Optiktivoli

All the colours of the rainbow illuminate the door leading from the darkness of Martin Hall into the chamber of light. A flood of visible light invites you to take part in playful learning in the unique OptikTivoli at Verket, The Works. Illusions, reflections, the refraction and division of light – there is much to explore here for both young and old. “The OptikTivoli provides a fascinating experience of light as a phenomenon – its characteristics and effects. Teaching is an art and art is an asset in teaching. This applies both to when we teach and when we are going to be involved in knowledge.” So says Solweig Palm, educationalist and coordinator for the NTA, natural science and technology for all, and for Creative Teaching at The Works. She guides us into the magical world of light. “Light is the word we use for the electromagnetic waves found throughout the universe. The spectrum for this radiation stretches from waves two kilometres long, friendly ones used for long-wave radio, and the very shortest that are found in nuclear power stations, gamma radiation that is dangerous for all living organisms. In one small interval of this spectrum is light – the white light that humans can perceive and which can be divided into the six clear colours of the rainbow.” With history, art, natural science and technology as its four pillars, teaching has found its home at The Works – and the source of inspiration is of course Avesta Art. The aim is to create a way of working that is so varied, enjoyable and artistic that everybody can find the keys necessary for opening the doors to new knowledge. Bagdad – with its oriental environment and interpretation – has been a guiding light for mathematics. The work has been supported by grants from the Erik Johan Ljungberg’s Teaching Foundation and local companies. OptikTivoli was created under the initiative of Solweig Palm. The idea grew out of the teaching at The Works for primary school pupils and was given and was given expression through experts and contacts across the globe. Palm developed the ideas and concepts of the Tivoli together with Hans Nilsson, who has for many years been Avesta Art’s exhibition technician. Palm is very proud that Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Japan has very kindly lent his optical illusions to OptikTivoli. During the summer of 2017, OptikTivoli is open in connection with Avesta Art. Afterwards, visits can be booked for school classes and others groups of inquiring minds. The exhibition is constructed in portable modules and is available for hire.