On 15 June, University of Tromsø researchers Britt Kramvig and Berit Kristoffersen (pictured, with Hilde Methi) will bring together artists, curators, philosophers and scientists for a one-day symposium in Tromsø focusing on the ecologies of landscapes, seascapes and objects in the Arctic. The event will be held at the beautiful Verdensteatret theatre, first opened in 1916.
The symposium, which runs on Wednesday 15 June from 11am to 9pm, features a series of panels, discussions, lectures and creative installations. Berit Kristoffersen, one of the organisers of the event, says that the day will both bring closure to the three-year Dark Ecology and Arctic Encounters projects, both of which will soon draw to a close, as well as open the work of the projects up to new audiences. “This is really an event about new beginnings,” Berit says. Berit explains that Tromsø is an important centre of art and science for the Northern region: “People who live here really engage well with events that bring together politics, art and science. I think it’s a unique opportunity for the public in such a dynamic organisation to engage in what both projects have done and to take away ideas for their own research, art or everyday life. There is going to be some great dialogue between the participants and the audience members.”
One panel will bring together Dark Ecology curator Hilde Methi with project organizers Annette Wolfsberger and Arie Altena, as well as artists Espen Sommer Eide and Margrethe Pettersen to reflect on the past three years of the Dark Ecology project and its themes. Other panels will explore the current material turn in the social sciences and what it says about the changing relationships between human ecologies and what are typically considered to be ‘non-animate’ objects (e.g. ruins, sites and stones); and the biological, human and political aspects of ice edge, the space where the polar sea ice meets open water. Zoia Ravna from the University of Tromsø’s Institute for Sami Studies will join Arctic Encounters researchers Graham Huggan, Lars Jensen, Katrin Lund and Roger Norum to discuss changing practices and understandings of knowledge and politics creation in the Arctic. The evening will feature a screening of the Dark Ecology-commissioned sound installation Pasvikdalen by Jana Winderen – based on recordings made both above and under water close to the border between Norway and Russia – and a lecture by renowned philosopher Timothy Morton, who first coined the idea of ‘Dark Ecology’ a decade ago.
The event will be opened by Britt Kramvig and Kenneth Ruud, the Vice Rector of the UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
All are welcome to join the event, which begins at 11am and is completely free. If you are considering joining, please sign up on this Facebook page.
The full schedule for the event is available here:.