Saturday, November 6, 2010

Class at Remida

The Remida Center is a place that collect recyclable material and uses it for art. They have classes and host school groups. It's a very cool place. It originated in Italy where they have many of these centers. The one in Trondheim is the only one in Norway.

Today they hosted a class for 4th and 5th graders on computer animation. Pam signed up Peter, and I took him today. He was less than excited about taking a class on a Saturday, especially since it would be in Norwegian. When we arrived, he commented "This looks like a graffiti artist studio!" and his attitude spun right around. He spent 15 minutes playing with the material, during which time a girl from the neighborhood he knows showed up. With only 12 kids signed up for the class, we didn't think we'd see anyone we knew. He had a friend, he had a room full of cool stuff, and then it was time to start class. "Awww.... we have to use computers?" he said. I've never heard him complain about using computers before – a sign that I'll need to get him back here to build stuff from their wonderful selection of parts.

He had a great time in the 5 hour workshop and can't wait to come back. I came to pick him up an hour early so I could meet other people at the center, and made 4 contact with people I might collaborate on art projects with. It was a great day for us both!

The Remida center doesn't look like much from the outside. It is located in Svartlam√łen, an industrial arts part of town close to the docks that reminds me very much of Sesame Street... a weird mix of urban, industrial, and hippie. Tough, but kid-friendly.

 The other side of the building hosts a very modern barnehage (kindergarten) which has art as its focus.

Here's a fascinating piece of art nearby... a wall of colored rectangles, each filled with sinks, appliances, doors, and other discarded materials now recycled into a beautiful installation. I love to see things like this! Trondheim sponsors many projects like this art installation and the class Peter attended, and now I know how to tap into this wellspring of creativity. Stay tuned for updates!

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