Emotional Mapping

In order to grasp the qualitative experience of town living a group of elders is asked to walk through town registering and identifying emotionally charged areas. A photographer from Transplant is registering every step with her camera. The result of the day is a greater awareness of all the personal stories connected to every corner of Dale, making visible that a place can have many different meanings attached to it. That is, a place is a space woven by traces of individual interaction. The numbered stickers being attached to the place is communicating to other by-passers that this is a spe- cial place, a place of importance. The places and stories are put on a blog for others to comment.

Sensing-Dale-emotional-mappingFrom the left: Christian Nitter, John Helle, Åshild Stav and Charlotte Grum

Day1_mapEmotinal spots in Dale / Dale in Sunnfjord overview map 2010

Place Nr. 1 – Yksnebjør/ Økenberg
Yksnebjør/ farm, where I grow up in another time, from the war period and beyond, along with parents and four siblings in the common effort to obtain the necessary for a living. But there was energy left to play both on land and the sea.

Meaning for me: The Farm, Dale , Dalsfjorden with its varied landscapes made it natural for me after the studies in Bergen in the 1960’s, to return to Dale as a teacher and sheep farmer.

Place Nr. 6 – Klokkargarden
Spare time was spent in this area. Various form of activity.

Meaning for me: Means friendship,
unity and development of creative times.

Scenario Sensing Dale

By creative Agent Charlotte Grum (DK)

“A space is not a thing rather a set of relations between things”
(Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space 1974)

The workshop was inspired by the psycho geographic method, developed by the organisation the Situationist International, emerging from a fusion of several artistic groups. Being active from 1957 to 1972, the organisation stated that it was the people using the city that created the city. Everyday life became their centre of attention, wanting to understand how people gave meaning to the city. The Situationists explored the potentials not visible in the material structures of the city by studying the emotional and behavioural effects of the geographical layout. The workshop is also inspired by the book Soft City by Jonathan Raban. Here, Raban states that our individual town is constructed by personal experiences and memories – that is, my town is different from yours! It’s the associations and relations to places that create security and identity in town – more than physical street lights and signs. From this perspective the city or town can be seen as a stage, a unique and private reality constructed by personal trajectories and narratives. If we want to get to know a town and its potential, we have to dig into the social texture of this particular town.

Participation is taking part in the construction of reality. For two days a group of Dale citizens were invited to re-construct or co-construct their individual townscapes. They contributed to mappings of Dale that were founded in personal lives and experiences instead of functions, structures and institutions.

There is not only one version of Dale but hundreds of versions!


From the left: Hans Stav, Torodd Fagerheim, Jan Haugen, Charlotte Grum, Åshild Stav and Christian Nitter

Exploring and including the many individual versions of the town creates a more valid and ‘thick’ image of Dale, how the town works and what it means to its citizens, its creators – informing and qualifying town planning and designing products. Relational aesthetics is an art form where the social or relational exchange is the primary centre of attention. The psycho geographic workshop in Dale is to be understood in these terms; the goal of the workshop was to collect and weave together the elders’ relations to the town. The workshop presented an alternative understanding of the experienced qualities of Dale. The workshop can be seen as a user orientated exploration of the subjective mindscape of the elderly citizens, a bottom-up approach to understanding town life. The workshop underlines the importance of subjective registrations, and how these can be carried out and later used in different ways. The map- ping method takes point of departure in people’s usage and comprehension of the town, rather than the physical look of it. By inviting the elders to describe their town and living environment in different terms and alternative aspects, the ‘soft’ version of Dale turns up.

By visualizing and physically mapping meanings, memories and sensory experiences we got an insight into the plastic nature of Dale exposing the potential for developing living spaces that matters – closely related to the participants and people living in this place. The shift between individual, pair and group tasks, between thinking, sharing, discussing, agreeing, walking and sensing was all supporting active participation, strengthening the social texture of the town.

What if the subjective side of climatic qualities were taken into account while designing and planning the infrastructure of the town?
What if more personal stories were collected and where put on signs or audio stations all over town?

Layers of meaning would become visible; a physical expression of the invisible social relations Dale is made of. The informal soft side of town would be tangible and laid open inviting identification and ownership.

Would it create a more human town?
What if??

A blog was created to assemble the results from the workshop and allow other participants to contribute with personal stories.


