CREATIVE LAB


‘Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.’ Albert Einstein

Letters to the World Trondheim


After our successful workshop and art installation in Kristiansand last summer, WCU arranged the last “Letters to the World” workshop and exhibition of 2017 at the public library in Trondheim (Folkebiblioteket). The two days workshop  event took place at the public workshop (Folkeverkstedet) and a little exhibition will remain until Christmass holidays break.

We shared WCU experiences with participants of all ages who came from different countries (Croatia, Rumania, Turkey, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Bolivia, Norway, Siria, Palestina) in the beautiful space for creative learning leaded by Zeljko Vuvic from Croatia. We are very happy and thankful for having received his support and assistance during the workshops and preparations. Thanks to all participants for taking part in this nomadic project, which will be traveling abroad in 2018 again. Sicily and Russia are in our “upcoming events” list.

We have already collected more than 250 messages in more than 10 different languages and we look forward to continuing traveling around the world with this project, sharing experiences and exchanging messages and inspiring thoughts together. 🙂

This event was supported by Trondheim municipality and the Public library in Trondheim. We thank and credit Letizia Jaccheri, Alberto Comrado and Zeljko Vuvic for helping us with photo documentation.
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Creative Arkhangelsk and Artic Art Forum


Creativity, ideas, inspiration, co-creation. These are some of the keywords from our short trip to Arkhangelsk region in November 2017. We started our journey in Novodvinsk, where we visited the workshop of the artist Nikolai Dmtruk, whom shared with us his creations, workshop pieces and artifacts collection. Recycled materials are his best trademark.

We explored the secret magic of the White Sea leaded by Ilia Kuzubov from Taibola Assemble and Valeria. It was fascinating to witness this landscape shaped by ice, snow, sand and trees, which create beautiful patterns and forms, transforming the beach into a while world.

Our last two days WCU participated at Artic Art Forum, where Anastasia Malafey presented Evolve Arena and our new project partners from Taibola Assemble shared their amazing “Land art=Land mark” project in Northern Norway and Northern Russia.

Our workshop took place the second day of the forum, after a previous visit to Maley Korely Open-air museum. It was truly inspiring to share our pilot journey in Peru with the participants previous to our active discussion panel, mapping and brainstorm session. We ended up with a lot of material that the young creative minds of Arkhangelsk will use in order to establish a co-working and co-creating spaces for future creative industries. We look forward to creating projects together.

Workshop results were presented as an action proposal to “Initiate”, an upcoming project launched by Letizia Jaccheri and Ilias O. Pappas, from the IT department at NTNU in Trondheim. This project is designed for the first semester of 2018 with Experts in Team student program at NTNU under the name “Sustainable Goals” and is supported by the European commission for Horizon 2020.

We dedicate this page to all forum participants and new project partners!

WCU and TAIBOLA


2018 is the year of action and creative collaboration with the talented russian artists of Taibola Assamble. Thanks to our participation at Artic Art Forum in Arkhangelsk last year, we had the chance to meet, discuss ideas and decided to join forces together for future projects. Their Land Art=Land Mark concept matches with our ideas for sustainable “Art for a change” and we are active building bridges for projects to happen. The following images are some of the amazing sculptures built by Taibola in the last two years.

In partnership with Taibola, we already established new collaborations with: Transform International Music Festival  and Gatekunst Festivalen in Trondheim Norway – North Cultitude 6263 org and LAT63 Arena in Östersund, Sweden – Trasformatorio AiR, Dyne org and Siddharte in Sicily, Italy and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

This winter in Trondheim, we received the visit from Taibola Festival´s producer and PR Ilia and we met with the director of Transform Festival (Hill-Aina S.) and camera man (Sadique N.) to discuss ideas for our first art intervention at Transform Festival this year. We visited the municipal waste spot, where many wasted materials can be reused for the sculpture object. We will start building installations using recycled materials in September for Transform Int. Festival (October 2018).

Irene is also holding art workshops with recycled materials for the youth project “Transformers” (side project of Transform Festival), Trondheim Folkebiblioteket and Folkeverksted since February. Part of this project collaboration with Saupstad school will be exhibited during Gatekunst Festivalen (August 2018). These are pictures taken during workshops using expired dried food supplies for making mosaics.

In early March WCU presented the organization and the labour of Tabiola Assemble at North Cultitude Art dinner #6 event in Atelier Ilsvika in Trondheim, where we met really interesting artists, like Jukka from Malakta Art Factory in Finland. Ideas were born during this event and, in early April, we visited Andreas Brännlund, director of LAT63 and co-founder of North Cultitude 6263. He showed us Östersund and Frosö park, where we discussed ideas for future projects in this area together. Being at the main locations in different seasons help us to understand the environment and possibilities. It is truly important for us to observe the places, learn about the history and culture and speak with local organizations and other artists before elaborating the final pieces. Thanks to Andreas for being a wonderful host, guide and inspiration. We look forward to starting our first project together.

In late April-May we had our first active project as participants in Trasformatorio AiR, an experimental lab for Site Specific Arts in Sicily, Italy; with the collaboration of Siddharte org. The international team of mural artists was composed by Irene Domínguez from Namtaru Creations (co-founder of WCU), Ilya Kuzubov and Alexander Menukhov from Taibola. Our labour was really intense and rewarded by all the positive feedback and inspiring impact in the local inhabitants of Giampilieri Superiore, Sicily. Some of the images we produced were integrated in the ruins as frescos remembrance, a 40mts length lizard was painted in the school terrace and diverse walls in the village, bar and local shop:

For us, contributing to create environmental art projects is essential. The subjects painted were connected and related to the culture of the country and we produced several murals in our 10 days of residency period. Local and national press covered the intervention of all 35 international artists that gathered at this 4th edition of Trasformatorio. We are truly grateful for taking part in this wonderful project and for the municipality of Giampilieri, Giampilieri 2.0 org and Messina for everything they gave us.

More links to images and videos from Trasformatorio:



RadioStreet Messina – Gazzeta del Sud online – Namtaru Creations

NEW UPCOMING NEXT PROJECT IN MAY JUNE: WCU co-founder and artist Irene has been invited to join Taibola Assemble to create an installation art object for the largest world music festival in Russia: Wild Mint festival, located in Tula region and will follow up the russian team to Kenozero National park in Arkhangelsk for the creation of new art objects. These are very exciting news! The piece for Wild Mint festival is called “Queztalcoatl” and has been designed by Irene DM from Namtaru Creations. More info soon.