Amphibious Trilogies

Field work

Field work
Creative Research Methodologies

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Fournio archipelago and Samos island, Northeastern Aegean Sea, Greece, 2016

Samos island, Northeastern Aegean Sea, Greece, 2017

Kalk Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017

Sfânta Elena, Banat region, Romania, 2017

Vardøya, island in Vardø Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway, 2017

Lillehammer, Innlandet county, Norway, 2018

Vardø island in Vardø Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway, 2018

Honninsgvåg, Tromms and Finnmark, Norway, 2018

Trondheim, Norway, 2018

Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, 2019
Arkhangelsk, north European Russia, 2019

Russian Arctic Floating University Expedition, 2019

Svalbard, Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, 2019

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Field work

02-23.09.2016: Fournio archipelago and Samos island, Northeastern Aegean Sea, Greece
Amanda Steggell and Brynjar Åbel Bandlien
Daily meetings with fishermen (Fournio), on shore and onboard, ecology + local history
Hiking, swimming, snorkelling, cove to cove (amphibiousness)
On-site discussions: ocean archaeologist, Military Police and Art Space Pythagorion (Samos)
Meetings with Samos Volunteers refugee group (NGO)
Collaborating with Samos Volunteers; swimming and language lessons, artistic workshop for kids.
Further collaborations in Samos Volunteers in 2017
Enactments in the land/sea scape

23.02-06.03.2017, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Andrew Morrison, Amanda Steggell, Synne Skjulstad (Westerdals, School of Arts, Design and Media, Kristiania University College, Oslo)
Project writing retreat
Project members meetings with Synne Skjulstad
Meetings with Andrew Morrison’s colleagues in Cape Town
Site visits in the South Peninsula, Cape Flats, Cape Town City
On-site enactments, Dalebrook Tidal Pool, St James Tidal Pool

02-23.04.2017, Samos (Vathy), North East Aegean Sea, Greece
Amanda Steggell, Brynjar Åbel Bandlien, Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe
Collaboration with Samos Volunteers, responding to humanitarian crisis.
Weekly information meetings with Samos Volunteers – organising, debriefing.
Artistic workshops for kids’ and grown ups’ (dancing, visual art, performative practices) outside the refugee camp and other venues in Vathy
Pop-up library and tea shop in the camp, morning and afternoon
Visits, hiking, swimming, gardening with women and children
On-site discussions and reflections, shared experiences, local residents,

30.05-4.06.2017, Sfânta Elena, Banat region, Romania
Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe, Amanda Steggell and Brynjar Åbel Bandlien
Led by Pavel Klvač, senior lecture, Mendel University and the Environmental Programs, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Sfânta Elena village is the most oldest inhabited village of the small ethnic minority Banat Czechs
Information visits to the Czech enclaves in Banat Romania – ethnographic inputs, migration, landscape, living crafts, sustainability, enclaves as ponds and ponds actual
On-site discussions: Sfânta Elena and surrounding villages, Ostrovul Moldova Veche (island in the Danube River)
Enactments in landscape

21-26.11.2017: Vardøya, island in Vardø Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway
Andrew Morrison, Amanda Steggell, Brynjar Åbel Bandlien, Future North (AHO), VARDØ Restored, Vardø-HUB
Working seminar marking the end of two research projects; VARDØ Restored and Future North, Oslo school of Architecture and Design (AHO)

03-11.04.2018: Vardøya and Hornøya, Finnmark, Norway
Amanda Steggell and Maria Skrydstrup, Vardø-HUB
Meetings with staff: Kystverket, Vardø Museum, Vardø videregående skole and Biotope
Information visit to Kystverket: safe sea, ship to shore, movements, satellites, buoys, data mapping. A redundant data buoy encountered outside Kystverket once anchored in sea close to Vardø- inspires a sea-to-land networked interactive installation
On-site discussions, Vardø-HUB, Vardø Museum, student participants, collaboration
Information visit to Biotope, architecture + ornithology as tool, migratory birding on Hornøya

