• Great news: Recycling in Maputo!

    June 3, 2010 // No Comments »

    One of the difficult things of moving from Oslo to Maputo was changing the ‘garbage habits’… In Oslo we separated all our garbage and took to recycling station close by. We even had a separate bin for paper in front of our building. Separating and recycling garbage also effected our consumption. Separating the garbage makes one more aware of the amount of it and when it takes an effort to throw you also think about buying less and collecting less garbage. Our criteria for selecting products were among other things, if it could be recycled and the less packaging the better. We had the policy of leaving the packaging garbage in the store, only taking the product itself home (hoping the store would push the producer to reduce packaging).

    It is great that this option is now available in Maputo. AMOR; Associação MOcambicana de Reciclagem has opened three recycling stations. First task is to organize more garbage bins at home and get the trip to the recycling station into the busy everyday life! I will start today. Lets all do that!

    Here below is the announcement from AMOR and a map of the location:
    Caros residentes de Maputo,

    A Associação Moçambicana de Reciclagem (AMOR) vem por este meio informar da abertura de tres “eco-pontos” na cidade onde podem deixar o vosso lixo seleccionado em sacos (de segunda a sexta das 8h as 16h). A AMOR recolha todos resíduos como papeis, papelão, plásticos, latas, garrafas de vidro e e-waste.
    Os resíduos serão pago por kilo consoante o tipo de produto. Em breve, sera organizado uma recolha gratuita dos seus recicláveis nos perímetros dos “eco-pontos”. Os “eco-pontos” sao contentores verde nas zonas de Coop, Museu e Baixa.

    Dear Maputo residents,

    The Mozambican Recycling Association (AMOR) is please to inform you the opening of three “eco-points” in the city where you can deposit your selected waste in bags (monday to friday from 8am to 4pm). The AMOR collects all residues like paper, cardboard, plastic, cans, glass bottles and e-waste.
    All waste will be paid per kilo regarding its category. Shortly, we will put in place a free collection within the perimeter of the “eco-points”. The “eco-points” are green container in the areas of Coop, Museu and Baixa.
    A.MO.R. (Associação MOcambicana de Reciclagem).
    Stephane Temperman; Presidente, +258 84 46 177 64.
    Antoine Bossel; Vice-presidente, + 258 82 30 399 11
    6865, Julius Nyerere, Hulene, Maputo, Moçambique.
    More details:

    Prices for material delivered to the “eco-point”:

    paper categories:
    white paper = 0.75 Mt per kg
    other paper (newsprint, magazine, dead-archives) = 0.3 Mt per kg
    Must be packed in bags.

    oil cans, drinking cans, sprays, food cans, paint cans = 0.75 Mt per kg
    Must be packed in bags.

    Plastic bottles, buckets, plastic bags, chairs, soap bottle, … = 1.2 Mt per kg
    plastics must be free of fiber, and packed in bags.

    Any kind of cardboard = 0.3 Mt per kg
    must be stacked in bales


    Posted in Soley life in Maputo

    Photographing Valdemars paintings

    May 20, 2010 // No Comments »

    Valdemar, one of the graduate students is a painter. His final project in the graphic design course in ENAV is doing identity for himself and the graphic design material for his exhibition. Dori and me went to his home to help him to photograph his artwork. He is looking for possibilities to make the exhibition a reality.

    On the photos are some examples of his art and his workplace.


    Posted in SOLEY BLOG, Soley work in ENAV

    Dinner with the FK participants in Maputo

    May 18, 2010 // No Comments »

    We had a nice dinner with Thore Anton Bredeveien, consultant in FK (Fredskorpset) and the FK participants here in Maputo. The FK participants in Maputo are Kristine, Tadzo (she was unfortunately sick) and me in the MONOZI project of Kulturskolen i Fredrikstad. Zeze and Kristina (also unfortunately sick) in a cooperation between KHiO (Oslo National Academy of the art) and the CNCD (The National Company of Dance in Mozambique). And Pal that is working for a norwegian engineer company, a bit different kind of FK project where the participants have normal salaries and facilities paid by the company but go through the FK system. We also had an FK visitor from Botswana working in the same project as Pal.

    Thore also came for a visit to our balcony to have a meeting with Dori and Karina about a possible FK program between the new ISAC academy and KHiO his school in Oslo.


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    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.


    Posted in Soley work in ENAV

    Sem Balança Documentary

    April 6, 2010 // No Comments »

    Since coming home from the Sem Balança project we have been finishing off the project rapport (will post soon) and organizing the material. David´s final project in the graphic design course in ENAV is about Sem Balança and he has been working on the first draft of a documentary about it. Here is the result: Sem Balança documentary


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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.


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