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A montage across frameworks on Svalbard

Conference contribution
Authors Eva La Cour
Published in Nordic Geographers Meeting/Performing Urgency (conference)
Publication year 2017
Published at Valand Academy
Language en
Keywords Arctic, Svalbard, Geography, Geopolitics, Performing urgency
Subject categories Arts, Other Humanities, Social and Economic Geography


Visually the former no-mans land and Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard, situated halfway between the northern coast of Norway and the North Pole, often functions representatively of the High Arctic. This is despite the fact that Svalbard in many ways can be regarded as a regional anomaly. The archipelago has never had any indigenous population, is subject to a unique legal administration and characterized by a relatively mild climate, as well as a developed infrastructure making its main settlements accessible on a daily basis. These particularities can be traced back to historical accounts of human activities on the islands and a long record of geopolitical struggles of access and attention, across national, environmental, and military narratives of knowledge production, environmental protection and the future. Critical of the ways in which such narratives often evoke perceptions of beauty and notions of value of an epic wilderness soon to be lost, I wish to introduce the work-in-progress and performative film Martins Eye. This is an experimental documentary film and research project that deals with ethnographic practices, audio-visual media and thought experimentation/fiction as mode of art- and theory-making in post-anthropocenic times. The intention is to expose the value frameworks and the kinds of skilled visions that figures landscapes and knowledge spaces on Svalbard, and to explore the role of the artist in relation to the monopoly of the natural sciences with regard to notions of fieldwork, form and description.

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