You try to imagine how it will be to
be together with and work with a group of refugees in an Red Cross Center.
This week there has been there has been
14 art workshops.
Each refugee has chosen which art workshop
he or she would like to attend.
My art workshop was defined as follows:
"In January 2002 I will be a Visiting
Teacher in a project called "Stories, from ear to eye" where I will inspire
refugees to create a huge sculpture and make an exhibition of this
sculpture. Then they are artists, not refugees. At the same time I will
interview these new artists about their lives, print these stories and
put them inside the sculpture. The stories will be presented in an e-book
on my web site and preferably on Red Cross' web site too.
My idea is to make a huge sculpture
in simple shapes and bright colors, an optimistic sculpture and put
the refugees' bad memories inside the sculpture. Not to forget their past,
it can not be forgotten, bud to make a emblem in their minds, which will
pop up before or at the same time as the bad memories. The
e-book will be illustrated by a lot of pictures of the genesis of the sculpture.
The sculpture will be built of water proof materials in order to be exhibited
I know these are high ambitions,
but that is what art is for.
A part of the project is of course
to communicate this vision to the Danish Society - that is why we make
the exhibition. Jørgen Chemnitz, Red Cross Denmark and The Chairman
of the Cultural Board Bent Martinsen, Randers Municipality will be asked
to open the exhibition."
See my drafts of the sculpture
Wood plates 244 cm x 122 cm x
1,5 cm x 3 per box x 12 boxes
Wood laths 1,22 m lath x 8 each box
12 boxes (later altered to 12 lathes per box)
Painting (1,22 m x 1,22 m) x 6
surfaces x 12 boxes (twice)
Glue, screws etc.
To assure myself that these boxes were
not a figment of the imagination
I have made one sample box.
The result showed that it was possible
produce a durable box as a part of a
Some alterations of the design however
was made, the box became to big in size 122 x 122 x 122 cm and the
size was altered to 100 x 100 x 100 cm. Some procedures was altered too.
The day of workshop start was 14th January
4 young lads fully fitting the media's
descriptions of young refugees
entered the peristyle where the workshop
was to take place.
Elvis was the name of the most noisy,
loud screaming and with a self promoting attitude.
Abazi was the name of another young
lad with the sun glasses placed in the neck to look cool.
3 giggling girls stood in a corner by
Then came 9 men. Yes, this was the place
where the sculpture workshop should take place.
They entered quietly, they had a wait
and se attitude but without skepticism.
Morten and I had made drawings of the
in constructing the sculpture
Each box is made out of 3 wood plates
of the size 1,5 x 122 x 244 cm.
Use the 2 templets in 3 mm paperboard,
one templet size 99,9 x 99,9 cm to the button, top and sides, that
is 4 parts, and one templet of the size 99,9 x 96,9 cm for the two ends.
For each box you must use 8 latches
size 82,5 cm and 4 latches of the size 100 cm.
From the edge of the wooden plate to
the lath there must be 1,5 cm to make room for the sides.
"Bund og topplade", button
and top plate
"altid retside udad",
always the right side on the surface of the box