Pandamic

I just watched the bbc doc on the edinburgh pandas and couldn’t help but feel that not only did the pandas look quite sad, but also that the bbc are ignoring major parts of the story, like the political backgrounds and the epic costs etc. Also the guy who organized it totally looks like a vampire – a vampire that was totally unimpressed by the pandas sending off ceremony.

I did enjoy all the funny costumes they had wear at the conservation centers.
I am slightly obsessed with Pandas but I think they ought to keep them in China.

Perhaps if I offer them salmon without questioning their human rights issues they will give me a panda? they’re only 75K a year to feed, and I do have a balcony with a view (of Lower Clapton but no one needs to know that…)

This is an old drawing that suits this blog perfectly.



Pandamic, originally uploaded by inadorthea.

CHOSEN

I present to you all my chosen five:

 

These girls are the only people in the whole of Norway (excluding my parents) that I inform about my imminent arrival to the beautiful country. The rest can go about their business, and do as they please… I dont care. But these five are worth the travel. Marianne (my mums best friends daughter, we were babies together) Ranveig (who i picked up at high school) Siri (my cousin since her birth and my friend from shortly after) Stine (who was convince I ate coffee powder for breakfast when we first met at 12/13, im pretty sure she still thinks so) and Siwa (who stole my best friend from me when we were 5, and it’s her wedding that brings me home this time). Maybe I am the one who should be honoured… But that’s just not my thing.

The JOY of APPLICATIONS

YEY, yesterday i finished my CV, I really HATE writing those kinds of things, but it has to be done, and it looks pretty good now, I might have stolen Lukes CV setup… but its not like we are going to be applying for the same jobs or anything…

ANYWAY, I applied to a job today, hurrah for me, its at the roundhouse and is a kind of online marketing kinda thing, basically updating social networking sites etc, and Im already pretty good at that! I filled in the form and added my new wonderful CV! My main worry is that i wont be considered because of my holidays thats coming up, im going home tomorrow for a week, then im off to spain and then rome at end of september, but hopefully i will at least get an interview, I mean.. I would hire me, or at least give me a chase! Im a god damn excellent resource!

Im also applying for an exhibition thingy, called the Mare Street Biennale, BUT they need to see my artist statement, and its not the best piece of work… they also need a lot of other paper work, but ill try to get it done today! But first Ill have to PACK MY BAGS! Dont want to go to norway without anything in my bag!

HAPPY NORWAY DAY EVERYONE!

Happy 17th of May! The biggest celebration of the year back home is today, and i have a hangover worthy of tomorrow! We celebrated one day early with an indoor bbq and drinking games that are usually reserved for 17 year olds, it was brilliant, and even more brilliant was Luke doing all the dishes this morning!

I have been a bit bad with the blogging lately, still working hard but everything i make now is too big to upload on the internett, and i dont really have time to resize everything.

I did another octopus animation the other day and it came out pretty cool, but i might fo another one tomorrow after the meeting. Here are some screen shots from the vid i put together using the octopus stop motion

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See some of the final shop updates in my final show page!

Unit 1 assesment feedback and the law of jante

Woop, we got our marks for unit 1 today and i think its a shame that they dont count for the final mark!! I did really well but i also have some things that i need to work on!

I wrote down the main criticisms mentioned in my marks and they were:

– there is no real sense of how work is engaged with the methodologies and processes outlined in the proposal

– need to balance planned actions with intuitive development

– methodology is basic, but in practice much more is happening and you need to understand this better so that you can lead the project

– be more confident about your work

The bit about being more confident about my practice came up like 5 times, and to be better at selling my work etc. I suppose its all true, but its not so easy. I mean I love my work, i think its awesome, but im not good at telling people that, except i just did…
It has everything to do with the fact that I’m Norwegian i think. At home we have something that’s called “The Law of Jante”, a kind of Scandinavian mentality that is pretty much the opposite of  say American mentality.

The law of Jante is this:

  1. Don’t think that you are special.
  2. Don’t think that you are of the same standing as us.
  3. Don’t think that you are smarter than us.
  4. Don’t fancy yourself as being better than us.
  5. Don’t think that you know more than us.
  6. Don’t think that you are more important than us.
  7. Don’t think that you are good at anything.
  8. Don’t laugh at us.
  9. Don’t think that any one of us cares about you.
  10. Don’t think that you can teach us anything.

It all sounds pretty sad and negative, but its not really.  These things are never tough  to people, they just exist in our minds, stronger in some. And if i want to be an artist i have to learn to ignore them.