Nobelmuseet Curator Tobias Degsell Visits Mumbai

Via Insiyah Darukhanawala / The Other Circle

Tobias Degsell - Curator at the Nobel Museum at Sweden addressing the guests at the launch of photo exhibition at Sofitel
Tobias Degsell - Curator at the Nobel Museum at Sweden addressing the guests at the launch of photo exhibition at Sofitel

Mumbai, December 15 (Washington Bangla Radio) - The Nobel Museum on Stortorget square in Gamla stan, Stockholm, Sweden, famously chronicles the Nobel Prize, Nobel laureates and the life of Alfred Nobel. Renowned curator of the Nobelmuseet, Tobias Degsell, inaugurated a photo exhibition of a selection of some creatively and beautifully executed photographs of Swedish innovations, as they have been interpreted by independent Indian photographers. The product is truly Indo-Swedish and a symbol of the importance that India and Sweden attach to innovations and cooperation for the co-creation of a better future.

Fredrika Ornbrant,Consul General of Sweden addressing the audience at the launch of photo exhibition at Sofitel
Fredrika Ornbrant,Consul General of Sweden addressing the audience at the launch of photo exhibition at Sofitel

Hosted by the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai, the exhibitions main objective was to showcase the ability to see the world through different eyes and from different perspectives focusing on creativity and innovations. Keeping in mind the festive season of Christmas, the launch of the exhibition was followed by cocktails which included some traditional Swedish glögg (mulled wine) and dinner. Giving Mumbai a taste of Sweden, items like Västerbotten pie with white roe, pickled herring with crisp bread, Swedish meatballs and authentic Swedish chocolate cake were served to the guests.

Speaking at the launch of the photo exhibition, Consul General of Sweden in Mumbai, Ms Fredrika Ornbrant said, “For an innovation climate that is beneficial, you need to be able to think outside the box and this takes not only courage and creativity but openness to different perspectives too. The prime thought behind this exhibition is to encourage innovative spirit and exchange ideas for the creation of a successful future. Our constant efforts to promote creativity and the spirit of innovations will help us, together, lead the way to a future that is bright for all.”

Tobias also conducted a workshop for students at Welingkar Institute of management in the day. Students were left speechless and amazed in this three part workshop titled ‘Spark of creativity’ that focused on individual creativity, group collaboration and importance of creativity.  In the first part, he conducted an exercise called the ‘Nine dot test’, where in nine dots were arranged in a square matrix. The goal of the test was to connect the dots without lifting the pencil. In the second part, he divided the students into groups to work on the T puzzle. Each group was given four polygonal shapes and the objective was to put them together in such a manner that it formed a capital T. In the last part, Degsell let the students explore their creative side with a Lego exercise, where they had to form a duck using six pieces of Lego in two minutes. At the end of the task each student had a different version of a duck. Pointing out to this difference he explained that everyone was creative. While the first two parts were logical exercises which had only one right answer, the third allowed students to spark their creativity.

Attendees at the photo exhibition at Sofitel
Attendees at the photo exhibition at Sofitel

Speaking on creativity and innovations, Tobias Degsell said “People assume that being creative is associated with being unique or coming up with new ideas. However, creativity can be learnt, developed and practiced. It is possible to spark people’s creativity. It’s not just a matter of doing something, but of finding something you love or enjoy, and eliminating the hurdles without giving up.”

Inspiration, great ideas and a little spark open doors to new opportunities and hence this exchange of thoughts between India and Sweden helps develop an environment that is creative.