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The initiative of the director of the UCWF gave rise to the idea of working on the subject of the closed system, which was edited in a form of Think Tank and is now available in a publication. The director UCWF will eventually send a foreword, then the text will be ready for downloading from the DGFK archive.


The project Doll-Museum in Flateyri has hope for a positive development, because at the end of May the local elections will take place.

A short-term conversation in the mayor's office was helpful.


The discussion was followed by the slideshow, available now as a soft copy, about the long-standing experiences in the Dolls Museum. The 20 posters in DIN A 2 format can also be used as a traveling exhibition in the region.

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For our friends in the University Centre of the Westfjords

Self-contained note on three book projects

At the end of the year 2017 there are 3 publications about living concepts:


From a series of articles for a technical magazine between 2008 and 2012, the German translation is now available with original graphics and illustrations, in which the topic of Housing is discussed from different points of view (economy, technology, science, philosophy, etc.).


A conversation between Prof Dr Mackemsen and Prof Dr Pintsch resulted in a comparison of two research and teaching methods: the traditional one with quotations and references and the unconventional one, almost without references, which deliberately leaves the reader to look for the source and thus stimulates him to another form of activity.


From mosaic-like aspects to the system view between holistic, open and closed system, with the emphasis on the closed system.

In sketchy contributions, the complete range is discussed: the physical, earth-related to the far-off independent system and the psychic phenomenon of being self-contained for example in special diseases (amyottrophic lateral sclerosis).

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FLATEYRI in April 2017

Volunteers on site: Senta Siller, Sabine, Norbert Pintsch

Meeting with the new director of the museum fund: Bryndis
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In the Class Room

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Prof Dr Pintsch/SUTOL Prof Dr Pintsch/IPC

Three different project are described below with experiences, opportunities and local limitations pointed out.


Computer Aided Hospital Management System/Rural Oriented Hospital Management System The whole pallet, from service up to operation has to be organized, which creates costs, -very characteristic of institutions in urban areas. This is quite opposite to institutions far away from the cities. The lack of finances, regarding staff as well as in the planning and use of the operating costs, needs to be appropriately taken into consideration. A rural oriented hospital management system (ROHMS) must take these factors into account. The difference between CAHMS and ROHMS is in location. In urban areas, a hospital functions only when the industrial-technological pre-conditions are met; i.e. personnel, training, patient care, air-conditioning, etc., must be adjusted. A problem in other cultures, for example, is the patient care by relatives, which often leads to difficulties in the recovery process and brings new health risks with it. In a ROHMS, specific characteristics of rural life are taken into account. The energy production is different, the employees are not confused through industrial training, the water supply, incl. Drainage is completely different as compared to urban areas. The traditional knowledge is used, natural climate control is utilized, local materials and traditional, yet adapted, forms of construction are used. The staff follows local forms of remuneration based on the traditional culture. Although this described system is already being practiced in an environmentally friendly manner etc., the influence of the resource-devouring, environmentally damaging industrial system is so widespread, that reasonable alternatives are unlikely to prevail.

Impact of CNC on the HC

In several essays, the problem of handmade objects has been outlined, which in an ever growing uniform environment have only little chance of promoting their original purpose, namely income enhancement for people (mainly women in rural areas) and to generate some revenue for the community. Problem points in this regard include the non-reversible push of people from rural into urban areas and the resulting requirement of regular income, which adds them to the existing consumer base. That the reality is quite opposite with declining numbers of productively active people and at the same time increasing production, is actually not recognized in the consumer world, so that nevertheless productively active artisans are supposed to adjust themselves of CNC and 3D production. This is not a world first. A look at the tourism centers shows clearly how strong the uniformity is already enforced, for example through travelers, who buy souvenirs in the assumption, that they are buying unique items. The buyer subtly enjoys using his buying habits from everyday life including bargaining and haggling, special bargains are attractive, little aware that they are actually contributing to the destruction of the handicraft itself. Ultimately, also the discussion about Original versus Copy comes up. Why buy an original in a world where true copies are easily available? - this is the underlying question. Color, sound, text, - everything is flexible and available; waiting for further application. But change has taken place not only in this field of art, but long ago also in the areas of fashion, leisure, food, education and health.

IISS / Integrated infrastructure system in a rural area

NeemTree / MoringaTree / Jetrupa Cures -Ph tester-Water Pump

Thanks to the digital communication and information age, people even in remote rural areas obtain news about the lives of people in the so-called industrialized countries, - with all its possibilities and apparent abundance. One is inclined to share and participate in it, preferably immediately than later.

The problems behind the sham abundance are not perceived, not even by the producers, who are in fact proud of their performance: Water for all, Housing for all, etc., etc.. One cannot expect of the migrants to understand the economic ups and downs of the economic factors, - that's even true of the highly developed countries. It is like speaking of water and drinking wine. The correlations between production and commerce, consumption and uniformity are at best entertaining, - serving only as theory and as entertainment program for general distraction and targeted manipulation of the believing public and consumers. Background to this discussion is rural project, supposed to offer remedy through the targeted measure of providing flowing water to a basin for buffaloes and to bring the fresh water supply back on track. The process is to be accompanied by regular pH tests. The project is laudable, but lack of interest of the affected people is to be expected, who are possibly not interested in a controlled environmental pollution, or even its stoppage, and rather more interested in pursuing their internal family interests. There can also be no discussion of educational deficit or other cultures. This development is similar in the whole world: one is most interested in becoming a consumer, getting regular income, fixed breaks, - in short, the existing mistake further propagated by the media, which is erroneously perceived as progress.

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Dúkkur sem bæta lífsskilyrði kvenna

Alþjóðlega dúkkusafnið á Flateyri stækkar sífellt og í vikunni kom forsprakki þess færandi hendi að nýju. Hún er kölluð dúkkumóðirin þar sem hún kennir konum um allan heim að búa til og selja dúkkur til bæta lífsskilyrði sín.

Senta Siller færði Flateyringum dúkkusafn sitt fyrir fimmtán árum: "Það var stór snjóflóð sem við lásum um í blöðunum. Ég sagði við manninn minn að ég ætti sex ferðatöskur af dúkkum sem ég gerði ekkert með. Við ættum að að fara til Flateyrar og spyrja hvort þau vilji nýtt safn."
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Afmælishátíð dúkkusafnsins á Flateyri

Á Flateyri eru nú stödd hjónin Prof. Norvert Pintsch og Dr. Senta Siller en þau gáfu á sínum tíma dúkkusafnið til samfélagsins á Flateyri. Safnið hefur verið til húsa í Félagsbæ og innheldur fjöldann allan af dúkkum í þjóðbúningum. Þau hjónin hafa rekið fjölmörg þróunarverkefni víða um heim m.a. í Pakistan, Kolumbíu og Kamerun og er kjarni þeirra vinnu að efla konur. Rauði þráðurinn í þeirri vinnu hefur verið framleiðsla á sérhönnuðum brúðum í þjóðabúningum viðkomandi landa, en þróunin hefur haldið áfram á hverjum stað fyrir sig og í dag eru til vörulínur af allskonar söluvarningi frá hverju landi.

Á Flateyri var á sínum tíma haldin þjóðahátíð og var Norbert og Senta boðið og mættu þau með sölubás sem sýndu afrakstur vinnu þeirra í hinum ýmsum löndum. Flateyri var í sárum eftir snjóflóðið á þessum tíma og datt þeim í hug að færa þorpinu alþjóðlegt brúðusafn, sem var í þeirra eigu. Brúðusafnið var afhent handverkshópnum Purku sem var á þeim tíma stjórnað af Sigríði Magnúsdóttir í Valþjófsdal, Þorbjörgu og fleiri konum. Jóhanna Kristjánsdóttir tók verkefnið líka í fóstur og var mikil virkni í kringum safnið í nokkur ár. Brúðusafninu hefur í gegnum tíðina borist fleiri gjafir, til að mynda færði ísfirski píanóleikarinn Anna Áslaug Ragnarsdóttir safninu 25 brúður að gjöf.

Hjónin Norbert og Senta komu hér í eina tíð árlega til Flateyrar, námskeið voru haldin í allskonar handverki og eitt árið kom með þeim kona úr litlu þorpi í Pakistan og héldu þau öflugt brúðugerðarnámskeið sem heppnaðist með einsdæmum vel.

Núna hafa þau sett upp aukasýningu með brúðum og fleiru frá Guatemala og er þessi sýning viðbót við sýninguna sem fyrir er.

Fyrirhugað er að bjóða til veislu ámorgun, sumardaginn fyrsta í tilefni 15 ára afmælis brúðusafnsins og til að vekja athygli á sýningunni og starfseminni almennt. Peter Weiss, forstöðumaður Háskólaseturs Vestfjarða mun ávarpa gesti og eru allir velkomnir. Samkoman er haldin í Félagsbæ á Flateyri og hefst klukkan 18:00.

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