Audio-visual document on the 2006 art workshop “Connection Barents”
The cultural programme of the Barents Institute regards cultural exchange as a means of building alliances in the far north. It takes a special interest in the border-land between scholarship and creative art. In January 2007 it published a DVD on the 2006 Kirkenes international art workshop Connection Barents.
The Barents Institute’s cultural programme commissioned artist Katarina Eismann to portray and convey the events that took place during the travelling art workshop Connection Barents in an audio-visual document. Connection Barents: A Cross Art Collaboration with Everyday Life was initiated and developed by the four Nordic art institutions NordScen: Nordic Centre for the Performing Arts, Nifca, NordBok and Nomus, together with the Norwegian art institution Pikene på Broen. It was a two week inter-disciplinary laboratory and symposium held in June 2006. More than 50 artists within the fields of visual arts, music, literature and performing arts from northwest Russia and the Nordic and Baltic countries were encouraged to share local and international, traditional and contemporary art and culture during the lab. This was a cross-border collaboration aiming to create a sustained space for artists and local experts involved in cultural negotiation through contemporary art with the changing societies of the Barents Region. This is a multi-ethnic area, with ancient cross-roads and traditions of local cooperation across national and cultural divides.
The Singaporean leader of TheatreWorks, Ong Keng Sen was the artistic leader of the laboratory. Navigators at the laboratory were filmmaker Wu Wenguang, Beijing, China, and artist Coco Fusco, New York, USA. Main speakers at the symposium were Akram Zaatari, video artist and curator, Lebanon; Tadashi Kawamata, visual artist, Japan; Ayu Utami, writer, Indonesia; Kaffe Matthews, composer, UK.
Copies of the DVD can be ordered from the Barents Institute.
"I have not told half of what I saw."