Arctic Imagination - conversations about a world in climate change
If you imagine the Arctic, you probably see snow, ice and frost. But the mythical region is melting. We focus on the high north in the company of writers, scientists and artists.
In 2017-2018, we carried out the project Arctic Imagination, where you could experience writers, scientists and artists address the Arctic. Now Arctic Imagination 2.0 is here, and on that occasion we have collected recordings of the events from the first round for you.
Facts: Arctic Imagination 2017-2018
Arctic Imagination 2.0 follows up on the first edition of Arctic Imagination, which was held in the period 2017-2018.
National libraries in New York, Nuuk, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo then joined forces on a unified platform where the world's most pressing theme was discussed in conversations between artists. Based on photos, maps and manuscripts from the archives of the National Libraries, the international performers talked about the possible future of the Arctic.
The Arctic is undergoing a dramatic transformation. From merciless, frozen and desolate to a geopolitical flashpoint. Today, the region is affected by increasing water masses and accelerating climate change. The change not only affects our planet in a physical sense, but will also affect our artistic and intellectual understanding of the world. Because what happens to our culture and civilization when the Arctic melts and no longer represents a metaphorical outer boundary? And what kind of future can we imagine in a warmer North?
Throughout the ages, the Arctic has become a symbol of the unconquered and mysterious and has attracted numerous explorers, artists and scientists. With that curiosity and interdisciplinary approach, Arctic Imagination will shed light on the region's physical and symbolic transformation with a series of conversations about the disappearing ice and rising temperatures.
Arctic Imagination is a library collaboration across the Atlantic, where the libraries' extensive Arctic archives and collections act as a sounding board for conversations on the libraries' stages.
Arctic Imagination 2.0 stems from the Nordic Ministers of Culture's event-based cultural exchange effort with Canada, Nordic Bridges. The events are a series of curated conversations between Canadian, Greenlandic and Danish artists and thinkers, and take place both in Copenhagen at the Black Diamond and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada.
Arctic Imagination is part of Nordic Bridges and is supported by the Nordic Culture Foundation and the Agency for Culture and Palaces.
Live stream our events
You can follow from home when our Arctic Imagination 2.0 events take place. Find the individual events below.