Rosetta’s Stone» reaches the American Prize semi-finals

The American Prize has announced that Rosetta’s Stone is a  SEMI-FINALIST composer in the OPERA/THEATER/FILM/DANCE divisions, 2018-19. The opera Rosetta’s Stone is a collaboration between  the composers John G. Bilotta and Jostein Stalheim and  librettists  Oded Ben-Horin and John McGrew.

The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school Levels.

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GSO 2019 – Transatlantic creative collaboration

Groups of students and teachers from Sao Tome and Principe, and Sobral and Campos in Brazil, working innovatively in education: a creative, democratic collaboration based on the GSO-methodology takes place with the help of Skype and Google-Docs. We are in the process of making the main story for the 2019 GSO GRAVITY, and students find inspiration both in the historical events and in the science which helped confirming Einstein´s Theory of General Relativity.  Despite at times an unreliable internet-connection, and the process not being completed, this intense experience was a success: we made it happen!


The polyphony of musician–teacher partnerships: Towards real dialogues?

Photo: Kari Svanberg

The first  article from the DiSko project has been published in Thinking Skills and Creativity. Kari Holdhus has authored the article, which aims to explore and discuss how, on many levels and in many ways, polyphonic dialogues can fluctuate among participants in a multidisciplinary didactic art project implemented in schools, namely, School and Concert – From Transmission to Dialogue (DiSko). DiSko is an innovation project that aims to try different ways to address the significant lack of school ownership to professional visiting concerts in Norwegian Schools.

Read the whole article online


Two new Artscience works published

The ART@CREATIONS project (UhnettVest) has recently published two new artworks.

I’d Go To Jail For a Whale” is an animation artwork for primary school children about wildlife preservation. It is set to music composed by Oded Ben-Horin and performed by the Swiss-Norwegian jazz ensemble, The Science Fair. (Animation: Jose Eduardo Garcia Aldama Pepe (Volda Univ. College)).

Liebe Radioaktive Damen und Herren” is an artwork inspired by the letter (1930) in which physicist Wolfgang Pauli postulated the existence of a Neutrino particle. The video includes University of Stavanger dance students (choreographed by Hagit Yakira), animation by Jose Eduardo Garcia Aldama Pepe (Volda Univ. College), and the MITAKA astronomy software (Japanese National Observatory in Tokyo). The music was composed by Petros Stergiopoulos (EA, Greece) and Oded Ben-Horin (HVL). Performing musicians: Bettina Smith (mezzosoprano, Univ. of Stavanger); Stein Inge Brækhus (percussion, Univ. of Stavanger); Petros Stergiopoulos (flute and keyboards).

One Ocean – Global Science Opera premiere on the 12th of December 2018

Did you know the ocean produces half the oxygen you breathe? That 95% of the ocean is yet to be discovered? That the ocean-floor beneath the Arctic ice is crawling with life? Join Sophia, Mo and their friends around the globe in discovering the secrets of the ocean

The Global Science Opera (GSO) exists at the meeting point of science and art, of pupils and scientists, of all human cultures. It is a global creative education initiative made possible through digital interactions and live-streaming.

In GSO 2018, students from primary schools to universities, scientists, teachers, and artists from over 20 countries join hands in this creative quest to learn about the ocean, sustainability and climate change. They create and perform simultaneously on the world-wide stage of the internet.

Click to view the One Ocean premier on December 12th at 2PM EMT!

The One Ocean concept was developed in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Marine Research and the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR). For more information:

DiSko project: Circle 2 kick off seminar

For 2 days 30 participants and researchers in the the DiSko project have been sharing, discussing and planning project activities at Jeløy, Moss. Circle 1 participants from 4 primary schools in Western Norway shared findings and results with the upcoming Circle 2 participants consisting of teachers and musicians from 3 secondary schools and one primary school in Eastern Norway. The main focus in the project is to plan and implement school concerts aiming at all participants’ joint ownership to concert visits, – pupils, artists as well as teachers and others.

DiSko’s development of concert ‘pilots’ and prototypes were discussed, the idea being that Circle 2 activities learn from Circle 1 activities and thus provide a stronger platform and experience based development for the presentation of research based findings when the DiSko project is completed in 2020. Circle 1 presentations, a social dinner and discussions in mixed groups dominated the first day whereas the second day included discussions about innovation possibilities for Cirlce 2 and more introductory detailed planning.

The project owner is  Kulturtanken (Arts for Young Audiences Norway)

Design of the DigiSus aesthetic and digital experience rooms

Five DigiSus researchers and four project participants from kindergartens in Stord and Tysnes has been in New York on a DigSus working seminar to extend and elaborate on the co-operation with professor Alex Ruthman and his contacts at New York University and beyond. The seminar included elaboration on the design of the DigiSus aesthetic and digital experience rooms and a number of presentations from the DigiSus project for students and staff at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Presentations included:

Ingrid A. R. Grønsdal: DigiSus: A competence project for Building Sustainable Digital Practices in Kindergarten Literacy and Arts Programmes

Vigdis Vangsnes: Researching possible pedagogical positions when introducing digital technologies in early childhood education

Liv Ingrid Fjellanger: Introduction to pedagogies influencing Norway’s Kindergarten Teacher Education

Katrine Borgenvik: Investigating coding in Scratch for projecting children’s own drawings in sensory rooms

Ingrid A. R. Grønsdal, Martin Stensaker Rio, Maren Tislevoll Odland, Mariann Lie Helland, Ingrid Dalland Raa: Kindergarten practitioner reports: Making magic with Makey Makey,- possibilities and challenges when working with young children


Visits were also made to NYUs department at ‘Magnet’ in Brooklyn ( ), to Childrens museum of Art ( Tribecca Portofolio School ( and Tribeca Community School (, which both build on a Reggio Emilia philosophy. One full day was used for the DigiSus group to connect with Tufts University ( ), and Marina Beers who is know for her co-creation of the internationally well known Scratch tool Jr ( in cooperation with Mitch Resnick at MIT Media Lab and Paula Bonta, from PICO. The rest of the program included a visit to Lifelong Kindergarten Lab and Eric Rosenbaum who has developed the Makey Makey tool, which has a central role in the DigiSus project, and a visit to Boston Children Museum.


CASE researchers present recent findings at ECER 2018

Inclusion and Exclusion, Resources for Educational Research?’ was the theme at ECER 2018 conference in Bolzano in early September. Within the framework Educational Design Research (EDR), innovation in in educational practices is explored in several of the CASE-center’s projects. Researcher from CASE presented their results in four papers at the session Researching for Responsible and Innovative Practices in Education: Perspectives on inclusivity/exclusivity and methodological challenges, chaired by Associate Professor Kari Holdhus. Some of the central questions asked and discussed where: How to develop research based and inclusive school concert practices? What characterizes creativity in the Write a Science Opera (WASO) context, and what do such characteristics imply for the design of WASO as a creative learning environment?


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)