NORTH BY NORTH-EAST: A FREE PASSAGE FROM NORWAY TO CHINA, Experts in Teamwork 2020, supported by NTNU Engage. Live streamed public lecture series.

06.01.2020 - 08:00 to 10.01.2020 - 16:00
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Mon. Jan 6, 2020
08.00 – 09.30: “Rebirth of a North” by Prof. Florian Schneider (Institute Leader, Kunstakademiet i Trondheim) followed by Q&A
09.30 Opening and introduction to North by Northeast Learning Hub
10.30 – 11.30: Associate Prof. Chantel Nixon
12.30 – 13.30: Helle Siljeholm

Tue. Jan 7, 2020
10.30 – 11.30: Evgenia Bekatsova

Wed. Jan 8, 2020
10.30 – 11.30: Lena Gudd

Thu. Jan 9, 2020
10.30 – 11.30: Associate Prof. Arthur Mason

Fri. Jan 10, 2020
10.30 – 11.30: Yingxiang Zhao

Polar ice caps are melting, and China is coming closer than ever. In a few decades from now, ordinary merchant ships are supposed to be able to take a shortcut from China to Europe. A major ice-free shipping lane will open up above Russia. Sooner or later, this might allow regular trade between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans all year round. Climate change is causing tremendous consequences which will fundamentally reshape our understanding of the North. How will this affect Norway? Is Tromsø becoming the new Singapore? Will Kirkenes turn into Chinatown? The first iteration of Experts in Team (EiT) village “North by North-East” was developed and realized in collaboration with the international art festival “Barents Spektakel” which took place in Kirkenes from February 13-17, 2019. The title of the festival was “The World’s Northernmost Chinatown”.

The EiT Village and associated public lecture series is a collaborative platform to investigate, discuss, perform, simulate and enact possible futures and current relations between Norway and China, or: what will soon be formerly known as the Far East. It is an adventurous travel in time to explore different versions of a future of the North and its new encounter with the East: politically, economically, culturally, aesthetically, on collective and individual level. The journey through time will be made by extrapolating scientific knowledge, simulating possible scenarios and imagining new forms of creating value. It is a practical exercise in radically questioning common assumptions while climate change renders certainties impossible and challenges the borders of conventional forms of knowledge production.
By developing manifold relations towards what is yet unknowable and yet imperceptible, the village sets out to investigate and speculate about new opportunities for change. Interventions will be carried out in new coalitions of agencies and stakeholders on both local and global level — such as artists, activists, entrepreneurs, indigenous communities, networks of municipalities, research collaborations, not to mention tourists, explorers, adventurers and their guides.

NORTH BY NORTH-EAST: A FREE PASSAGE FROM NORWAY TO CHINA, Experts in Teamwork is generously supported by NTNU Engage.

Speakers biographies

Helle Siljeholm, is a choreographer, performer and visual artist, based in Oslo. She holds a BA (hons) from London Contemporary Dance School in 2003. In 2016 she graduated with an MA in Visual Arts from the Oslo Academy of Art (KHiO). Her artistic practice involves film, installation, choreography and performance. She has exhibited, performed and produced projects in theatres, galleries, and site-specific contexts in Norway as well as in the UK, Germany, Nordic Countries, Middle East, Asia, USA and East Africa. She will speak from her positions and experience as the acting artistic director and chief curator of the Barents Spektakel 2019, themed “The World’s Northernmost Chinatown” that took place in Kirkenes in February 2019.

Arthur Mason, Associate Professor at NTNU, is an arctic anthropologist focused on energy development in Western Canada, Alaska, and the Barents Sea region of Norway and Russia. His research and teaching interests include the daily life of arctic Indigenous peoples and the relationship between northern development, expertise, and energy globalization.

 Dr. Mason holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University (BA) and University of California at Berkeley (PhD) and is the recipient of three Fulbright Chair awards for arctic research (Canada and Norway). He is the editor of the upcoming book "Arctic Abstractive Industry" which presents the Arctic as an indicator of the development of a specific set of techniques for managing large scale developments.

Evgenia Bektasova is a project manager at the award-winning curatorial collective Pikene på Broen that have been actively challenging the understanding of geopolitics, centre and periphery, since 1996. Being originally from North-West Russia (Arkhangelsk), Evgenia has a background in philology and linguistics. She finished her higher education partly in Russia (BA in Philology, MA in Linguistics at NArFU) and partly in Norway (BA in Circumpolar Studies at UiN, MA in Tourism at UiT). After graduating in 2017, she began working at Pikene på Broen, managing the annual Barents Spektakel festival and working with border-crossing contemporary art in the very geopolitical center of Norway, located on the Norwegian-Russian border. She blogs in Norwegian and English under the name «Walking linguist».

Chantel Nixon is an Associate Professor in physical geography and Quaternary geology at NTNU. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on formerly glaciated areas and coastal environments. The overarching theme of her research program is to elucidate the range of possible impacts of climate change and pollution on coastal landscapes in Norway, the circum-Arctic, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada, where she reconstructed palaeoenvironmental change in the western Canadian High Arctic. She has also worked at the Geological Survey of Norway in the Marine Geology group mapping submarine geomorphology, sediments, and methane gas in the Barents Sea. She participated in the Kirkenes Charter 2019 at the Barents Spektakel in Kirkenes.

Yingxiang Zhao, executive advisor of Ulven Investments AS, has a 15-year long working experience with business relations between Europe and China. He is also the Secretary General of the Norway China Economics and Investment Develop Centre . He will give insight into Ulven Investment’s ongoing and future projects in Kirkenes and will share his experiences and thoughts on the future development of this region.

Lena Gudd, is a Tromso-based artist and associate researcher at Imaginary North, the International Laboratory of Compared Multidisciplinary Studies of the Representations of North, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. Combining aesthetic and anthropo-geographical research in the northernmost regions of the world, she will exhibit and give an artist talk about her ongoing collaborative project ‘Archives of the North’. An Archive of Norths explores the multilayered relationship between human beings and their milieu in Polar and Circumpolar regions. Driven by a holistic approach, their mainly photographic work seeks to map a narration and documentation of a poetic landscape of inner and outer norths.

Photo: Lena Gudd.

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