Is there anything common between a siren, Hermes, planet Jupiter and lead? The answer is yes, there is. It is the knowledge that is hidden in the work of alchemists, which is brought down to us by rare books. This kind of knowledge and description about the Alchemists practice, is the content of rare books, kept today in the Gunnerus library in Trondheim. These are part of our special collection, thanks to many scholars, that donated their book collections to our University library since it was established in 1760. We have picked out a few of these books from the 16th century now and present them at the first floor of our library together with an Art exhibition inspired by their illustrations. The Exhibition with the title Art in the library will be standing for the next two months at the Gunnerus library in Trondheim. The exhibition is the outcome of a workshop our library organised together with an artist for High schhol students last February.
The workshop lead by Irene D. Marquez in collaboration with Mubil project brought into live the alchemist symbols and texts of the hidden knowledge from the past. The workshop of 8 weeks with the second year students of Steiner High school in Trondheim came to an end and the whole effort culminated with an exhibition where the products of the students work was presented. The exhibition opened the 22th of March and was visited by many High school students, their teachers, parents and friends of the school and the Gunnerus library.
|Irene and Aleka have been working hard six months for the workshop!|
Students worked hard but the work process became even more exciting because of time spend together with discussions about the past and the future. Art and creation was the frame of the workshop but while working and learning about the Alchemists Universe the dreams and plans of the young ones were shared and cherished. The enthusiasm and the knowledge the students showed during this art experiment, lifted the experience of teaching and creating to an act of learning for all of us participating and resulted to a colorful expressed exhibition of drawings and hand made books.
|Fredrik expalining distillation as a process brought down to us |
through the text of many old books.
|The books the students made carry their drawings and reflections.|
The plan is to run such a workshop every year with different subjects and techniques.
The Gunnerus library would like to thank, Irene and our bokbinder Kari together with the teachers and students of Steiner school, for their dedication and enthusiasm and our chemistry expert Fredrik as well as Ingunn Eva, Victoria, Nils Kristian and Ove for their help and support!
Watch our video Mubil 2013.