Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences

Since the 15th of September I started a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the Alanus University in Alfter near Bonn. Since then I have been very busy, it is quite a different modus to study than to be in a residency on an island.. I have been working a lot, all is well documented but might not get shown while still being in process… You will have to be patient again, but I promise my best…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

View from my window where I live in Alfter

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWalking to school (5 min). The buildings on the left are painting studios.

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view on Bonn , I am standing right beside the sculpture studios..

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On the other side of the school are trails for walking in the woods, I can really not complain about my life in crowded Germany..

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Nordic Symposium Day 3, Vartiosaari island

Vartiosaari, an island right beside Helsinki, is still a paradise , but unfortunately a huge residential development project will take over the island. One of the reasons why the symposium had chosen the site.. 10 days before the symposium took place, several artists from the nordic countries had started site specific art works on Vartiosaari. The opening was part of the symposium and very successful and inspiring.  Nature, Art, nice people and food, best atmosphere..

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Art in the Environment Nordic Symposium, Day 2: Suomenlinna island, Helsinki

Before going to Germany, I had four days in Helsinki where I attended the Arts in the Environment Nordic Symposium, a great event held on different Islands close to Helsinki, with many interesting talks and meetings, the right preparation for my masters or continuation for my residencies. I had also time to visit Helsinki’s museums and markets, and even to get a private tour to the Luomus Geological collection of the University of Helsinki.

 

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Öster-Retais, Korppoo

I had to stay overnight since the ferry arrives at 9 pm in Korppoo, if ever you pass by that area I can warmly recommend the Faffas B&B,  a traditional Finnish farm house, very cosy and right beside the barefoot path, a beautiful sculpture trail. Yes, the bus to Turku still leaves right in front on the main road, but only once per day..