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A manual in understanding troll – O is for opening #109 #azchallenge

You might think that I will write about how Norwegian folktales opens? No! In 90% of the cases, Norwegian folktales opens with: Once upon there was….”, if not, they opens with ”There was”.
I will write shortly about an a session I am going to have next week. Half of my life I work at Oslo and Akershus university college of applied sciences, and when you are academic staff or teaching staff at a university you usual have a research part in your position. And once a year you have present what you are doing with these hours you are given for researching. Most of my work is concerning artistic research, but this it is different. Actually the last four years have been different as I am parttaking in my second European project on storytelling. This project is called TALES, so I will talk about that. BUT I will open by saying that what I really would like to talk about is trolls.

I will probably say something like this:
What I really wanted to talk about is troll. Yes troll, these beings who comes from the folkloric depth. Those who have three heads, or six or nine heads, or they have the head under the arm, they have noses they entwine around their body and the troll hags have breasts that they throw over their shoulders when they hunt you. Troll, which is the place where the community plants their frustration, their aggression and that are giving the community a feeling of mastery because troll are always conquered.

Konferansen #108

I går ble konferansen ”Estetikk og barn med særskilte behov” gjennomført, for en dag! Jeg har sittet i styringsgruppen til konferansen, selv om mitt bidrag har heller vært av det lille.
Uansett, det er en sann glede å delta i en konferanse, få ideer og kjenne at kunnskapen siger inn. Det åpnet med Marte Wexelsen Goksøyrs sterke bidrag. Katie Gaudion var en av keynote speaker’ne, hun viste og fortalte om sine designprosjekter i samspill med autister. I det hele tatt handlet mye av konferansen om tekstiler.

Nå gikk konferansen over i sesjoner og her var jeg ikke tilstede, da jeg forberedte egen sesjon. Mer om dette under.

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Den andre keynote speakeren var filosofen Ingmar Meland, ”mindblowing!”. Det er jo ikke noe som er så orgastisk som å høre en filosof kunne sin retorikk. Jeg kan på ingen måte gjenfortelle foredraget da det var tettpakket av logikk over overbevisning. Det handlet om bydning av kropp for estetikk, estetikks betydning for mening og hvordan estetikken er på vei over i vanlig meningsdannelse – veldig kort og grov sagt.

Jeg avsluttet dagen med to sesjoner, den ene var holdt av dansekompaniet Landing og den andre Sirkus Sibylla, begge ga en fysisk tilnærming. Men sjongleringen tok knekken på meg, da var et utkjørt etter å ha vært oppe siden kl. 0400 i påvente av en masteroppgave jeg skulle lese igjennom.

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Selv var min sesjon fortellersirkel, her gikk jeg raskt igjennom prosjektet Tales og deretter gjorde vi noen øvelser utviklet i forbindelse med EU prosjektet. Dette gikk veldig bra, tiltross for kort tid, om jeg skal si det selv!

A manual in understanding troll – N is for nine…. Naturally #107 #azchallenge

Can you imagine how it is to behead a nine headed troll? Me neither. But that seems to be the ultimate task for a hero in their quest for making their society coming back in balance.
In greek mythology you find Herakeles who has to fight the nineheaded serpent Hydra, so a similar motif you find in the Norwegian folktales. The most frightful troll is the one with nine heads, it is usually the oldest of the trolls and they may also have a nineheaded dragon. And to make the task even more difficult, the nine heads will grow back if you are not fast enough in cutting their heads off.

So why nine heads? I guess it has nothing to do with nine muses from Greek mythology, even though it is a funny idea if each head represented an artform. Anyway, this is something I have to figure later.