The fourth Arctic Art Forum will take place in October – December 2020 and will have a theme Ecosystems of the Invisible.
In 2020, the team decided to develop an online festival in English and Russian. On the one hand, this approach can secure the possibilities to broaden the target audience of this event, where innovative cultural practices of the North meet colleagues from other regions and countries. On the other hand, this format can allow experimenting with new production and communication technologies, which can become fruitful in the times of the current global crisis, which will influence cultural production in the Arctic region for a while. In 2020, the project requires more technical focus and user-oriented design solutions aimed at the visitors of this online event.
The content of the project includes exhibitions, screening and workshops, and the possibilities for the dialogue are central in the production of the event. It includes the best Nordic practices which can empower Northern Russian cultural workers for new, sustainable creative production in the situation of the epistemic, economic and political violence in Euro-Arctic Russia. The Northern territory has historically been remote where some of the most ancient evidences of Russian language and culture have been preserved by Pomor peasantry. Arkhangelsk has been an important meeting point for the Pomor trade with Northern Norway and was the first international port of Russia. At the moment, the theme of ecology, conscious consumption and collaborative practices are essential.
The project has following goals:
1. To create a meeting place for the dialogue between local artists, artisans and international experts and contribute to the exchange of the academic and the tacit knowledge.
By crossing the borders and ideologies in Nordic countries and Euro-Arctic Russia, we would like to establish the space for unlearning and new inquiries into the possible collaborative efforts for sustainable development in the Arctic.
2. To bring attention to the topic of the ecosystems and the invisible/social design in the Arctic.
Through attracting the attention of young people, cultural workers, and media the event will raise awareness about sustainability, including the questions of global warming and the role of the region in future scenarios of sustainable development.
3. Promote arts and creative economy as an alternative to the resource-based economy.
Arts and creative industries contribute to sustainability, cultural identity and wellbeing in the Arctic territories. However, artists and artisans often find themselves working in an isolated and precarious condition, residing at the bottom of an ecosystem, which does not take people, the heritage and the environment into account. The goal is to highlight the importance of human-centered economies as the key wellbeing factor in the Arctic region.
More information about the project will follow.