International Partnership for Macedonian Arts LOG  ::

POSTED 03.10.08 ::

The student designers on the collaborative teams from both Sweden and US have been selected. They are: Zarah Nilsson, Linn Davdsson and Emma Lundgren of Sweden and Perry Brown, Beau Bishop, Lesley Graham and Traci Rood of the US. For more info about each student, click module 0.01 Design Team or click on the image below.

Below is the Team:


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POSTED 01.30.08 ::

The plans are drawn and the players selected from the art/design program of TROY and the informatics program of Halmstad to move forward on the design of a website exhibiting the art and culture of Macedonia. After much research over the past year, the gathering of interviews, photographs, and the making of important contacts in Macedonia, the time has come to produce a Macedonia-honoring website that reflects the continuing arts movements and developments of this culturally rich people. The goal is to offer the world yet another opportunity to take a peak into the wonderful world of art in Macedonia.

The names, pics and bios of the players in this Macedonian Project will be posted soon on this website. TROY participants will be posting preliminary visuals for potential interface designs. Halmstad students will then enter the discourse with critique/suggestions and then programming will commence once a graphical style has been determined.

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POSTED 11.02.07 ::

A team of professors from Halmstad University visit TROY University in the USA. This team comprised of Ewa Zimmerman, Mats Lindqvist, Jesper and Mikal, made a formal presentation to TROY design students regarding the curriculum offered at Halmstad as well as a thorough explanation of information design in communications.

Additionally, the Halmstad and TROY teams had a series of planning meetings regarding the Macedonian Project as well as future collaborations for the purpose of interdisciplinary and international growth. It was determined that web design students of TROY would team up with informatics students of Halmstad to work on a parallel project during the Spring 2008 term. It was also suggested that a team of students/faculty from TROY would visit Halmstad in May 2008 to collaborate in a design charrette with their student/faculty counterparts of Sweden.

Although most of the visit was comprised of important meetings and presentations, the Swedes were able to take some time to visit the nearby beautiful Florida beaches as well as visit a professional hockey game in NYC before returning home.

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POSTED 08.15.07 ::

Ewa Zimmerman and Torben Svane of Halmstad agree to arrange a visit to TROY by representatives from the communications and informatics programs. The purpose of this visit is to strengthen the partnership between the two institutions through common understanding of each institution's campus, curriculum and vision. The formal visit to TROY would take place in Fall 2007.

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POSTED 04.02.07 ::

In late May, TROY sent a duo --Sara Dismukes and Sheetal Nangia-- to gather important information from the actual Small Montmartre Youth Arts Festival in Bitola, Macedonia. The trip was highly productive as Sara and Sheetal met directly with the director and founder of the festival and conducted a comprehensive interview through an interpreter. The TROY team gathered many still images as well as video.

Another great benefit of the Macedonia visit was the meeting of representatives from a technical college in Bitola. This institution is anxious to partner as well with iC3 in creating collaborative possibilities.

(above) Sheetal Nangia (USA/India) photographs work completed by students at prior Small Montmarte Festivals.

(above) Sara Dismukes (USA) takes a moment to listen to the founder and director of the Macedonian youth arts festival explain how the festival came to be over 25 years earlier.

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POSTED 12.16.06 ::

It has been determined that the TROY/Halmstad team of designers will be creating an informational web presence to promote an international youth arts festival that is held each spring in the city of Bitola, Macedonia. More details forthcoming...

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POSTED 11.26.06 ::

The TROY UNIVERSITY team returned from Sweden/Denmark to begin preparation for the next phase of the collaborative project. Soon to be posted will be a couple briefings by experts in the fields of collaboration and sustainability in design. These briefings will be provided not only for our partners in this project but also for the benefit of the iC3 readership.

Currently, progress is being made on developing the common web shell, the gathering of content related to the project, identification of Swedish informatics students who will be participating and more. As soon as the developments come to fruition, updates will be posted here.



(above) Danny Leary (USA), Maria Akesson (SE), and Josh Yohn (USA) discuss parameters of the partnership.

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POSTED 11.14.06 ::

Students and faculty from TROY UNIVERSITY are preparing to depart for Copenhagen, Denmark to visit with two experts: educationalist, environmentalist, designer and founder of the ICIS Centre of Denmark--Karen Blincoe (left below) and author, designer, environmentalist, and maker--Alistair Faud-Luke, UK (below right).

These two will offer this upcoming iC3 project a context of social and cultural awareness. The exact details of the collaborative project will be forthcoming as plans are now being negotiated with parties from a third country to be the focus of the TROY/Halmstad project.

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POSTED 10.04.06 ::

Students and faculty from
HALMSTAD UNIVERSITY of Sweden and TROY UNIVERSITY of the United States move forward on a collaborative multimedia project. Participants are embarking on a journey to discover a design solution utilizing their collective skills. The team of students/faculty will be from various academic backgrounds ranging from music to engineering.

In November 2006, participants will meet face-to-face in Halmstad to meet and interview their partners across the ocean. They will also be presented with a written brief prepared by a significant designer in the field of sustainable design. Another brief will be shared that identifies various "hot spots" around the world where the message of sustainability can effectively and immediately make a large difference.

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PROJECT MODULES >

Below are project assignments, tasks and briefings in sequence. Click on the link to see the evidentiary progress.



 

G R E E T I N G S !



iC3 participants from both Sweden and the US are now engaged in the development of a website to reflect the various artistic and cultural activities of modern Macedonia The primary highlight of the initial website will be the exciting and highly ambitious Small Montmarte of Bitola—an international youth arts festival.

Click on the Project Modules above to peruse the development of the research and development up to this point. Module 07 is the current phase where students are beginning to visualize the graphical style.

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iC3 associates visited Bitola, Macedonia in the summer of 2007 to conduct interviews with directors, teachers and students involved in the growing Small Montmarte of Bitola. Many resources not revealed in this iC3 site were collected and distributed for the Swedish and American designers.

- Jerry j