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 Language, Outside and Silence.

Image: Margrét Seema Takyar

Five people together   

Find a place/situation where you feel connected. Write down 3–5 words / phrases on separate paper and bring them inside.   

One by one the group will arrange and rearrange the pieces of paper on the floor in silence and read it together when the composition is done.  

Three people together   

Find an object that speaks to you. Think of a story about this object without explaining what it is. You could possibly write this story from a first-person perspective. Bring your story inside. While listening to the story the other two will draw a picture as a present to the writer.   

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