Before the intensive week in Iceland teachers and master students from the Iceland University of the Arts prepared a day of workshops for the other participants. It resulted in three short and open exercises that enabled people to work in an explorative way and to compare different perspectives. The three exercises are LanguageOutside and Silence.

Image: Margrét Seema Takyar

10 people together  

Start wandering outside. When sound catches your attention and changes your movement/pace stop there and collect the sound. You could possibly sit or lying down while collecting. Collect two more sound pieces and go inside. 
One by one the group will listen to the sound collection and make an improvisation with each other sounds without words.  

5 people together  

Five participants arrange a landscape garden together with stones from outside. In silence they decide who can lay the first stone and then take turns. Nothing can be taken away or moved that has been laid down. If you do not feel like adding you can wait for next round. Finish of when no one wants to add anything to the composition. Notice what happens in your body when others add something.
Do it again and then if you want to add something else than stones you can. 
(this can be done in a sandy area or if done inside, on a big plate with sand)

Authors: Anna Halldórsdóttir, Guðrún Hrund Harðardóttir, Íris Friðmey Sturludóttir, Sigurbjörn Ingvarsson, Hye Joung Park, Ingimar Waage and Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir