I spent Thursday through Saturday at the G! Festival, in Gøta. I could go on and on about Nordic musicians enfolded in mist on a North Atlantic beach, but that is outside the scope of both this blog and my writing abilities.
I got to be at G! by helping out with Watch That Film, a series of screenings of Faroese music videos, experimental films from the Orkney Islands, Faroese short films, a new silent film by Faroese musician Teitur, a documentary about the metal band Hamferð, and Barnafilmar–four short animated films screened for children. The “opening act” for Watch That Film was Read That Book–readings by Faroese authors/poets. Everything took place in a barn converted into a lounge for the occasion:
My official job title was “Minion”, which mostly meant some schlepping and some driving; however, I also created coloring pages for Barnafilmar. Children in the audience voted for best of the four children’s films by selecting a coloring page for their favorite. Rabbit and Deer, an exploration of friendship and the metaphysics of 2-D versus 3-D, won. We set out markers and children colored the pictures (or created their own on the reverse) and entered them in a drawing for a mobile phone. The much-improved-by-coloring pictures will be displayed on familjan.fo.
During my spare moments, I also found myself creating small sculptures out of masking tape.