• 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.

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    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.

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    A visit to Sorpa, recyciling station

    January 19, 2010 // No Comments »

    We went three times to visit one of Sorpa’s recycling stations in Reykjavik. The first time it was so cold that it was difficult to be outside and we did not film. We just photographed and one of the staff members introduced the station and the procedures to us. He had a really cheerful introduction which stuck in David’s mind. And later he insisted on going back to get an interview with this man. We returned later hoping to meet him but he was not there. We managed to describe him well enough to find out when he would be working again.

    So next time we visited Sorpa we met Sigurður Jónsson. He accepted to be interviewed and filmed while showing us around “no problem”. He answered our questions well, told us his thoughts about the environment and recycling and walked us around the area. Afterwards Sigurdur gave David a russian style leather and fur hat to keep him warm. A useful thing in the Icelandic cold but here in Mozambique it can serve as a decoration for good memories!

    It is interesting from the perspective of Maputo to look at how things are in Reykjavik. Iceland is around 20 years behind the other Nordic countries in infrastructural systems to protect the environment. Sorpa is just 20 years old and before that there was just a big garbage dump where everything was trown into one pile. People threw garbage on the streets like such an act was no problem. With a political policy and campaigns to change the mentality of the people things have improved fast, even though like Sigurður told us there still are way to many that do not care about their environmental impact. If such a policy would be taken in Maputo, system developed and awareness raised I am sure things could change very fast. I hope so!

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    Study trip to Bilene

    December 19, 2009 // No Comments »

    Bilene

    My class that I have been teaching this year is finishing their last year in school. Next year they will work outside the school in graphic studios in Maputo and beside that do their final project. They will come in to school once a week and I will work with them to prepare and develope their final project. The students are motivated to work and I hope for a challenging and interesting period with them.

    I am used to school trips through the school years and have great memories from such trips. This class had never had a trip together. After 5 years together I thought it would be great if we could do that. It is important to create good memories from the school years.

    I decided to get a permission to go for a study trip focusing on their final project. It is good for the students to begin to think about their final project before the holidays so they can use that time to collect material and develope their ideas.

    I got permission to go and we went to Bilene; the class with 14 students and professor Candido, me and Xadreque (the financial director).

    We were unlucky with the weather in the beginning. It was raining on friday when we left and also on saturday until around five o’clock. Mozambicans really dislike rain and it was hard to get them in the mood to work. But we managed to get some work done. The students presented their ideas for the final project and most of them already had their idea ready. The ideas were various. Some were basic graphic design projects like doing an identity and advertisement campaign for a cream, perfume, watch and a bank. Other were socially oriented; one student wants to work on racism and another one (a graffiti artist) wants to focus on public art/street art and its image. Here like probably everywhere, graffiti is looked upon not as an art and expression but sabotage and the artists do not have a space to create their work. He wants to change that. It will be interesting to see the results.

    When the rain stopped we decided to have a bomfire on the beach. We had to drive around to find the firewood but we found ladies selling nice wood. It was beautiful, stary sky, guitarplay and barbequed chicken. After we made a short visit to a little discoteque in a nice ‘barraca’ area.

    On sunday the weather was beautiful. Sun and warm. Some of the group went with a boat over the lake to the other side. Then we played and enjoyed life on the beach and it was difficult to decide to go home.

    We had great time and created nice memories. I will really miss having this class around me every day, a great bunch! Thanks for a great trip all of you!!

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    World Wide Views on Global Warming – Exhibition

    September 30, 2009 // No Comments »

    wwv_exhibition_rovuma

    Here are photos from the exhibition. It was a great success and we got compliments from all different parties. After working so hard at it we were of course very happy.

    The exhibition took place on the balconies in front of the meeting room where the World Wide Views meeting was being held. There were about one hundred Mozambicans attending the meeting. I like the fact that it was not in a gallery or a museum, the art came to the people instead of the people to the art.

    We want to to thank Østein from the Norwegian embassy, Carlota from Impacto, Joana from FDC, Victor our rector in ENAV, Umoja and Hotel Rovuma for making this possible. And it is worth mentioning that this is the first time that the MONOZI project that I work in and UMOJA collaborate. I have told my opinion that I think there should also be design students in UMOJA and I hope this work will open up for that possibility and more of prosperous collaboration.

    Here below is the text that we put up as an introduction to the exhibition.

    Fighting global warming and inventing new ways of living is a task for everyone.

