What I am Working on Now – September 2017

During September 2017 I am:

Teaching:

Psychology of Time – at DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Denmark

Learning:

Attending the Art Therapy Seminar: “Art Therapy. Inner dialogues and mental health”, arranged by Institut for Kunstterapi, Gadbjerg, Denmark; 11 – 15 September, 2017

Attending CPH Fusion Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark, 15 – 18 September, 2017

Writing:

Collaborating with Marc Wittmann on a paper: Orientation to the present and future and its role in pro-environmental behaviour and sustainability.

An essay on culture, time and masks for the Indvielsen project .

Presenting:

The Indvielsen project to the Museum of Copenhagen – September 6, 2017.

Giving a talk “Individual differences in time perspective and sustainable behavior: Participatory simulation and debate” at the Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden, September 28, 2017.

Organizing:

A workshop on linking the time awareness, future thinking and sustainability across disciplines – more information to follow. Time Perspective Network, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 18, 2017.

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How do I manage all of the above and a few things that were left out? I love working with my version of the bullet journal and I also follow my own medicine regarding taking the creative breaks.

I am available for giving workshops on how to deal with culture shock and using creativity as a resource. I would be thrilled to develop a tailored talk / workshop regarding time, creativity and your field of interest.

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Urban Sketching Walk in Riga

While in Riga I managed to join the Urban Sketching Summer School, however, only during one evening. It was great to finally meet Rudy Murdock from Indonesia, who was one of the mentors.

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It was nice to see all the different styles that people use when sketching and it was fun to try new instruments as well – Rudy brought some sticks from Indonesia to use with the ink.


I really enjoyed those – they are carved unevenly and therefore they give different thickness to the line and thus while using them there is always room for some happy and funny accidents on paper. It was very inspiring also to see the real ink on paper. Although most of the time I use close to fountain pen with ink, but there is no substitute to real ink! I loved it and I think I’ll be using it more! Time to go to the woods and find some oak sticks!

 

Meeting at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

On June 22, 2017 the mini-symposium Thinking the Present and Future – Psychological Insights on the Role of Subjective Time organized by Marc Wittmann was held at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., Potsdam, Germany.

Marc has invited me, Maciej Stolarsky (University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland), Oksana Senyk (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine) and Oleksiy Polunin (Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics, Kyiv, Ukraine) to present some insights about the irrational behaviour of people in general and the role time perspective plays in sustainability decisions in particular.

We met with the researchers from the Futurisation of Politics group, who work on the following issues: the potential benefits for transformations towards sustainability of a conscious approach to long-term issues in policy design, the representation of future generations in contemporary politics and the circumstances under which their representation might be improved, developing a nuanced and critical understanding of the deployment of time horizons in politics and science. Overall, the project links research perspectives on future challenges and sustainable action across the fields of philosophy, political science, economics and social-psychology.

Program of the meeting included the following talks:

Maciej Stolarski: Looking at time horizons from an aerial view: The role of meta-cognitive processes in balancing one’s own time perspective profile

Oksana Senyk: The effects of socio-economic crisis on youth’s time perspective: case of Ukrainian 17-24- year-olds

Oleksiy Polunin: Mental representation of time flow as modulator of human behavior

Anna Sircova: Individual differences in time perspective and sustainable behavior: Participatory simulation and debate

It was a very inspiring day and of course it was a great pleasure to meet everyone in person! And as a surprising finale of the meeting, me and Maciej were interviewed by Gerhard Richter from Deutschlandfunk (German National Public Radio). Will send the link once our interview will go live!

Finding Creative Flow: Next Stop – Latvia

Finding Creative Flow course is about to start in Greece – we are starting the creative journey this Sunday, June 11.

This summer I am moving around a lot. After the sustainability meeting in Potsdam, I will be heading a bit more north, to Latvia. In case you are nearby and would like to have a taste of the Finding Creative Flow course, you’re more than welcome to join me there from July 1 to July 23.

This time around I am hosting the course in our family house in Latvia. It is located in Kadaga, which is about 24 km away from Riga, not far away from the road to Tallinn. It’s a 3-bedroom house, with spacious living room and a nice outside patio looking at the forest.

July in Latvia is probably the best time of the year. Of course, it is located on the Baltic sea, so the weather can always bring some surprises, but usually it is sunny and warm. Perfect weather to go on bike rides around the nearby villages, go for hikes in the nearby forest, collecting berries and mushrooms. Our patio is the best place to have a BBQ and watch the beautiful sunset. We can listen to different music from my huge collection and play some instruments as well – there is a piano and an acoustic guitar.

Kadaga is about 24 km away from Riga, not far away from the road to Tallinn. There is a lake with the sand beach nearby, and places for volleyball. There is also a tennis court and a swimming pool with sauna in Adazi (2 km away). It is about 15 minutes away from the sea (by car) – Saulkrasti, where Jazz Festival takes place. There is a farm nearby where we can get fresh milk and other products locally produced.

I am open both to individual inquiries and small groups up to 3-4 curious minds to join me in Latvia.

We will do sketching and writing. You don’t have to be able to draw to join this workshop, but you must be willing to draw anyway. We will do mindfulness exercises. We will go on long walks in the surrounding area. We will sit silently in nature. We will observe sunrises or sunsets. We will actively explore the space around us, paying attention to small details, overall patterns and color change.

We will listen to the space around us and inside us and put it into words and images. We will be alone and we will be together.

We will actively explore the Latvian countryside, sketching at the local food market, or visiting the fisherman’s villages, walking in the sand dunes and pine forest, visiting medieval castles, tasting the locally crafted beers and cheese.

Booking:

The course fee: up to 5 days – 1800 dkk / 250 euro + VAT (25%)

Deposit of 500 dkk / 70 euro + VAT (25%)  is payable upon sign-up

The fee does not include transportation to the location, accommodation, meals or personal art supplies – however they can be organized if you wish. Contact me for more information.

Accommodation

20 euro / 150 dkk per night – minimum stay 3 nights

Trip to Tunisia – March 2017

My field study trip to Tunisia was very inspiring and full of unexpected discoveries. What struck me the most was the light – it is something very special there. The sky seems to be so high and the light is amazing. It’s hard to explain what is it exactly about it. So if you’re curious, I just invite you to visit Tunisia and see and experience it yourself.

I am considering to organize a Finding Creative Flow – a sketching and writing trip to Tunisia later on this year, possibly in October – November. Join my Newsletter to get the first notification about it.

I was happy to study a bit before the trip about the journey that  Paul Klee and August Macke took in Tunisia back in 1914. It gave me a few hints what to look for and where.

I have visited Testour and saw the clock that goes backwards. Spent a memorable day in Dougga exploring the Phoenician and Roman architecture. The way they built houses, streets, baths, and of course, the mosaics.

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Exploring Tunisia

In March I’m off for a week of exploring Tunisia. Excited to see the ancient Carthago. And of course to see what Paul Klee, August Macke and Wassily Kamdinsky saw there. Interesting link to Bauhaus. Here are some pages from the book with sketches by Paul Klee and others from their trip to Tunisia in 1914.