First artwork by ART@CREATIONS – «The Big Bang», is now online

The UH nettVest project ART@CREATIONS is a concept and network of artists in dialogue with the European Commission’s Horizon2020 project, “Developing an Engaging Science Classroom (CREATIONS)”.

ART@CREATIONS recently completed its first artwork inspired by The Big Bang and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan’s MITAKA software’s depictions of the Universe.


  • Oded Ben-Horin (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences) – lyrics, music arrangement, production
  • Hagit Yakira – choreographer and video director
  • Kiraly St. Claire – editor and filmography
  • Bettina Smith (University of Stavanger) – mezzosoprano
  • Petros Stergiopoulos (Ellinogermaniki Agogi) – flute
  • Tor Yttredal (University of Stavanger) – saxophone
  • Einar Røttingen (University of Bergen) – piano
  • Frode Hammersland (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences) – bass
  • Stein Inge Brækhus (University Of Stavanger) – drums, percussion, recording, mix
  • Dance students of the University of Stavanger
  • Jakub Niedziela (student at the University of Stavanger) – bass
  • Maria Karpinets (student at the University of Stavanger) – oboe
  • Jose Eduardo Garcia Aldama Pepe (student at Volda University College) – animation
  • NordLight Studios – Filming of dancers
  • National Astronomical Observatory of Japan Professor Agata – MITAKA Software
  • The music performed is an arrangement of the Prelude in C Major (Well Tempered Clavier) by J. S. Bach


DiSko project report – recommendations for further development

The DiSko project, or rather School and concert – from transmission to dialogue has delivered its third project report, Production report 1, to the project owner Arts for Young Audiences Norway (AYAN) . In the DiSko project, researchers and participants discuss, plan and implement school concerts aiming at all participants’ joint ownership to concert visits, – pupils, artists as well as teachers and other.

The newly published third report is one of a series of process reports from the project, the first being about project intentions and the second describing State of the Art in Schools. The series of project reports are a part of the DiSko project’s implementation strategy, which aims at communicating processes and results continuously.

The report is based on data in the shape of observation notes, films, pictures, recordings etc. and analyses and reflects on these data and project events during autumn 2017 at the different schools taking part. This semester was the first intervention semester with activities in schools. The report accounts for activities at project schools during the semester, followed by researchers’ analysis and recommendations for further development concerning each project school’s project work.

DiSko aims at a development towards concert ‘pilots’ and prototypes which can serve as models for the development of dialogic school concerts which are grounded in co-operation between schools, musicians and producers.

Read full report (in Norwegian)

GSO-workshops on sustainable design in education

As part of further development of the Global Science Opera (GSO), PhD-candidate Janne Robberstad recently traveled to South-America. In Brazil she visited The 11th International Meeting of Astronomy and Astronautics to talk about the GSO and how to integrate an holistic sustainability-thought into the educational project. There was also time to visit one of the schools who participate in the GSO, and eager students engaged in a workshop in sustainable props-design.

Next stop was Chile. Here Janne met the girls whom each year dance in the GSO, and lead three separate workshops in sustainable costume-design.  This year they will be mermaids and jelly-fish, and they were brainstorming how to include the ocean plastic pollution into the scenario. It was a great trip Janne says. One of the Brazilian teachers described it this way: “It is an acknowledgement for us to have a visit from Europe, first now the students really understand that they have been part of a global collaboration, that someone from another country has seen their performance.”

Erasmus+ Conference and Workshop at Bømlo

The Erasmus+ project “Creativity, Art and Science in Primary Education (CASE)” held a national conference and workshop for Norwegian teachers in the municipality of Bømlo on Friday, March 16th. During the event, HVL researchers in both science and arts education introduced participants to the CASE approach. The 25 participants, most of whom were primary school teachers, gained practical experience and an understanding for the potentials and strategies of bringing together science and art in a creative way, thus supporting their teaching skills in an innovative field. The scientific inspiration for the event was Ocean Literacy.

The event was hosted by Gilje School in collaboration with “Forum for Oppvekst i Sunnhordaland”. The HVL trainers were Yuko Kamisaka, Janne Robberstad and Oded Ben-Horin.


