We had a great workshop with peoples from Absolut Company. Starting with one hour talk about streetart and graffiti in general, and the scene in Stockholm in particularly. Then some hands on spraying together before we met up at night for a StreetArt-walk in Stockholm, ending with some mysterious drink at the tours end station, Atlasmuren.
We were invited by The Swedish Students Association‘s festival “Ung & Dum” to have a talk on the subject “Creativity” and a creative workshop in Gävle. 200 students were attending over the weekend to have loads of workshops and lectures on matters such as working against racism, changing the grownup’s often degrading views on youths and how to make youths more equal to adults.
We left Oaxaca town for the first time to go outside on a fieldtrip to have a workshop in an shady suburban part. We have asked for the name numerous times of where we were going to be able to tell others, the answer has always been “garbage place”. Which we have found a bit confusing.
Now we know better. The place is literally on a garbage disposal site. We guess most of the Oaxacan garbage ends up there, gets sorted for some last time, saw huge bundles of plastic bottles everywhere, and then dumped on the adjacent mountaintop.
The place’s real name was Colonia el Bicentario, and is an occupied strip of land where a bunch of peoples have settled down and live. Red flags wave everywhere. Upon arriving we the peoples where doing community work fixing the roads together. We were invited for some tortillas and took the time to do an interview with ASARO.
Mario works in this place and has some kind of workshops with some kids that were all so happy to see us. They were all equipped with pencils really eager to start. They had a pretty nice tin-schack that they use as their cultural center and we taught the kids how to make stencils and had a mission for everyone to make one’s own symbol. Then we all painted the house together and it became a really good, joyful and giving day. The kids really made an impact on us. So humble, greatfull and artistically skilled!
Sunday was the big day! We left Oaxaca town for the first time to go outside on a fieldtrip to have a workshop in an shady suburban part. We have asked for the namme numerous times of where we were going to be able to tell others, the answer has always been “garbage place”. Which we have found a bit confusing.
It’s summer and summertime means camp-time! Going on year 13 for Kollektivet Livet, and certainly one of our most giving and appreciated “projects” as usual. This summer we will have 5 camps running from june all the way to august for children with special needs. See earlier post for more info: Pluton Kärlek
This summer was the start of a new mission for us. For the Foundation Jiddra Inte, we ran a new summercamp for disadvantaged youths.
The foundation funded the week and together with local entrepreneurs made this possible.
To write about this week is quite hard. It is hard for me to find the right words. But shortly, it was an amazing process, where so many positive things happened and loads of change was born. In such a short time…
Hopefully this collaboration with Jiddra Inte will expand and we can provide more and longer camps like this.
Physically the exhibition consists of four specially-produced spatial works of art and five stations for making discoveries and enjoying new experiences. The works of art and the stations are placed in a room-like environment in which the flooring elements, lighting, sound system and set designs work together to create their own “world” to investigate.
Through this world the visitor makes a journey across the landscape of Sweden from morning to night, from the core of the earth out into space, from pre-history to the future by way of the present day. The stations are timeless guides to the exhibition landscape whose figures are borrowed from various ancient geographical markers from the mountains of the north to the fertile soil of Österlen in the south.
The exhibition gives a picture of prehistoric times as a rich world of imagination and knowledge, a world with as many differences as similarities and a world that we know only from traces and fragments. But also a world that is all around us in the countryside as well as in the towns if we only know what to look for. The future is portrayed in the exhibition in an optimistic fashion, being shown as possible to influence.
Experts on prehistory and the future use signs and methods to arrive at conclusions and to draw lessons, firm convictions and confidence. They both move like travellers in a changing landscape. Can we dig up and create understanding for our prehistoric world in its entirety?
Is it possible to achieve a correct model in order to predict the future? Just as with the experts, the imagination and inventiveness of the visitors is central to understanding. Like large rooms, the artworks in the exhibition offer insights into different realities that are just as “true” as those in the curiosity stations.
We used a Microsoft Surface and developed an “invention-game” as well as an hacked X-Boc Kinect to create a time-travel-window.
We have an ongoing project with Riksutställningar (The Swedish Travelling Exhibitions) and Historiska (The Museum of National Antiquities) which will be ready in February 2011. The show is called “The journey back and forward”. As kids between 6-11yrs are the targetgroup, they are also important in forming the exhibition, and hence, we visited Visby, Gotland, for a workshop.
During the workshop we wanted the kids views on 2 matters. 1. How would their life look in prehistoric times and in the future.
To visualize this everybody choose their favourite summer-memory and illustrated it on a wall, looking like a stonewall, in a prehistoric interpretation, a todays interpretation and a future one. Doing it large on a wall together prevented to much hiding and thinking, and instead everybody got going directly and simultaneously shared ones thinking. 2. Important upcoming inventions.
Our part of the exhibition is about knowledge. We have defined development as knowledge about one thing + knowledge about another thing x imagination = inventions/development. We described this to the kids and then let them add knowledge they have about various things important to them, to make new inventions.
During the last 12 years we have been working at a summercamp in the Stockholm Archipelago, named Ängsholmen. This is where we who today run Kollektivet:Livet’s Produktion met and it has become a strong tradition for us. Not only is it a place where kids grow with all the fun Camp is, so do we. While other companies spend loads of money and effort in teambuilding and Kick-Offs, we gather all this experiance here every summer and continuously broaden our network of creative, open-minded and skilled people. We also develop our own personas, playfulness and broadens our perspectives as well as stay in contact with the youth of today.
In 2007, we comenced a collaboration with Värmdö Kommun encouraging children with special needs caused by different disabilities to come out and enjoy this summercamp. We believe a disability is not a disability if we work together and during these years we have done many things first not thought possible.
In addition to our own personal development through these summers and years, we have all become experienced teambuilders, skilled sailors, qualified high altitude-workers, good organizors and pedagogical and trusted leaders.
As mentioned, this has become a tradition of ours and something we are strongly devoted to. If you whish to join us, have someone in your family would like too join or have any questions regarding this feel free to contact us!