Yesterday I had an unexpected encounter with the multidisciplinary artist Assaad Awad while he was leading a workshop at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Enamoured by the beautiful tattoos on his arms, an octopus and jellyfish, I asked him if he could tell me why he had chosen these creatures of the sea. In the process he showed a third tattoo that was hidden from sight. Without giving the game away I really do think he is amphibious at heart. Very cool!
Notes on what is not spoken about and on silence
This spring I have had the opportunity to participate in a small gathering at what is called Fordypningsrommet at the island group of Fleinvær the 20th. 21st and 22nd of January (www.fordypningsrommet.no). The small group of people gathered were all occupied of what is not spoken about – being at Fleinvær – windblown islands outside of Bodø – meant that we were gathered for days only relating to the others and our surroundings. We shared topics not normally spoken about. Some of them rather personal, some about questions hard to address with words and better expressed through music, movement, visualising and art.