A six-year old boy from Syria has traveled with his family by boat from Turkey to the Samos refugee camp in hope of a new life somewhere safe. He is standing beside the pop-up library just inside the entrance gate of the camp where volunteers are distributing books to the inmates. Inmates I say, because this is a military camp turned refugee hot spot. It perches on redudent agricultural terraces (or levels, as they are now called in camp language) on the hillside of the harbour town, Vathi.
Since working for a short while with the Samos Volunteers Group in September 2016, the situation regarding refugees has changed drastically. This video expresses the concerns of two volunteers from four months ago.
Field note 1: Island ∼ Pond
Image: Brynjar Bandlien, 2016
Do the rhythms of islands offer a feeling of isolation or freedom?
Who and what might be attracted to a pond?
What is the ‘passage’ between island and pond?
What is the hope, happiness and trauma of the pond and sea?
As part of the working exhibition ‘If I were The Ocean‘ at the Norwegian Maritime Museum Aug 2016, “Kystlaget Viken” (Oslo’s local team of the Norwegian Coastal Federation) organised a trip from the museum to the island of Lindøya with the re-constructed Viking ship “Vaaghals” (Dreadnought). ( ⇒ ?). The sailing vessel was of a kind used before 1628, constructed as a merchant vessel with ample place for all the passengers participating in the trip. For those interested in the original vessel it was excavated as Barcode 6. Sounding like a kind of drink from a bar, but in reality a very muddy excavated wreck from the Bjørvika in Oslo.