Nature in Transition – Shifting Identities

The project is developed on the idea of building partnership and addressing inequality while inviting for dialogue about postcolonial heritage through art. It seeks to demonstrate how the arts can support sustainable development in the region by bringing awareness to pressing issues of today as well as to the commonly shared background and histories that connect and bind in a language accessible to all. It considers how artists, designers and architects of the four nations of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland, have in their research and art practice exposed our cultural attitudes towards nature and how nature has shaped our identities.

In the last decade research in the arts has established itself as a professional method of practice. Artistic research challenges general definitions of research methodologies, recognizing the values of contemporary cultural practices as an important contributor to expanded knowledge and advanced approaches, often in collaborative effort with other fields of expertise. The aim here is to present voices of the arts in the context of scientific, social and political debates on the developing state of affairs in the Arctic

The main outputs of the project will be a public exhibition presented at the conference venue for the Arctic Circle at Harpa in Reykjavík and the Arctic Conference. A seminar session on artistic research and practice of the artists and designers in the exhibition along with a publication containing a visual and written dissemination of the exhibition project.

Partners: Tinna Gunnarsdóttir, Katrín María Káradóttir, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Sigrún Birgisdóttir Iceland University of the Arts, Ólöf Nordal and Mark Wilsson Independent Artists, Jessie Kleeman Artist, Julie Edel Hardenberg Author, Eva Koch Artist, Anne Haaning The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, Dorte Mandrup Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, School of Design and Architecture, Christian Danielewitz Institute of Art, Writing and Research, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Pia Arke visual and performance artist, writer and photographer Itoqqotormit.

Applicant: The Iceland University of the Arts, Sigrún Alba Sigurðardóttir

Partners (see below the text)

Countries: Denmark, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland

Project start 2020, expected to be finalized in 2021.

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