At Standalhytta © Tracey Benson || bytetime

As mentioned in my earlier post Journey to Volda, I have come to this part of Norway to co-lead a residential workshop with the Volda University College’s new Masters of Media program. I was invited by Ana Sanchez-Laws one of the professors of the course. Ana used to be an academic at the University of Canberra (UC) a few years ago, though we never met during her time at UC.

The venue for the workshop was just incredible – so much to inspire the students. We stayed at the Standalhytta Cabins in Østa, about 30 minutes drive from Volda.

At Standalhytta © Tracey Benson || bytetime

At Standalhytta © Tracey Benson || bytetime

The cabin itself is a very interesting building with the original cabin being built around 1908. The more recent extensions look completely integrated with the building with a very interesting feature separating the old and the new – these strange door carvings. When I first say them I thought they were Tikis…

As intriguing as these strange carvings were, they did not distract me for too long – it was outside the cabin that really was the main game.

Though inside was very cosy 🙂

At Standalhytta © Tracey Benson || bytetime

At Standalhytta © Tracey Benson || bytetime

One of the things I love about walking in the forest and mountains in Norway this time of year is the abundance of berries – there was heaps of blueberries for the picking.

This was an amazing setting for the students who, over the course of the workshop developed story ideas and then created a prototype cross media project. The first day was started with myself leading a couple of sessions to start generating story ideas and then after lunch Ana led a session on integrating some theory. One of the main readings was Roland Barthes An Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narrative, which was a great way to give some theoretical context to storytelling.

There were some really great ideas and I was awed by the diversity of skills and experience in this group. In many ways it was like ‘cross media on steroids’ as when I teach this subject at UC we spent 6 weeks on the prototype project. Here are some pictures of some of the sessions.

We also had some really cool technology from a number of video cameras to a drone and a few students brought along their cameras and equipment.

It was a really fun and energy filled few days! Thank you Ana for inviting me 🙂

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About bytetime

Tracey M Benson is a lover of travel, having a diverse background as an artist, writer and researcher. Working with online environments since 1994, Tracey's experience includes providing digital media, web and social media solutions to government, non-profit, private industry and tertiary sectors. Her focus is on sustainability behaviour change and the use of communications and emerging technologies to empower community and build culture.


Art Projects, Artist Residency, Collaboration, Education, Events, Waters of the Past


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