International exhibitions

International 2010 Archives

Arctic Perspectives
Canada House, London (UK)

21.05 - 30.09.2010

04.06- 15.08.2010


07.09 - 25.11.2012

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Press release

Simultaneous exhibitions of photographs, videos, maps and architectural models from work by the Arctic Perspective Initiative are displayed by in London and Dortmund this summer. The outcome of an international collaborative project which aims to empower local citizens of the North via open and free media, communications and environmental monitoring technologies, the work highlights the urgency of the issues emerging in the Arctic: its changing cultural landscape; the potential for new intercultural dialogue; conflicting economic and territorial interests; ecological problems; climate change and the effects of ecological changes on the life of Inuit peoples.

The Arctic Perspective Initiative is an international group of artists, designers and media workers, led by artists Marko Peljhan and Matthew Biederman with collaborators Nejc Trost, Samo Stopar, Andrej Bizjak and August Black together with Miha Bratina and Ziga Testen. Partners include HMKV (Germany), Projekt Atol (Slovenia), C-TASC (Canada), Lorna (Iceland) and The Arts Catalyst (UK).

Arctic Perspective exhibitions highlight the cultural, geopolitical and ecological significance of the Arctic and its indigenous cultures. On show will be work from the project's collaboration with the people of Igloolik, Kinngait, Iqaluit, Mittimatalik and Kanngiqtugaapik in Nunavut, Canada, and other Arctic communities. This focuses on the design of a habitable mobile media unit and infrastructure, to be powered by renewable energy sources. Designed to be used by Inuit and Arctic peoples for creative media production such as filmmaking, communications and monitoring the environment, the unit’s mobility is essential for those living away from settlements for periods of up to two weeks, moving, living and working on the land.

The exhibitions will showcase documentation of the project's development, including photographs and films from the team’s trip in summer 2009 made with Igloolik elders and Isuma TV, re-visiting former settlements around the Foxe basin. Specially commissioned models of designs from the 103 submissions to Arctic Perspective international open architecture competition by joint winners Richard Carbonnier (Canada), Catherine Rannou (France) and Giuseppe Mecca (Italy), will also be displayed. The first prototype is scheduled to be built and tested during the summer of 2010. Progress can be followed on



Arctic Perspectives, Canada House, London

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2012. All Rights Reserved

Exhibition 21 May – 30 September 2010. Canada House, Trafalgar Square - London SW1Y 5BJ (United Kingdom). Open weekdays 10am-5.30pm.

The artists

Matthew Biederman (CA)
Andrej Bizjak (SI)
August Black (US)
C-ASTRAL flight team (SI)
Richard Carbonnier (Nunavut, CA)
Nathalie Grenzhaeuser (DE)
Igliniit project (Nunavut, CA)
Igloolik Isuma Productions (Nunavut, CA)
Kinngait Studios (Nunavut, CA)
Stephen Kovats (CA/DE)
Makivik Corporation (Nunavik, CA)
Giuseppe Mecca (IT)
Lize Mogel (US)
Cornelius Nutarak Sr. (Nunavut, CA)
Marko Peljhan (SI)
Sašo Podgoršek (SI)
Catherine Rannou (FR)
SenseStage/labXmodal (CA)
Taqramiut Productions (Nunavik, CA)
Wesley Smith (US)
Samo Stopar (SI)

Nejc Trošt (SI)
Boris Volkov (RU)