• 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


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

    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

    Work begins

    January 3, 2010 // No Comments »

    Our work location is in the Iceland Academy of the Arts. We got the keys to the media lab in the design department and access to the equipment there.

    On Monday the 28th, the first work day after Xmas, we went there in the morning and began to plan our work and program while here in the North. Over the holidays it is difficult to go for visits or have meetings/workshops with designers. So we concentrated on collecting material and generally do what is possible while people are on holiday and most places closed. The day after we went to Sorpa, the Reykjavik recycling company. We took all our cans, plastics and bottles there and received 700 kronur in return. We filmed and talked to the people working there and got explanations about how things work. There is one container there where people put stuff that is still functioning and valuable. That is sent to a shop named Góði hirðirinn (The Good Shepheard). So, after the recycling visit we went directly to the shop and David and Rejao liked it a lot. It is a second hand shop with all possible things for a cheap price. On the 30th we went to the Reykjavik Rubbish Dump in Álfsnes where all the garbage from Reykjavik is buried underground and we shot some videos and photos to keep as record of the activities there.

    Then we were in holidays again, the end of the year celebrations. We enjoyed good food, fireworks and parties. Although on a mozambican scale things were very calm. Sitting for hours at the table eating and drinking without dancing until very much later. To David and Rejao, this was a very strange way to celebrate.

    On the 2nd of January in the new year we travelled to Búðardalur, West of Iceland, for one night. It is beautiful there and calm… which means hardly anyone else was in the vicinity. We visited a farm close by the house we were staying in (a kind of a second house owned by friends). The only people living there are the farmers, Guðmundur and Halla, and their son and his friend (Raggi, Doris cousin) were visiting. For Mozambicans this is not possible. To live without a crowd of people and lots and lots of kids all around!


    Posted in Study trip to Iceland and Norway

    A study trip to Iceland and Norway

    December 19, 2009 // No Comments »


    Two of my students Rejão and David will come with us tomorrow to Iceland for five weeks over the christmas. They will go for a study trip and the task is to make documentary work; film and animation about environmental issues. Rejão is a talented illustrator and a growing animator and Davids talents lie within film, collage and conceptual work. We are hoping that they will make a good team with these different talents and the collaboration will bring out something interesting. They have already started to collect material here in Maputo and have made a short video art-work that they like to present there north. They have been focusing on garbage and pollution. These students are talented and work hard.

    The project is supported by the FK program I am in on behalf of Kulturskolen i Fredrikstad and ENAV, the school I work in. The Iceland Academy of the Arts supports the project by offering facilities and teachers.

    Here is the description of the project and below is a pdf documents with the project description in english and portuguese to download:

    Today it has become an undisputed fact that the whole world has to deal with a large environmental problem. Global warming is on the increase and an endless production of things can not be sustained. To turn to a more sustainable lifestyle it is necessary to be creative in communicating the problem and designing new ways of living. Designers and artist have the skills to motivate and open peoples eyes in a creative and effective way. Their work is to design our daily things and select materials and sources. An essential part of the environmental impact that products generate, is decided on the design stage.
    This project is inspired by the work the students of ENAV did in relation to the World Wide Views on Global Warming meeting that took place in Maputo. The Students worked for one week creating an exhibition about global warming in front of the hall where the meeting took place. The weeks before the students were given lectures about global warming and shown films to gain a better understanding about the subject matter.
    The students became very inspired and interested in continuing to work with environmental issues. A group of students called Bantuart is now finishing a project description of a street performance they want to make about global warming. Other students have also presented some ideas.
    Hopefully it is possible to establish an interdisciplinary environmental group in the school where students in design, art, ceramics and textiles will work through the year on different projects addressing environmental issues. There are many things to address and opportunities to participate in national and international events dedicated to the environment.

    The project
    The studytrip is meant to be an inspiration to the students in ENAV. Two students will travel to Iceland and Norway for one month. These students have a growing and promising competence in film, illustration and animation and therefore the ability to communicate their experiences in a creative way.
    The students will visit places that are related to environmental issues, for example recycling and waste management. They will meet designers that work in a sustainable way and have workshops with professional people within design, film and art to train and improve their competence.
    During the month before the trip the students will work on research in Maputo. They will record and collect visual material to take along and work with while on the trip in the medialabs provided.

    Objectives and goals
    Increasing the competence of the students that will travel.

    Produce material that can be valuable for the Mozambican society.
    To inspire the students of ENAV to address environmental issues in a creative way.
    Transfer of knowledge and know-how in tackling environmental challenges.

    A film/animation from the material collected in the trip.

    A presentation of the trip and their experiences.
    Other material will depend on the ideas that will come up during the process.

    MONOZI (An FK supported program):

    Kulturskolen i Fredrikstad
    Escola Nacional de Artes Visuais

    Teachers, DogS:
    Soley Stefansdottir. Working as an FK participant in Maputo
    Halldor Gislason. Developing a cooperation between ISAC; the new Art and Design Academy in Mozambique and KHiO; Oslo National Academy of the Arts
    Iceland Academy of the Arts (Provides facilities and teachers)

    David Pinto Calvo Aguacheiro, graphic design student in ENAV
    Rejao David de Carvalho, graphic design student in ENAV

    Project description
    descrição do projecto


    Posted in Soley work in ENAV, Study trip to Iceland and Norway

    Leaving Oslo

    February 10, 2009 // No Comments »

    Leaving is easier than arriving. At last our things are gone into a container and off over the ocean. It has been lots of work to decide where everything goes, but it is good regularly to re-evaluate the overloaded Western home. We have lived a non-Ikea life, maintaining that it induces unsustainability. People look at what is for sale and think: “Its ok to buy it, we will throw it away later!”
    We have come to the conclusion that living in experiences is more fulfilling than living with things, but alas . . . we still have too many things. It is most difficult to deal with the vices: books and books, papers and tools for making things. But of course today life is impregnated with gigabytes, rearranging backups and servers to make sure that we will have access to our ideas stored in gigabytes. But, what a relief to live simpler for a while – until things start arriving at us like flies to a cows shit in the field.


    Posted in DORI BLOG, Dori reflections

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