Equality project (Design Innovation for Gender Equality) that we have been developing for the last two years, now in cooperation with the Iceland Academy of the Arts, The Oslo Academy of the Arts, the Gender Institute in the University of Iceland and Norsk Form: the norwegian design center.

    The thesis of the project is that “Design innovation can be an important catalyst for gender equality and diversity and should be used systematically for that purpose.” It is both a research and action project. The research part focuses on finding examples about designs that have in some way effected gender equality and the action part is about creating projects where designers and researchers on gender work together addressing specific issues.

    The project is still young and in the making. But there has already been done one research project within its framework about gender and kitchen design.

    The session was interesting and the group decided to make a simple preliminary blog page to begin the collection of examples of gender and design. Here is a link to the site. We hope that people will put examples there so the data base can begin to grow.


    Posted in SOLEY BLOG

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