Posts Tagged ‘Maktens Pluttifikasjon’

An evening at KinoKino

February 13, 2011

We recently spent an evening at the center of art and film KinoKino in Sandnes, just outside of Stavanger. Currently, KinoKino is housing the exhibition Serieglobus, comic book artists’ view on the conflicts of the world. The exhibition is curated by Morten Harper and features work by international artists such as Marjane Satrapis (Persepolis), Ted Rall (The Afghan Sketchbook), Guy Desisle (Burma Chronicles) and Art Spiegelman (Maus).

But seeing Serieglobus was just an added bonus to our visit as our main purpose was to see the screenings of three new animated films: The Lost Thing based on the book by Shaun Tan (Nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award), Angry Man based on the book by Gro Dahle and Svein Nyhus (Nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award) and A Town called Panic by Belgian animators Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier.

The Lost Thing is a beautifully animated film, true to the spirit and rhythm of the Shaun Tan’s reto-futuristic book.

Watch the trailer here:

Angry man came about as a project to empower children who grow up in families suffering from domestic violence. Both the book and the film have been in the Norwegian Red Cross’s programs to raise awareness against domestic violence. Directed and produced by Anita Kill, it has already received several international short film awards.

Finally, A town called Panic, is a hilariously anarchic animation! The Belgians already have a strong cult following in their home country and it would be surprising if their original sense of humor won’t conquer the rest of Europe.

Two happy filmlovers in the audience: 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award recipient Kitty Crowther together with Swedish picture book artist Gunilla Bergström.

Nyhus & Nyhus

February 10, 2011

Twin brothers Svein Nyhus and Egil Nyhus captivated the audience when they presented their work at Maktens Pluttifikasjon in Stavanger. Illustrating twins aren’t an exclusivity for Norway. In Sweden, Lisen Adbåge and Emma Adbåge (also present in Stavanger) booth have successful careers as picture book artists. But the interesting thing about the Nyhus brothers are that they work in very different fields of picture book illustration.

This became very apparent in their presentation. Svein Nyhus counts as one of the great innovators of Norwegian illustration. In fact, he is nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award together with writer Gro Dahle. Egil Nyhus, on the other hand, has chosen a more commercial path, illustrating the hugely successful Kaptein Sabeltann series. In other words, Egil Nyhus route has been much more lucrative. So far. In case Svein Nyhus actually receives the 5 million SEK Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award this will change overnight. But Egil Nyhus need not to worry. He showed a signed contract that guarantees him half the award total in case his brother wins!

In any case, we are sure to hear more from these highly talented and productive brothers.

Kitty Crowther soon in Norwegian

February 10, 2011

The 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award recipient Kitty Crowther opened the Stavanger conference early on Tuesday morning. When talking about her work she explained how she sees herself like a film maker who doesn’t know how the film will end when starts shooting. Kitty Crowther first selects the actors, the characters, and then stays sensitive to the story as the work on the book progresses.

Good news for Norwegian fans is that two books by Kitty Crowther will be published in Norway in 2011, by Cappelen Damm: Le petit homme et Dieu and Poka & Mine: Le football.

A brief report from Stavanger

February 8, 2011

Maktens Pluttifikasjon, the Nordic children’s literature conference is well underway. What makes the conference special is the breadth of participants and topics, all sectors of children’s literature are represented: librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, researchers, publishers, translators and last but not least – the super readers, youngsters who aren’t shy to give their opinion.

The conference opened with a reading of the funny and thoughtful picture book Odd er et egg (Odd is an egg) by Lisa Aisato.

Maria Nikolajeva, professor at Cambridge University, held the opening lecture in which she spoke about knowledge and power. An interesting lecture, where prof. Nicolajeva gave examples of how children’s literature can be used as an instrument of power and how the adult writer has the potential to manipulate the child reader through artistic means.

With the conference name Maktens Pluttifikasjon, referring to Pippi Longstocking, in mind Agnes-Margrehte Bjorvand from the University of Agder showed how Astrid Lindgren borrowed and reused material from herself. Themes, characters and scenes in her earliest works, the short stories she wrote for monthly magazines, reappears in her later books.

We also had the opportunity to listen to Danish writer Fatima A. Alatraktchi, who wrote her first novel at the tender age of fourteen. The dystopic novel received critical acclaim for its realistic depiction of power struggles in school, paralleled in the world at large.

Stavanger calling!

January 17, 2011

Under the artistic leadership of Ine Marit Torsvik Bertelsen, the biannual children’s literature conference in Stavanger is dubbed Maktens Pluttifikasjon and aims to raise questions of power, transition and social class in the world of children’s literature.

The conference program features researchers, authors, illustrators and promoters of reading, mostly from Scandivia, but also from other parts of the world.

Highlights in the program include:

  • This year’s Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Kitty Crowther will present her work with special focus on her latest book Le petit homme et Dieu.
  • Professor Maria Nikolajeva, former member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury, will speak under the title Knowledge is power.
  • Author Stefan Casta, member of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award jury, will speak about The powerlessness of the Author.
  • Researcher Lena Kåreland will speak about the Different disguises of power in Swedish young adult literature.
  • Illustrators Svein Nyhus (Norway) and Carll Cneut (Belgium), both nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, will present their work.

The conference will aslo feature interesting debates, one of which will cover how Norwegian children’s literature is received and reviewed in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. In this debate the translator Gabriele Haefs, who held a very inspirational acceptance speach as she received the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis 2009, will participate.

Maktens Pluttifikasjon takes place 7-9 February. Here’s where you sign up!