Look What I Found!
In June 2015, the ninth grade class at Bøstad School in Vestvågøy, Lofoten participated in a three-day film and photography workshop directed by Lofoten Bygdefilmfest. The goal of the workshop was for the students to investigate the rich cultural and natural history around Borge in Vestvågøy, and document their experiences through the camera.
Back in the classroom, the students chose their best and most interesting photographs after discussion with each other and the workshop leaders. This resulted in an exhibition and a slideshow that incorporated the students’ spoken reflections on the experience.
Workshop Leaders: Acacia Johnson & Tor Edvin Eliassen
Concept & Producer: Aaslaug Vaa
The Seaweed Journey
During Easter of 2015, a dozen travelers came to Villa Lofoten to learn to collect and preserve seaweed. Linnéa Sjögren, Jonas Pettersson and Michael Roleda generously shared their knowledge about different types of seaweed, collection methods and preservation. Delicious meals were served, all with the taste of umami.
Linnéa and Jonas run Catxalot, while marine biologist Michael Roleda, born in the Philippines, works at NIBIO in Bodø. Food journalist Nina Frogneborn, from Sweden’s Radio, also participated. Click here to hear her radio report.
Workshop arranged by Catxalot and Villa Lofoten.
Transformation – Building Preservation, Architecture & Film
Kleivan in Vestvågøy is a fishing community worthy of restoring and preserving for future generations. Here, national cultural preservation authorities contribute to the preservation of a rorbu (fishermen’s cabin), a trandamperi (cod liver oil processing building), and a brygge, a pier. This group of buildings, after their restoration, will become a new home for both ecotourism and artistic and cultural productions. In an area where many people have moved away and traditional uses have faded, this building restoration and site development will foster new value, growth, and sustainable activities, bringing new life to the area.
In May 2015, eleven construction students from Vest-Lofoten High School participated in the workshop Transformation – Restoration, Architecture and Film at Kleivan. Students from the Architectural College in Oslo presented their studio project BANDS, which took place in the same location. The workshop students received a cultural-historical introduction to the fishing community and an introductory course in film production and film analysis. They participated both before and behind the camera at the construction site, and started their work with tearing up the floor and old stonework out of the brygge from morning to night. One of the hardworking boys said at the end of the workshop that the experience had been the most fun of his life.
Workshop Leaders: Cinematographer Tor Edvin Eliassen, artist Adeline Keunebrock, art historian Aaslaug Vaa, architect Uffe Black Nielsen and students at the Architectural College in Oslo.
The Whale’s Bones
Whales are animals that children and youth in Lofoten have a close relationship with. Since time immemorial, they have inspired countless stories, surrounded by mysticism and allure. A whale can be used as a powerful metaphor for how humans collect inner images from the deep, bringing them to the surface; it is a way to begin a story with a limitless potential.
In this workshop, the participants learned to write manuscripts, draw storyboards, act, and make a film. Beforehand, they were given an introduction to relevant literary texts: the Bible’s story of Jonas and the whale, and the novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville. The workshop leaders presented a framework for a story that the participants developed.
Workshop Leaders: Jørn Nyseth Ranum and Anders Øvergaard
Concept & Producer: Aaslaug Vaa
Living Clothes Hanger
As a part of Lofoten BygdeFilmFest 2014, a dance workshop was conducted at Kvalnes for the first time. Ten 18-year-olds developed a theatrical production and catwalk with a fashion collection based on recycled materials. Salt and coffee bags, old umbrella covers, and burlap sacks were transformed into jackets, skirts and purses. The collection is created by seamstress Bjørg S. Greiner, who was born and raised at Kvalnes but now lives in Alta.
Workshop Leader: Dancer Anne Katrine Haugen from Tromsø
Collaborator: Hålogaland Amateur Theatre