As part of this year’s Arctic Arts Festival in Harstad, Northern Norway, the festival exhibition I am a Multitude presents different ways of being in the world, and the complex symbiotic relationship between all of us. From the microscopic, which can make quite a surprising difference, to the macroscopic that supposedly makes a bigger impact, we wish for the exhibition to, in an imaginative way, open up for the exploration of various types of existences and sensualities. In a time when the distant has slipped even further away, and the near has crept even nearer, we aim to build bridges and to inspire the exploration of less obvious connections.
Curated by Karolin Tampere and Torill Østby Haaland from the North Norwegian Art Centre.
Public programme, June 19–26: The program includes presentations in the gallery by curators and artists, an interactive VR experience by Michelle-Marie Letelier, a performance-lecture by Simon Daniel Tegnander Wenzel, live radio by Søssa Jørgensen and Yngvild Færøy, a public discussion about co-existence with seagulls by Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen, a live concert with clarinetist Håvard Lund and compost worms from Eva Bakkeslett’s installation and an evening in the gallery for youth to be in conversation with the artists.
Festspillene i Nord-Norge (Arctic Arts Festival) was founded in Harstad in 1965. Taking place during the summer solstice in June each year, it is a weeklong international arts festival dedicated to music, theatre, dance and performance. With its home base at 68° latitude, the festival is in and about the north, where fostering and honouring creative processes, contemplative exchanges and a communal spirit is in focus.
The North Norwegian Art Centre (NNKS), located in Svolvær, Lofoten, is a regional centre for contemporary art, encompassing the entire region of Northern Norway. It carries out an extensive range of activities, curating exhibitions, regularly commissioning works and projects by artists at other locations in the whole region. NNKS also owns and organises the internationally established art biennial Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF).