On October 16, Adam Morris, the last resident of the residency period dedicated to religious beliefs, left Faber. It was a very fruitful months at the Residency. Ten residents who stayed with us shared their knowledge in schools, colleges, universities and cultural centres. All in all, they did twelve activities, addressed to students and to general public. There was also an everyday exchange of experiences among the residents. Those were four intense weeks with lots of accomplishments. Now it is time to sum it up.
The first residents to arrive at Faber were Tiina Kristoffersson, Víctor Pallejà, Susan J. Palmer and Roy Horovitz. Tiina Kristoffersson (Finland), director of a music theatre in Helsinki and designer of protestant prayer beads under the trademark The House of Kristoffer, gave a talk for a group of students at INS Malagrida about her country and its religions. Víctor Pallejà (Catalonia), arabist and expert on Islam, scholar and traveller, specialist in Islamic thought and history of religions, did two activities: one at INS Bosc de la Coma, where he talked to students about what Islam is, and another one – a public lecture “Understanding Islam in XXI century” at Can Trincheria. Susan J. Palmer (Quebec), writer, investigator, editor, teacher and sociologist, specializing in new religious movements, went – together with her harp – to Escola Pia d’Olot to talk about the characteristics of a new religious movement: the Raëlian movement. Roy Horovitz (Israel), actor, director and dramaturg, did a workshop on religion and theatre at Cor de Maria school of Olot.
A week later, Paul Gifford Paul, Meera Kachroo, Elena Kalmykova and Stephen Plant arrived. Paul Gifford (an Englishma living in Ethiopia), Emeritus Professor of Religion, gave a lecture at Pompeu Fabra University, titles “What is religion? Reflexions on Africa” and a seminar in Ramon Llull Univeristy about chistianity in Subsaharian Africa. Meera Kachroo (Canada), ethnographer, researcher and lecturer of South Asian Religions, gave a talk for students of INS Castell d’Estela d’Amer about the principles of traditional Hatha Yoga (yoga for strength), including discipline, votes, ethics and salvation, and contrasted it with some aspects of commercialisation and cultural policies of modern yoga. Elena Kalmykova (Russia), philosopher of religion, gave a talk at Petit Plançó school about the research in religion, divided between the study of practices and the study of beliefs. Stephen Plant (United Kingdom), theologian and Anglican priest, member of Trinity Hall in the University of Cambridge, where he teaches Christian Theology and Ethics, gave a lecture at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Girona about the protestant theology of Martin Luther and its social and cultural consequences.
The last resident to arrive was Sandra J. Ceas (Colorado, USA), artist, educator and social justice practitioner in the arts, participated in Drawing Fair of Olot, creating a big mural on the ground with the help of people who passed by, the work was composed of different elements that came from nature and from the street.
So, as we have said at the beginning, those were very intense weeks, full of activities, which made it possible for the residents to work in Olot and out of Olot, in la Garrotxa and out of la Garrotxa, and also in Girona and Barcelona.
Now it’s time to focus on the residency period dedicates to feminism. It started this Monday (October 23). And we are also thinking about the future residencies of 2018: urban planning, mathematics, energy transition, pedagogy and robotics. And maybe some other surprise residency.
We would like to thank all the professionals and the institutions that were with us during this residency period. Together with you, we are going to continue!