A poem by Cavafy
of this newsletter might remember that we spent a very special Ramadan in
Alexandria last November, tracing The Old Poet of Durrell's Alexandria
Quartet in this worn-out city by the light blue sea.
Our friend Mahmoud Aboudoma, inspiring leader of the People's theatre, gave
us the pleasure of reciting one of Cavafy's poems: "Grey".
Nicholas (Wakeham) who went there with me and our third camera friend Piri (Koman),
has edited a short "teaser" for our future viewers and producers out of the
beautiful material his camera captured. Please share it with us.
English translation of the verse follows below. A Swedish version is
subtitled to the film.
"With love and light", as the Alexandrian greeting says!
Looking at a half-grey opal
I remembered two beautiful grey eyes
I had seen; it must have been twenty years ago…
For a month we loved each other.
The he went away, I believe to Smyrna,
to work there, and we never saw each other after that.
The grey eyes - if he is alive - must have grown ugly;
the handsome face must have spoiled.
Dear Memory, preserve them as they used to be.
And, Memory, bring back to me tonight all that you can,
of this love of mine, all that you can.
Constantine P. Cavafy (1917)
Writer and filmmaker; latest novel "Passé simple" 2001, latest film show
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Professor of Art and Technology, Artistic coordinator, K3, Malmö University.
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THE "SHIFT" AND
"IMAGINEERING" E.A.T. (Sweden) PROGRAMS
(Skiften) program launched in 1998 to promote studies in attitudes and
expressions in the arts related to important shifts in times and manners, to
support concrete field cooperation between Academia and Art, to launch the
international SHIFT LECTURES.
"IMAGINEERING" program launched in 1999 to promote a joint postgraduate
study and research program between artists and engineers, in the tradition
of the Swedish-American E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) initiated
in the middle 60's. Courses start September 2, 2002.
On top of these
cultural-exchange and training programs, an
innovative arts research project - E.A.T. (Sweden) - was launched in early
2003 to find new paths for doctoral research, combining artistic projects
and process with stringent analysis and theoretical development. A test
group of 12 art workers and researchers will, in a cooperation between K3
and the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm, work out such a project. Dr.
Henrik Karlsson, established investigator of the theme, will advise the
Born 1937 in Motala, Sweden. Master of Arts, Uppsala and Stockholm
Universities 1961. Writer, journalist and filmmaker since 1965, film and
media producer. Director of the Swedish Cultural Center (CCS) in Paris 1988,
Counselor at the Swedish Embassy. Director of Cultural Projects Abroad at
the Nordic Council of Ministers, Copenhagen 1996. Artistic Director of K3,
Malmo University 1998. Married to Elisabeth Secher Svenstedt, producer at
the Jewish Theatre of Stockholm. Four children: Eva, Fredrik, Carl David and
Amelie. Residence in Malmö.
Union activist in FilmCentrum and Swedish Writers' Union. Counsellor to the
Danish Cultural Fund (Cinema, Dance and Drama). Columnist of Sydsvenska
Dagbladet (Malmö). Partner and co-founder of the Swe-Danes Moving Image
Research group (MIR).
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Counselor to the Danish Government: Kulturfonden, 2002
Officier de l'Ordre
des arts et des letters, Paris 2001
The Swedish Academy
Special Award, Stockholm 2000
Government Cultural Exchange Award ("Shuttle -99")
Special Diploma of the
Swedish Inmates' Association