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Relate North: Everyday Extremes

I'm looking forward to this annual event which will be the ninth symposium in the annual series of symposia and research exhibitions hosted by ASAD, the Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design thematic network of the University of the Arctic. This year the event is jointly hosted by the National Research Tomsk State University. I'm very disappointed that I cannot attend in person, as I'd love to go to Tomsk. I'm giving a presentation which I'm calling 'Landscape in Pain: Shetland’s industrial scale wind farm and solastalgia'.

Image of northern landscape

Relate North: Everyday Extremes will focus on a perspective of human and non-human wellbeing in the Arctic region. The concept of extremes aims to highlight and describe the particular sensitivity that enables and supports creative and sustainable interaction between human/non-human actors and the ever changing, severe, environment of the Arctic. Moreover, with the current speed of climate change, when the notion of the extreme environment is to be expanded towards most parts of the "Spaceship Earth" in the next 20-50 years, the challenges of nature and their social and cultural implications will call for a creative response. In search of visions and insights, along with locally appropriate solutions, we will focus on the wider perspective of collaborative practices in design, art, research and education within the Arctic region. This includes art and design projects within and between communities, schools, universities, and business, culture, tourism and wellbeing.

Every year, the Relate North symposium attracts leading scholars and artists from around the circumpolar north to present research and debate issues of concern in the north through the lens of art and design theory and practice. ASAD seeks to investigate questions such as: How might design practices respond some of the challenges facing those living in northern and Arctic areas today? What role might art play in chronicling and communicating issues important to people in the north? How might the visual arts represent a northern sense of place?

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