First DiSko findings seminar: Reports and preliminary results discussed with project participants

Twenty project participants, researchers and other stakeholders gathered for a 2-days seminar in early January to discuss their work and experiences in the first phase of the DiSko project

Teachers from participating schools, AYAN (project owner), researchers and musicians discussed results and findings from the first year of the DiSko project.

DiSko is an innovation project funded by the National Research Council, intending to innovate school concert practices produced and implemented nationally by Arts for Young Audiences Norway (AYAN) and regional partners in Norway. The goal of the project is to develop dialogic school concert practices through research based innovation procedures in order to respond to challenges connected to school ownership and school integration.

The first Status report “Tilstandsrapport 1, 2017, by Kari Holdhus and Magne Espeland” (in Norwegian) is published and available . “The project has come a long way towards piloting sustainable models/prototypes for production and distribution of school concerts and other art experiences for pupils were all groups involved in this work (teachers, musicians, pupils and producers) grow ownership to the productions”, says Holdhus. This first report focuses on a description of what kind of institutional conditions and participant attitudes which needs to be in place to evoke and build this kind of relations and partnerships between schools and artists.

The first cycle of DiSko continues throughout 2018. In the second cycle of the project, which starts early autumn 2018, 4 new schools from eastern Norway will enter the DiSko project

Two master students and a PhD student from the Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences are linked to the project, thus linking the project to research and teacher education.

“Moon Village”: A Global Science Opera – World Premiere on Dec. 13th, 2017

Global Science Opera (GSO) is the first opera initiative in history to create, produce and perform operas as a global community. In 2017, GSO is inspired by the European Space Agency’s Moon Village vision. The opera “Moon Village” will premiere worldwide on December 13th, 2017.

The opera “Moon Village” is being created by schools, universities and art institutions in 27 countries in all the inhabited continents: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, USA, Wales and Zambia. The opera will include live streaming from European Space Agency’s Research & Technology Center (ESTEC) in Holland. The opera “Moon Village” is about human society on the future Moon Village.

It is the story of Sofia, the first of many children born in space, and the first creative school on the Moon. It is the story of what happens when the first moon generation learns about challenges here on Earth.

View the opera  online on Dec. 13th, 2017 at 14:00 GMT / 14:00 UTC / 15:00 CET

Learn more:

MoonVillage GSO:

Trailer movie:



Glimpses from the Arts and Education 2017 seminar at Stord

This  interactive international seminar organized by Kulturtanken – Arts for Young Audiences Norway and the DiSko project, CASE center in the end of  October hosted international keynotes and clinicians: Eric Booth, US, the founder of the Teaching Artist movement, professor Gert Biesta, UK, and professor Liora Bresler, US (video in Norwegian).

Kick-off – Research activities in DiSko

More than thirty participants were gathered at a 2-day seminar for DiSko late September 2017. Teachers from the four participating schools, project owner, researchers, musicians and administration representatives were present. a A draft of DiSko’s first report “ Status report” was discussed. The report has been constructed from data drawn from 12 interviews with teachers and rectors from the participating schools.  It suggests a picture of how schools deal with the subject of music as well as their own performances and guest performances. During the seminar, school participants and musicians discussed framing of activities at project schools this autumn. There also was a special gathering for participating musicians as a Group.


The project will be presented at The Arts and Education 2017: Integration or Separation?,  25. October 2017.

New Erasmus+ project

The CASE Center has just been awarded with the coordination of a newly-funded EU Erasmus+ project in the focus area of school, creativity and innovation. The project name is “Creativity, Art and Science in Primary Education (CASE)”. This project will be realized within the European Commission’s “Strategic Partnership” program, and will implement trainings, conferences and school-based activities in the field of art/science. The 3-year project will be enacted in the following 5 countries: Norway, Greece, Holland, Lithuania and Ireland.

Inspiration from China!

The Global Science Opera activities in China are led by Professor Hongfeng Guo at the Chinese National Astronomical Observatory in Beijing / Chinese Academy of Sciences. This year Hongfeng will be participating in Global Science Opera for the third year in a row. As part of the 2017 “Moon Village” opera production, she plans to engage Chinese school students in the preparation of an introductory art/science video inspired by international lunar research.