Janne Robberstad

Welcome to my site! I work as an eco-designer, an artist, as a teacher and as a researcher, and creating, or ARTING as I prefer, makes me happy! This is both a portfolio of things I´ve made and a blog meant to inspire.

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By spotogspindel | November 20, 2019

The Global Science Opera premiers today with its 5th opera: Gravity!

It is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Eddington´s effort to acquire solid scientific support for Einstein´s Theory of General Relativity. He sent two expeditions to Sobral in Brazil and Principe in Sao Tome & Principe in Western Africa, where they would photograph the solar-eclipse in 1919. These photos, when compared to other photos of the same star-constallations, showed that the stars closest to the sun had “moved”, that is, the light from them was influenced by the gravitational forces from the sun.  So how do you teach students from primary-level all the way up to university-level about spacetime, light-curvature and the genreal relativity theory? Well, through song, dance, acting and eco-art, of course! Click the poster, and you can see the finished opera:

20 countries participated in this effort, the main story was created and performed by students from Sao Tome % Principe and Brazil, and was part of the official national celebratory program in both countries.

This year, I learned basic film-editing, by making the trailer for the opera (at the beginning of the opera).

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Portable metal-brush or embroidered x-ray

By spotogspindel | October 27, 2019

I have what looks like a portable paint-brush inside my right arm. It´s not. It´s made of metal. And the brushy-part is metal screws. No big deal. I broke my wrist. Slightly bigger deal, it´s my right arm. As an artist, my right arm is rather valuable to me. But again, no big deal. I live in a blessed country with functioning social democracy, which means, that I do not only get medical help when I need it. It´s all paid for by the state and through my taxes. This post isn´t really about the politics though. It´s about dealing with a new and unknown situation through art. Above is a water-color of my x-rayed arm. I had surgery, and the doctors placed a metal-rod into my arm, along the bone. And screwed it down.

As I mentioned, my right arm is rather important to me. So post-surgery, it is all about training back the movement, strength and flexibility into my arm. I started by knitting, to train my wrist, but I wanted to make an art-piece of my x-ray, and I wanted to needle-point embroider it. Turned out embroidery is even better than knitting for wrist-training.

First, I printed a copy of the photo of the x-ray. I then traced the image by taping the print up on the wondow and crawing directly on the loosely woven stramei-fabric with alchohol-ink markers.

The grey nuances in fine alpaca-yarn.

And off we go! Needle-point is unbelievably meditative. Listening to audio-books and repetitive motions to train my wrist and seeing the progress. The size is about 10×25 cm, and it took me 4 days to complete,  with pauses so I wouldn´t get tendonitis.

Finally, the needle-point is finished, and I sewed on a black velvet backing, stuffed it, and now I can use it as an arm-rest when I am using the mouse on my computer. If that´s not meta-art, I don´t know!

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Art-journal entries

By spotogspindel | October 17, 2019


My art-journal is at times lonely, not getting much attention. But I did make a few entries this over the past weeks.

The two eyes are practices with color-combination and brush-strokes.

This page is a solid annoyance and a quite despair of how much we KNOW and yet how little we DO about climate change. It´s a war, and we seem to think somehow we can choose to be neutral.

This one is inspired directly from the Amazon burning. Sometimes I am filled with fright at how greed trumps all common sense!

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By spotogspindel | October 15, 2019

The kick-off meeting for our newest research-project: GSO4SCHOOL. In collaboration with partners from Greece, Portugal, Italy and Cyprus, and funded by the EU, this Erasmus+ project will train teachers in the GSO methodology and STEAM education. As th coordinator of the project it is especially exciting!


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The Prague Quadrennial

By spotogspindel | July 13, 2019

I first heard of the Prague Quadrennial a couple of decades ago, my baby-sister was there when she studied costume-design, but I had never been. This year, I decided it was time!

