• The graphic studio

    April 21, 2010 // No Comments »

    There is an extreme change of working situation in ENAV now. The school has moved to another building in Rua Bagamoyo, one of the oldest streets in Maputo. In the day the institutions and shops are open but in the night this is the sad street of prostitution.

    For some of the departments the change is not good. The building is smaller than the former one and the working situations difficult. The design department is a lucky one. We have two big air conditioned rooms, one filled with computers for design work and the other with focus on film and animation. The change from teaching in a small and to warm room with four old mini-macs to a big room with 15 new imacs is enormous.

    We, the teachers place emphasis on the fact that it is the creativity, design thinking, understanding of visual language and forms, composition and framing that will make a good design. But in the computer and internet age it is important to have access to computers and time to practice. Instead of being four students on each computer, fighting about the minutes each spends, each student has an open access to a computer when needed. Today I begun teaching web design. First task is to open a simple wordpress site.


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    Sem Balança (Out of balance); Dance and visual communication about global warming and the environment

    March 17, 2010 // No Comments »

    The last two weeks I have been in the north of Mozambique, first Pemba and then Quelimane along with Kristine my colleague here teaching in the dance school, Vintani dancer in the National Dance Company and David, a graduate student in ENAV. We have been running two one week workshops in dance, design and scenography (promotion, photography, video) ending in a dance and film show. It has been a great time and very successful. Lots of challenges to face and huge experience for us.

    In the FK program me and Kristine are working within there is a budget which the participants can apply for to do a project they develop and want to realize. We applied with a common project and got as well a support from MONO; a new ‘Mozambique-Norway’coopearation project that the Norwegian embassy here in Maputo supports.

    We had all kinds of ideas when developing the project and one of the things we decided on early in the process was to do a project outside Maputo. Maputo is a lively city with all kinds of workshops, shows and possibilities but outside the capital theactivity is limited.

    The project we decided on and developed we call Sem Balança; dance and visual communication about global warming and the environment.

    The idea is to use the artforms to address this topic. We contacted the House of Culture in Pemba and Quelimane to have the workshops there. Both have active dance groups and they were exited about our visit.

    Pemba. Topic: Garbage. Dancing in the garbage and interviewing people about the problem

    It was 5 days workshops ending in a show the last day. The first day of the workshops we showed films and lectured about global warming and the environmental challenges in the world and had discussions. The participants then defined a local problem to focus on in the workshop. In Pemba they decided to address the huge garbage problem in the city and in Quelimane in Zambezia the focus was on deforestation and the silence of the people. The participants were divided in groups of dance and design. The dance choreographies and the scenography and visuals were about the topic they chose.

    The name of the project Sem Balança is taken from a sculpture David made in a workshop in relation to the World Wide Views on Global Warming meeting in Maputo. (The Picture on the poster above is of that sculpture)

    As I have written about here I have been doing projects with my students about the environment. After the exhibition I got a support to take two of my students, David Aguacheiro and Rejão de Carvalho, along to Iceland and Norway over christmas for a study trip focusing on global warming and environmental affairs. Their task was to do a documentary and animation work about this. We did not manage to finish that work before leaving for this project but they will present their work soon after we are back.

    In the end of january and begining of february we put plans for the Sem Balanca on full speed because the project had to happen in march. Both of us were hoping to be able to take at least 2 students along. I planned to take finalists that could do their final project in relation to this project. But the budget was only enough for four persons total. Vintani Nafassi, a really talented dancer from the National Dance Company and a great teacher, came along for the dance part and David Aguacheiro came with me for the design and scenography part. For him this is a continuation of the study trip. He has been working on this subject for the last 2 months and had a loto f useful material. This project is the basis for his final project. He has as well participated in several projects doing video-art combined with contemporary dance and had therefore enough experience to teach with me.

    Here is the Project description

    I will soon post more about the workshops in Pemba and Quelimane. In the meanwhile here are links to the photo albums on Facebook, Pemba, Quelimane.


    Posted in Sem Balanca; Dance, design and global warming, SOLEY BLOG, Soley work in ENAV

    Is this because of global warming?

    February 12, 2010 // No Comments »

    David and Rejao have been working everyday in my home on editing and finishing the final work of the Study trip. In Iceland and Norway we did not want to spend to much time in front of the computer editing, but use time to collect material and experience. Here in Maputo we have also been collecting interesting material to join with the material from the north.

    Here above are some photos from the beach on the way to Costa do Sol. The sea is destroying the trees and the road in one place. Is this because of global warming? We hope to interview professor John Hatton, a specialist in environmental affairs, and we will ask him about this situation by the coast.


    Posted in Study trip to Iceland and Norway


    February 5, 2010 // Comments Off on COURSE IN AFTEREFFECTS AND FINAL CUT AT HOME

    Atanasio, Gildo, Soley, Rejao, David and Dagmar.

    Dagmar Duportail, a Belgian film maker, has been so helpful to come around today to give the interested students a crash course in the two software programs that are really needed for film and animation. Poor Dagmar landed in walking into Nucleo last Sunday and met me and now he is badly involved in helping out. Here is a picture from our ‘home’


    Posted in DORI BLOG, Soley work in ENAV


    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

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