    Designers play fundamental role in that task. They can influence how products are developed and what materials are chosen. They can decide not to create seductive material to sell products that are bad for the environment. Graphic designers have the power to use visual language to communicate problems and solutions.

    All around the world, designers and creative people are addressing the environmental challenge and developing sustainable designs that can exist in peace with nature.

    The students in ENAV had a week to produce this exhibition. They were given a lecture about global warming, watched films about the earth and the development of human behaviour and technology and there were many discussions around the topic.

    In the ideation period it was decided not to use materials that are bad for the environment. That led to the use of garbage as a source for creativity. Some of the artwork are beautiful objects and others are structures that use trash to communicate the problem we are facing.

    The students really enjoyed their work that has resulted in many other ideas that they did not have time to develop this time. Hopefully they will have further opportunity to continue to work on their ideas for addressing environmental issues.

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    Todo mundo tem de tomar parte na luta contra o aquecimento global e inventar novas formas de viver.

    Designers têm um papel importante sobre meio ambiente. Eles podem influenciar o que é produzido e quais os materiais que são utilizados. Eles podem decidir não criar material sedutor para vender produtos que são ruins para o ambiente.

    E designers gráficos têm o poder de usar a linguagem visual para comunicar o problema e soluções.

    Os alunos de ENAV teveram uma semana para produzir esta exposicão. Para aprender o conteúdo e ter ideias, tiveram palestra sobre a qual, falo-se do aquecimento global e viram os filmes sobre o globo e desenvolvimento de comportamento dos humanos e a tecnologia.

    No período de ideação foi decidido não usar os materiais que são ruins para o ambiente. Isso levou à utilização do lixo como matéria criativa. Algumas das obras são belas as coisas feitas de lixo e outros são estruturas que usar lixo para comunicar o problema que estamos enfrentando.

    Os alunos realmente gostaram do trabalho e vêem para a frente com muitas outras idéias que não têm tempo para fazer agora. Esperançosamente eles terão a oportunidade de continuar a desenvolver as suas ideias e desenvolver o interesse pelas questões ambientais.

    Todo mundo tem de tomar parte na luta contra o aquecimento global e inventar novas formas de viver.
    Designers têm um papel importante sobre meio ambiente. Eles podem influenciar o que é produzido e quais os materiais que são utilizados. Eles podem decidir não criar material sedutor para vender produtos que são ruins para o ambiente.
    E designers gráficos têm o poder de usar a linguagem visual para comunicar o problema e soluções.
    Os alunos de ENAV teveram uma semana para produzir esta exposicão. Para aprender o conteúdo e ter ideias, tiveram palestra sobre a qual, falo-se do aquecimento global e viram os filmes sobre o globo e desenvolvimento de comportamento dos humanos e a tecnologia.
    No período de ideação foi decidido não usar os materiais que são ruins para o ambiente. Isso levou à utilização do lixo como matéria criativa. Algumas das obras são belas as coisas feitas de lixo e outros são estruturas que usar lixo para comunicar o problema que estamos enfrentando.
    Os alunos realmente gostaram do trabalho e vêem para a frente com muitas outras idéias que não têm tempo para fazer agora. Esperançosamente eles terão a oportunidade de continuar a desenvolver as suas ideias e desenvolver o interesse pelas questões ambientais.
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    Pin-hole photography project

    September 10, 2009 // No Comments »

    Pinhole with Pringles

    Now we have a functioning dark room in ENAV but no cameras. But that does not stop us, we just make cameras!
    Alex, a photograper from England (which I have mentioned here before) has been working with me here in teaching photography and our first course was ‘Pin-hole photography’. The pin-hole cameras can be made of any box that keeps the light out and has a lid to put in and take out the paper. Then there is made a tiny pin-hole on the box that is uncovered when taking the picture. Basic knowledge, light and time, cheap and easy and the results are often really nice and go beyond the capabilities of the technologically perfect pictures of modern cameras.

    pinhole_1

    The project the students got for the course was to make a cd cover. They should select one song they liked, write down the lyrics and understand what it is about. Then sketch ideas of a pin-hole photo that communicates that music and try and get that photo on a paper. I think it is a nice to use music for this kind of project as it can be very abstract and sensational.

    Here is a link to an album of some of the pin-hole photos. After taking the photos they scanned them and have been developing them in the computer and designing the cd cover.

    Hopefully they finish that project next monday and then I will post the final covers.

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