It was a wonderment of lectures, exhibitions, national pavilions, workshops, talks …. And sustainability was clearly becoming a topic which more and more theatre-people were aware of and wanted to actively do something about. I met my phd-supervisor, the founder of Eco-scenography, Tanja Beer, and got to know her a bit. And a whole group of eco-scenographers from all over the world met and connected. It´s always a special thing when you meet kindered spirits you´ve communicated with for year via email, and finally you meet them face to face.

There were awesome exhibitions and pavilions, for more photos, visit my Instagram. 

How lucky am I, to be traveling with my very own lighting-designer?!

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CASE summer school 2019

By spotogspindel | July 6, 2019


The second summer-school for CASE – Creativity, Arts and Science in Primary Education is back in Marathonas, Greece.

This year with four workshops: Learning Science through Puppetry (aboe they are making their puppets), Learning science through theatre, learning science through slowmation (stop-motion) and learning science through digital storytelling.

Together and in groups, the participants made an outline of the story, which was connected to this years GSO scientific topic gravity.

The making of a short-film above with easy equipment.

I managed to sneak in an afternoon-workshop in eco-design, where the participants made site-specific land-art installations on the beach. Their inspiration was to visualise the solar-eclipse.

After four days of intense work, the audience was invited to the premiere of “Fall in love with gravity”.

The crab is the main character that guides us through a story of love, jealousy , Greek mythology and hard-core science.

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Pulpit Rock

By spotogspindel | June 14, 2019

I love to travel, and I love to discover new things, new paths, new experience. And I realise I don´t necessarily need to travel too far, especially when I live in a country as versatile as Norway. It´s been a dream to travel to Pulpit Rock in Rogalnd for years now, and finally it happend. It´s only about a four-hour drive from my house, so it could have been done in a day. But my two dear friends made a weekend of it, and we spend three days and two nights in Stavanger, chatting, having fun, going to cafés, and to Pulpit Rock of course. It was a steady hike of about an hour, before the landscape opened up, and we could carefully ease our way to the edge and gaze 900 meter straight down into the fjord. Yup. It´s cool. Way cool!


It´s great to travel, but discovering your own neighbourhood is equally cool!

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A little Gravity is a big deal!

By spotogspindel | May 29, 2019

May 29th is THE day to celebrate Eddington and Einstein. It´s the 100th aniversary for Eddington´s solar eclipse expeditions, that proved Eisntein´s theory to be more precise than Newtons on gravity. It resulted in instant world fame and a Nobel-prize in physics for Einstein, now known as the father of spacetime and the Theory of General Relativity.

Part of the official program in both Sobral, Brazil and Principe in Sao Tome & Principe, in West Africa, the two historical sites for the expeditions, the Global Science opera was performed live by students, supported by amazing teachers. I was in Bergen in the TV-studio, stitching it all together, but honestly i really wished I could have been both in Brazil and Principe. What beautiful places, what wonderful people, what interesting science.

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By spotogspindel | May 20, 2019

“The summer-warmth on newly baked naked rock faces…” 80×120 cm

This is the picture that will adorn one of the walls at the new NAV in Bømlo (public social office). They just moved into a new location, and this was the commissioned gift from the builders. I am so honoured that people still think of me when they want art-gifts for major buildings. My mind has been pretty wrapped up in academia the past year, and I sorely miss being creative. Which is why little things like this make me so happy! Thank you Bømlo Storsenter! And congratulations NAV Bømlo with the new locations. I hope you enjoy the art.

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Portugal´s wine-district

By spotogspindel | March 31, 2019

A weekend off in Porto, what to do… well, how about a visit to Douro Valley, where all the Port-wine is from?! I was invited by friends I met in Principe, and spent the weekend on a wineyard, with the Sunday on a little boat-trip up the valley. This is winter, can you imagine how lush it must be in the summer? Centuries old balcony-farming of grape-wvines. Sooo beautiful!

And a few photos from the vineyard:

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