• 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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    People Prototypes and Service Design

    July 27, 2009 // Comments Off on People Prototypes and Service Design

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    We went to a theater performance workshop on Saturday run by our friend Pedro Manuel. The workshop was about role models, representation of characters and dialogue with public representatives. The young people come from different theater groups here in Maputo and were quite professional in their performance and delivered their presentations well. The aspect that interested me most in Pedro’s experiment was how they had to represent volunters from the audience and in that way try to understand the character and deliver a truthful representation to the audience. The actors were to take a short question and answer dialogue with the voluters and then answer questions from the audience about various issues, mostly political. Then in the end there was an election amongst the audience to select the representative people most liked. The idea was of course about how can someone represent a group in a democratic manner and the interfaces that happen from one person and group to an other. This is very relevant to what we deal with in design, where the designer has to represent the user through herself while testing prototypes. In service design prototypes are very often people or representations of people to test the services provided. My feeling is that service design has much to learn from the skills that are inherent in theater. I for myself, since I am brought up in theater, always when working on architectural models create scenarios and even dialogues in my projects so as to test the viability of my proposals on paper. Almost like when I was small playing ‘make belief’ life with Matchbox cars. The images show the actors and the election in the end that became a great spectacle.

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