“This is a special place”, number stickers placed in Dale

Scenario Rights through Making

By creative Agent Ambra Trotto (IT)

Rights through Making is an international research project, which started in 2007 and whose founders are the Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Industrial Design (the Netherlands) and the University of Florence, Department of Technologies of Architecture and Design “P. Spadolini” (Italy).  The scope is to promote a new way of thinking elicited by products that empower people towards the realization of the values expressed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. By bringing together designers from different cultures, the communication about the declaration through doing, i.e. designing together, is enhanced: we believe in communication through working together. Words often divide, work unites. Improving communication is also about culture, in this case the culture of doing. We are rapidly losing essential design craftsmanship, saper fare. By using these skills in the context of the newest technology they acquire a new dimension that will safeguard their survival, and indeed, guarantee their expansion. This experiment aims to explore and validate the Rights through Making approach in a virtual collaboration.  Instead of inviting designers to work together in a same place, we propose that the design process happens online and everybody contributes to it, by submitting his point of view to a common design space. This minimizes discussions and maximize constructiveness.

27 participants from 10 different nationalities, with completely different professional backgrounds, bravely accepted to participate to this experimental Rights through Making workshop. The online workshop is an experiment that started Monday May 3rd and finished Saturday May 8th 2010. The theme was “Design a wearable means dedicated to elderly people, which empowers people towards the values expressed in the article 26 of the UDHR (rights to education)”. This workshop was the start-up of the project Longer Participation, part of Transplant, Ideal Lab’.


“Rights Through Making” online platform

The Story bracelet, a concept of Rights through Making

By creative Agents Ralston & Bau (NO)

The bracelet is a wearable that can be used  by seniors and young, men and women.

It could be used as:
– A longterm “ticket” for public transport on which is included a GPS probe so that the person wearing it can be tracked if “lost”
– It could have a LCD screen and be a receiver and transmit short texts with the latest cultural events in the city: event at the library, expos, theatre, when squeezed. This would inspire for more cultural consumption and ultimately more open-mindedness.
– A game between old and young: On each bracelet there is printed the start of a story: “I was scared….”, “It was a sunny day….” on gives the bracelet to the other and the receiver should continue the story using its memories or fantasy. This way the two generations get to know each other better and knowledge and experience is shared in a fun, equal and natural manner. The story chosen direct the story told making for a genuine collaborative process.

The bracelets can be worn and cherished as one remember the stories told and moment shared.

Game= Transport of knowledge
Bracelet= Transport of emotions



Photo by Sissel Myklebust 2008


By creative Agent Erwin Olaf (NL)

Erwin Olaf is a commercial photographer who assesses the many forms of advertising and substantiates the way he feels about societies need to illuminate the “perfect image”. His commercial photography pushes the boundaries in promiscuous ways where the advertising world find ironic with satirical messages usually concerning themselves. Olaf puts a division with his own personal and artistic photographs, taking the viewer on an emotional roller coaster while his advertising represents ambiguity and evocative presumptions of the world. He tends to find “beauty” in the most unconventional ways and this can be seen in many of his photographs as he questions, “What is beauty?”

His methods, which equate his understanding of beauty and the perfect picture, come from his continuous work for the advertising industry. “He continually inverts the usual concept of what is ugly, what is wrong. He confounds anyone who equates beauty with purity” (Silver) In the perspective of a man who sees the conventional “beauty” everyday Olaf tends to think outside the box and his attitudes towards societies narrow mindedness about crucial topics, such as these makes him irritated. It was clear to see in Mature that even in old age there are different forms of beauty, which people are genuinely attracted to. The message he tries to convey is that beauty does not always have to look perfect rather it can be found in other ways. 

 “Is it internal or external?” The women are in focus to suggest how humanity can change their views on beauty instead of being focused with the traditional beauty that we see everyday in magazines and billboards.


Cindy C, 75


Jerry H, 76


Linda E, 62


Karen M, 64


Anna Nicole S, 75


Isabella R, 89


Helena C, 75


Claudia S, 63


By speculative Agents Aguer and Loizeau (UK)

There are many perspectives and beliefs on what happens to us after our lives in this planet come to an end.

When faced with our own mortality or that of a loved one, notions of what the afterlife may hold; whether it be in a spirit world such as heaven or reincarnated into another body or form, spiritual faith can offer great comfort and reassurance. Science and reason though have started to undermine these traditional belief systems as we strive to find logic and meaning in our existence. This scientific research has yet to offer any tangible proof of continued existence, after death. So in terms of comfort and reassurance what then is there for the grieving atheist?


Afterlife scheme

Where to put the battery is an extremely personal and emotive choice. During a lecture by Auger & Loizeau about “Afterlife”, participants were asked to propose what they would do with an afterlife battery charged either by themselves or their partner / family.

Daniel Charny
I would support the research into a development of a multi chargeable battery – so that you could collect a whole family charge chain recognised by it having the names inscribed on the case of the battery. The inscription tool would be powered by the battery charged with the energy of the previously deceased…. thus after some generations you would have a nomadic family vault. (Voltage would increase with every addition…)

Eddy Bundy
Considering myself a romantic and a fantastic lover in life, I ask myself “Why should the fun stop when I die?” I would like my Afterlife battery to be placed in a vibrator for several acts of love after I’m gone.

