Amphibious Trilogies

Silence, keeping quite and love

Having an authors talk in Stavanger with the author and poet Helge Torvund about my book with the above title (published in Norwegian). It is quite a contradiction talking about silence and using water and ice as images – pond passage – in winter water landscapes with no amphibious life – only seals and walrus – fish and polar bears. Torvund is famous poet of the coastline of the south – a man of wind and currents

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Island 3 (passage)

Fieldwork documentation

Vardø, Finnmark, Norway, 21 – 26.11. 2017
Andrew Morrison, Amanda Steggell and Brynjar Åbel Bandlien

Island ∼ Passage ∼ Future North. Futures Seminar.

Hosted by the Future North research project, led by Janike Kampevold Larsen at The Oslo School for Architecture and Design , and inspired by the work and support of Vardø Restored, the Futures Seminar featured recent research; the process of development and emergence.

This research seminar led into a series of events in Vardø during the week. The programme is underpinned by the Vardø Restored project and leads towards opening our new design, landscape, educational and research arenas for future collaboration and inquiry.

Traveling by bus between Vadsø Airport to Vardø. Wide open landscapes. Mesmerising.

Some impressions

Location data

Vardø is Norway’s easternmost city and the only city in Europe in the Arctic climate zone, north Norway’s oldest city, the northernmost fortified city of the world, Finnmark’s oldest fishing village and Pomor trading capital. Vardø is also one of Norway’s oldest cities, with city status from 1789.

Vardø municipality, the gate to the northeast passage and to the Barents Sea, had 2104 inhabitants per. 2017, and an area of 596 km2. The municipality consists of the town of Kiberg on the mainland, and the town of Vardø on the island, which has a mainland connection through the 2.8 km tunnel, northern Europe’s first subsea tunnel.

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Changes in the Arctic are driving more tourists to visit

Changes in the Arctic are driving more tourists to visit

The phenomenon known as “last-chance tourism,” has been identified for at least the past decade. It has inspired people to visit climate-imperiled sites like Mount Kilimanjaro, the Great Barrier Reef and the Florida Everglades, experts say, and it has been promoted, at times, to bring tourists to the Arctic. But there is more to the surging Arctic tourism business than climate concerns or morbid curiosity, officials say.

Read more on Arctic Now

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First tanker crosses northern sea route without ice breaker

First tanker crosses northern sea route without ice breaker

A commercial LNG tanker has sailed across the colder, northern route from Europe to Asia without the protection of an ice-breaker for the first time. The specially-built ship completed the crossing in just six-and-a-half days setting a new record, according to tanker’s Russian owners.

Source: bbc.com

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Chinese icebreaker navigates across central Arctic

Chinese icebreaker navigates across central Arctic

On Monday, the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long was conducting research in the Norwegian Sea, sailing a back-and-forth path half-way between Bjørnøya and Jan Mayen. It is not known what specific research the vessel is doing in the Norwegian Sea.

Source: arcticnow.com

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What it’s like to ride a 6,000-ton icebreaker through Arctic waters

What it’s like to ride a 6,000-ton icebreaker through Arctic waters

VICTORIA STRAIT, Northwest Passage — When the CCGS Amundsen breaks through a 10-foot (or thicker) piece of ice, it rides on top of it first, the whole front of the ship sliding onto the sheet as the boat comes to a stop. Then the ship, 100 yards long and weighing 6,000 tons, crushes down, and its sharp hull splits the ice and pushes the fragments to either side.

Source: arcticnow.com

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Russia’s new Arctic super-tanker brings Norwegian LNG to Asia

Loaded with liquefied gas from Norway’s Snøhvit field, the ice-breaking LNG tanker Christophe de Margerie is making an unescorted voyage across the Northern Sea Route to South Korea.

Source: Arctic Now, Jul 28, 2017
Photo attribution: kremlin.ru website team [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

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Ship sets record for earliest crossing of notorious Northwest Passage

Ship sets record for earliest crossing of notorious Northwest Passage

A Finnish ship has set the record for the earliest crossing of the notorious Northwest Passage, the Arctic route between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  Icebreaker MSV Nordica was at sea for 24 days, travelling more than 6,214 miles to make the record.  It arrived at Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, on 29 July, having set off from Vancouver, Canada on 5 July, the Associated Press reported.

Source: Ship sets record for earliest crossing of notorious Northwest Passage

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Air waves over the water

Liminal territories – amphibious spaces

It was an uncanny moment when in April I watched a patrol boat off the coast of Samos island, Greece, and at the same time received a message from my network provider that welcomed me to Turkey.

Likewise, when looking across to Serbia over the Danube River from a hilltop at St. Helena, Banat, Romania in June.

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Japan to launch self-navigating cargo ships ‘by 2025’ – BBC News

Japan to launch self-navigating cargo ships ‘by 2025’ – BBC News