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.
I have finished making the MAD-faculty and SOCIAL SPACES logo’s….
– MAD-faculty (Media, Arts and Design, www.mad-fac.be) is the name of the art academy where I teach the topics participatory practices, interactive storytelling and research at Communication and Media Design (cmd).
– SOCIAL SPACES (www.socialspaces.be) is the name of the research group I’m in at the MAD-faculty. Together with my inspirational colleagues we explore and experiment with the social character of art, (new) media and design.
They truly deserve a good spot on the picnic blanket, because they support me in many ways! (for example, I am ‘free’ from teaching for 30% of the week to work on this PhD…)
Proudly showing my picnic blanket in Ittoqqortoormiit, East Greenland…
During a short stay in this lovely village I have added a seal made from local seal skin. Seal can be seen as the Greenlanders’ ‘daily bread’. If you notice how seals live their life and got shot to be eaten, it is almost impossible to feel sorry for them. They are very appreciated for their rich and healthy taste, and for their beautiful skin!