Jack Schulze
If my father passed away, this is how I would use his battery. I would power some kind of electrical bird warbler. To be left in the garden, a unique noise though, formed from bird sounds common to Cheshire and rural Wales. It should not warble constantly, it should be around breakfast. This is because my father – early in the morning – can often be found out in the Garden (having pissed on the compost) in pants and vest, whistling along with various birds, for extended periods. It has to be said, he is pretty good.

Noam Toran
I want it observed in my will that my family (my partner Marloes, my three children Moses, Julius and Maurice) will be forced to stare at 3 illuminated bulbs in a small case placed above mantelpiece powered by my battery which reads “NO HARD FEELINGS” until said sign dies out. Only then can they receive their entitlement.

Onkar Kular
I imagine, like many other people, upon my deathbed I will hold a number of small regrets relating to things I should have said and done during my lifetime. Fortunately, the Afterlife Battery offers me the opportunity, in the form of my Last Will & Testament to live out my short but rich electronically mediated future afterlife.

Tom O’Brien
Why an aeroplane? Why a Spitfire MK1?

I don’t feel the need to be remembered as an object. I’d like my energy to create an act. Since a child flying has fascinated me, not sure why, just does. I have always wanted to fly but have never completely felt at ease enough to think I could manage it without killing myself. I still intend to fly myself in one way or another but just in case I don’t this will ensure it.

Very rarely man creates an object that connects with the human soul, anyone who has witnessed a Spitfire and especially the MK1 in flight will have felt that connection. It looks, sounds, functions and is just ‘right’, it is perfect. The curve of the wings, it’s proportions, it’s functionality, it was also fitted with the Rolls Royce Merlin which without exception, before, after or at anytime in the future is the greatest four stroke engine ever produced.

Mike Michaels
A regular event in my family life is the argument over the control of the TV remote and the programmes that we will collectively watch. There is a complex process of negotiation that involves give and take, selfishness and selflessness. I would like to be memorialized in an evocation of this process, not least because I want to be remembered in relation to mundane technology (one of my academic specialisms), as a typically contradictory human being, and as a loving partner and father who was intent in bettering his family (my preferred genre was nature documentaries) while being chronically silly.

I would like my Afterlife battery to power a small speaker mechanism (much like the sort you find in a singing birthday card) integrated into a remote control. Whenever the TV is switched on by the remote, a recording of my voice is played to say either: “It’s my turn, so I’m going to decide what we watch” or “I really don’t mind, it’s your turn to choose.” Given how fragile and contentious everyday familial memory is, these two phrases should appear at random. Alternatively, and slightly more subtly, I’d like my Afterlife battery to power a circuit that makes the TV remote select very occasionally, automatically and unpredictably a channel showing a nature documentary. The channel cannot be changed for the duration of the programme, and the television can only be switched off at the mains.


Afterlife object “No hard feelings”


Afterlife object “Shine on dad”


By creative Agents Ralston & Bau (NO)

Inspired by a Norwegian village and its relationship with citizens, Ralston & Bau designed a line of rural intelligent objects supplying dedicated lights for specific moments as walking, seating, waiting in large sense moving in a rural space by foot, cycle or car. The Shroom light will guide and follow you smoothly and spare energy when you don’t need it.

Fjaler Municipality commissioned Ralston & Bau to design a park and a series of urban lighting: Shroom, which has been awarded by the famous Red Dot Design Award prize in 2013.

Shroom_Sideview_Day Shroom_Sideview_Night

Age of the World pyramids

By creative Agent Mathieu Lehanneur (FR)

“The Age of the World pyramids” of the populations of Fjaler (Municipality Norway), Norway and Europe , are modeled in 3D. Mathieu Lehanneur is using the population data of 2008 to determine the shape of his “Age of the World pyramids”, the resulting contoured shapes then communicate the state of living in a given country…

Statistics quit charts and graphs reincarnated in a curious set of containers, jars or urns, creating a radical representation of our human bondage to this world. Birth is the base and death the apex of these enameled terra cotta pagodas, whose contours change in phase with the age rings that translate life expectancy. From bottom to top there are 100 strata, shaped in solid or void, but the top end is always a sharp tip. What we have here is a fascinating twin-scope view of the state of living, a look at our own life-span in a sculptural surround view. Can you find yourself in the pyramid? What level are you at neighbor? Where have you been all this time honey?

The “age-pyramids” are 40 cm high x 40 cm wide. The “age-pyramid” of Fjaler is manufactured in CNC production by Shape in collaboration with Transplant. The “age-pyramids” Norway and Europe will be visualized in 3D and produced as an printed image in their original size. See more at www.mathieulehanneur.fr