Digital Technology in Arts Education, DTAE, Bergen Norway

 

A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to both be part of and attend the conference Digital Technology in Arts Education DTAE, at Western Norway University of Applied Science, in Bergen Norway. Thanks to a Mobility Funding from the Nordic Culture Point we were able to go there and thanks to an invite from the conference we held a Slot Car Music workshop with the conference participants. A thoroughly inspiring conference, new acquaintances and beautiful surroundings.

 

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March and already April

 

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It has been a couple of hectic months and all of a sudden it was April. During February and March we hosted four Word Jams at Brunnen. We could have wished for more participants but other than that it were brilliant and creative events. At present we are evaluating and working with the reports for the funding we received.

Next time will be during the International Science Festival Gothenburg in May when we will guide six school-classes through the word-jam-jungle. That will be great fun!

During the festival we also host three events together with Brunnen all with a focus on hip hop and our exhibition Beats & Ord.

At the end of May we are of to Bergen, Norway, with Slot Car Music were we will participate in the conference Digital Technology in Arts Education.

Last but not least we have repainted Cat Eyed People’s Playground so that it is ready for take off in June.

Looking forward to 2017

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The last months have been hectic and a bit chaotic. But now with the end of 2016 approaching we can conclude that we did not win the lottery this year either but learned more than money can buy and had fun while learning (and lacking sleep at times).

2017 already have a bunch of dates crossed in the calendar – feels great!

To begin with Cat Eyed People’s Playground will stay at Masthuggskajen, at least for part of 2017, for how long we will know during January when the contract is signed.

WordJam will take place in Gothenburg during the first part of the year. Thanks to additional support from Pronto, City of Gothenburg, 2 or 3  Swedish WordJam will held before mid-April.

WordJam together with Beats & Ord will then be part of The International Science Festival Gothenburg May 8 – 19, both as a part of the School Programme and as a part of the Public Programme.

In the end of May Slot Car Music head of to Bergen, Norway, where Cat Eyed People will host a workshop at and participate in the conference Digital Technology in Arts Education.

At Cat Eyed People’s Playground the exhibitions and playfulness will continue and a new exhibition will open in the beginning of next year.

 

Inspirational trip to Bergen, Norway

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It is not only Helsinki we have had the opportunity to visit the past months. Thanks to a grant from the Nordic Culture Point we were able to visit Bergen in Norway for a week. In short was the goal of the visit to network and achieve knowledge on how to work more professional with experimental music and sound art.

Bergen is a beautiful city on the west coast of Norway, framed by mountains and on the rim of the fjords. It has an inspiring culture life and most prominent is the artists, academy and organizations who works with electronic art and music.

In Bergen we visited Østre a fabulous house that are focused on experimental music and sound based art practices. The house opened in 2012 as collaboration between Ekko and Lydgalleriet. Today they host concerts, exhibitions and art installations.  Østre still work in close collaboration with, and are home to, Lydgalleriet and Ekko, both of which we also got to meet.

Lydgalleriet is an artist run and experimental gallery for sound based art practices. Ekko is a non-profit organization working with experimental and electronic music. To us the organization is most well known for their festival of experimental and electronic music that takes place in the autumn each year. Great meeting with Østre’s CEO/manager, Inga Danielsen, the gallery director, Mei Szetu, at Lydgalleriet and the artistic director of the Ekko Festival, Asle Bakke Brodin. If you are in Bergen these places are treasures that you should visit.

We also got to meet Marieke Verbiesen at BEK, Bergen Center for Electronic Arts, a brilliant artist who works transmedial with web, animation and motion design in the field of electronic art. Strongly recommend visiting her webpage and checking out her work.

A meeting with Professor Scott Rettberg at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies at Bergen University gave a useful insight into the area of digital culture as well as his and his colleagues work with The ELMCIP Knowledge Base. ELMCIP is a fantastic initiative and a solid resource that can be used in a multitude of ways. Scott Rettberg’s own artistic work, that we got to talk a bit about, are truly inspiring as they take a stand in the current society and use human interaction in a literate way.

To summarize all the input, the inspiration and the thoughts that the stay in Bergen has evoked is hard. We realize that we need to focus on the parts that are important, put up some boarders and do our thing so to say. But also, and most important, keep our goals and not lowering them, stay true to our dream and visions.