Monthly Archives: October 2012

Guest lessons in Naryan Mar

During the last week of October I gave several guest lessons at the Naryan-Mar Socio-Humanitarian College in the Northwest of Russia (www.nmsgc.org). I lectured not only about the NIVA TO NENETS project and the FOOD RELATED project, but also about Belgium and the Netherlands, and about the social function of art. After one of my presentations, the students wanted to make a group picture with my picnic blanket.

I made small creative questionnaires about the Lada Niva for these students, because I was curious to learn about their feelings for this car. So after my presentations the students filled in the booklets, which were handed out together with small Niva’s made from Belgium chocolate.

Mock-up Niva

A powerful artefact that illustrates the artistic approach of the NIVA TO NENETS project is a mock-up of the Lada Niva. This car made of wood and felt is used during the picnic-quizzes. People can sit behind it while pretending to drive the car. The Niva mock-up car has proved to be a strong artefact for the creation of interest, enthusiasm, imagination, joy and engagement. It has been the centerpiece in photo-shoots during which the temporary feeling of togetherness was strong.