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National Science Week 2019

The CALENDARS team had a stand at the National Science Week expo (Forskningstorget) in Bergen in September. Here they did a pilot in testing the method of using the primstav as a tool for collecting representations of seasons by the citizens of Bergen. We asked the questions; How are the seasons changing? How many seasons do we actually have in Bergen? Why do we divide the year as we do and how could we do it differently? Has it always been like this and will we have other seasons in the future?

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people posing
The team is ready for the National Science Week
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Sissel S. Aasheim for UiB
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rack with drawings
The primstavs displayed at a rack. At the start of the day, a few examples made by the CALENDAR team members were displayed
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Sissel S. Aasheim for UiB
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Drawing at paper on table
People queed up to make their own primstav at the CALENDARS stand
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Sissel S. Aasheim for UiB
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Rack with drawings
By the end of the day the rack was full of primstavs made by childeren passing by the stand. The illustrations on the primstavs showed a wide variety of representations of the seasons in Bergen today
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Sissel S. Aasheim for UiB
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drawing
Close up of one primstav that was made, worth noticing the autumn season was represented as very short
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Sissel S. Aasheim for UiB
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Drawing
Close up of one primstav that was made
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The people that came to the CALENDARS stand at the expo got to make their own primstav based on a template made of paper provided by the team.
The stand must be said to be a success as we after two days on the stand had two full racks of `primstavs` providing us
with a lot of information about how the notion of seasons were represented by the citizens of Bergen today. 

The team is now working with how to develop this method further for work with stakeholder groups and institutions in Bergen