How can slow culture producers in the Northern Russia contribute to the ecology awareness issues in the Arctic region? What potential does culture have in the Arctic, where many power interests meet? How can international cultural workers collaborate about sustainable, human-centered culture production in the North?
The Northern regions are pressed by commercial, globalized fast culture, where plastic and shopping centers replace the traditional wooden architecture of the North. In the light of this, the local cultural workers find themselves in the context where the cultural production is, on the one hand, still run after the plan economy principles, and, on the other hand, allows little innovation and support of freelance art scene. The discussion about conditions for cultural workers becomes an essencial question for anyone working with culture in Russia.
At the same time, independent cultural initiatives are growing fast in the Northern Russia during the last years. Festivals Taibola, Inversia, Uncapitals, Barents Bird, The Arctic Theater, Gallery Ч9, Arctic Art Forum represent the innovative cultural scene of the region, which has been quickly developing recently.
Arkhangelsk region is changing from being a depressive, remote area into the central gateway to the Russian Arctic. On 29-30 March, the large-scale international forum Arctic, Territory of Dialogue took place in Arkhangelsk, where presidents of Russia, Finland, Iceland were present. Some of the central issues discussed at the forum was the topic of depopulation of the region and the existing challenges with the human capital.
What is the role of culture in the Arctic today?
What does the “slow culture” mean in the context of the Russian Arctic?
What would the human-centered, rather than institution-centered approach could mean?
How to develop the innovations in arts and design, instead of Kalashnikov?
Audio: Nikolay Terentyev, project Notes on sound.
Speaker: Ekaterina Sharova, Arctic Art Institute.
Photo: Daria Orlova.