16.04-04.05.2018: Lillehammer, Norway
Amanda Steggell, Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe, Andrew Morrison, Brynjar Åbel Bandlien in cooperation with Maihaugen Open Air Museum, Lillehammer
Residential workshop with five MA choreography students KHIO and BA student, Norwegian Film School (INN)
Meetings with staff: Maihaugen Museum and Inland Norway
University of Applied Sciences (INN)
Information visits to Maihaugen Museum and its archives
On-site discussions with staff and students, embodied knowledge, living crafts, extending choreography and dance
Walks-talks, movements in ponds, river and forest
Excursions to ponds, rivers and mountains surrounding Lillehammer
On-site enactments

13-19.09.2018: Fieldwork Vardø, Finnmark, Norway
Amanda Steggell, Andrew Morrison, Boris Kourtoukov MA Design, AHO
Grand Hub, Kystverket
Information visit to Kystverket and meeting: buoys, data, movement and collaboration. On site discussions on project’s shared persona OCTOPA
First work on Northern Sea Route tool
Work on redesign of project website
Further collaboration on Vardø HUB relation to the project

19-20.09.2018: Fieldwork Honninsgvåg, Tromms and Finnmark, Norway
Amanda Steggell
Voyage on Hurtigruten, Vardø to Honninsvåg
Participator/working groups in Coast and Harbour Annual Conference 2018
Discussions with manufactures of metocean sea buoys/sensors for an anchored buoy and land based installation.

13.11.2018: Fieldwork Fugro, Trondheim, Norway
Amanda Steggell
Industry partners. Meeting Fugro directors, manufactures of metocean sea buoys/sensors; collaboration for an anchored buoy and land based installation.

13-17.01.2019: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Amanda Steggell, Andrew Morrison, Brynjar Åbel Bandlien, Anthony Rowe
Meetings with project members and artist Anthony Rowe (UK)
Presentation: Darkness Conference 2019
Installing Aurora Imaginaris
Using the project website in presentation
Discussions with conference participants
On-site discussions, Svalbard Museum, walks and talks
Further collaboration with Anthony Rowe

17.06-21.06 2019: Exploring Arkhangelsk (RU)
Amanda Steggell, Andrew Morrison, Brynjar Åbel Bandlien
Meetings with staff at Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU), preparations for the Floating Arctic University (see below)
Meetings with project members and Natalia Kukarenko (NArFU)
Site visits with Natalia Kukarenko
Visits to museums, galleries, highlights – Northern Maritime Museum, Arkhangelsk regional museum
Conceptualising for the Northern Sea Route tool
On-site discussions, walks and talks along the harbour, OCTOPA on land

22.06-12.07 2019: Floating Arctic University Expedition, Arkhangelsk – Svalbard
Amanda Steggell, Brynjar Åbel Bandlien
Led by the Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) and Roshydromet; Russian Geographical Society
International researchers invited, professors and students work together
Lectures on the marine research vessel ‘Prof Molchanov’
Performance lecture, Amphibiousness. Island Pond Passage
Onboard discussions with professors, doctoral and masters students; Arctic challenges, law of the sea, greenhouse gasses, moving ice, moving plastics, migration, movements in the Northern Sea Route, nuclear futures, science meets art, OCTOPA onboard
On bridge discussions with the navigator; remote sensing, radar, satellites
Site visits, museums, galleries, shops, breweries, coal mines; Barentsburg – Pyramid – Ny-Alesund – Longyearbyen
Information visits: touristic guides, Barentsburg, Pyramid and Ny-Alesund
On-site discussions, walks and talks,
Meetings with the Consulate General in Barentsburg; passports, visas -practical; ‘arctic nomads’, isolation (loneliness + camaraderie); movements, climate change, North Sea Route, trading and tourism
Meetings with staff in Ny-Ålesund Research Station, Norwegian Polar Institute and University Centre, Svalbard (UNIS)
Presentations, Norwegian Polar Institute and UNIS
Enactments on ship and land, students collaborating

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Creative Research Methodologies

Birding (migration + territories)
Bridging (crossing over a threshold)
Creative workshops
Diaries (multi media on online)
Fishing (fishing actual, craft; fishing as metaphor – see also nosing)
Gardening (hope for the future, especially in Samos)
Horizon (past and futures views, arrival and return, cyclic time)
Interviews (some formal but otherwise ad hoc encounters)
Libraries and museums (archives + temporal)
Nosing (smelling a close encounter; a neighbour; could also be like an imaginary undercover detective.)
OCTOPA Persona
Remote sensing
Snorkelling (actual and connected to nosing)
Travelling (on-site and online)
Walks and talks


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