As part of the working exhibition ‘If I were The Ocean‘ at the Norwegian Maritime Museum Aug 2016, “Kystlaget Viken” (Oslo’s local team of the Norwegian Coastal Federation) organised a trip from the museum to the island of Lindøya with the re-constructed Viking ship “Vaaghals” (Dreadnought). ( ⇒ 🎥). The sailing vessel was of a kind used before 1628, constructed as a merchant vessel with ample place for all the passengers participating in the trip. For those interested in the original vessel it was excavated as Barcode 6. Sounding like a kind of drink from a bar, but in reality a very muddy excavated wreck from the Bjørvika in Oslo.
Through the fieldworks we explore the dynamic and kinetic rhythms of the life of islands, record pond ecology and human pond interaction, and investigate how travel-time is used and experienced on long sea hauls. Through these dynamic, kinetic and corporeal event-driven investigations we will make links between contexts and communication. We will do this to make material actual experiences, self reflections, locative mapping, and participant views. Above all, we will strive to provide wider and fruitful expression of ways to connect movement as a design material and a means of exchange between a variety of actors (persons, groups, tools and systems).
On the move
Pond 1: 14.08.2016
Lindøya, Inner Oslo Fjord, Norway
Island 1: 02-23.09.2016
Fourni archipelago, North East Aegean Sea, Greece
Pond 2: 23.02-06.03.2017
Kalk Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Island 2: 02-23.04.2017
Samos (Vathy), North East Aegean Sea, Greece
Samos is a Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea off the coast of Asia Minor, from which it is separated by the 1.6-kilometre -wide Mycale Strait. It is a separate regional unit of the North Aegean region, and the only municipality of the regional unit. The area of the island is 477.395 km2, it is 43 km long and 13 km wide.
The capital of Samos is called Samos or Vathy and is located on the north eastern part of the island, around the bay. It has a population of about 6200 inhabitants, most of whom are now engaged in agriculture and tourism. At the time of writing (30.12.2017) there are about 2200 refugees most living in a military camp (built for 700 people), some living in shelters and others in tents around the camp.
Vathy is built amphitheatrically on the hill slopes, overlooking the town of Samos, two settlements which are connected. It is one of the oldest villages of Samos displaying some old Venetian and neoclassic buildings as well as modern ones. The port of Vathy is one of the three main ports of the island.
Artists at work
Amanda Steggell, Brynjar Åbel Bandlien (3 weeks), Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe (1 week).
We worked with the Samos Volunteers Group (SVG), a privately sponsored initiative for helping asylum seekers that have made their way to the island. Morning and afternoon tea kitchen and pop up library in the camp. Women’s hiking sessions. Gardening a plot of land given by a local host. Art and crafts for adults. Recreational activities and English language classes for children, just outside the camp and in the Paradise Hotel in the harbour area (a shelter for vulnerable groups).
About im/migration: seasonal/cyclical.
In the spring and summer there are about 800-1000 refugees living on the Island. In the autumn and winter there is an acceleration of asylum seekers coming over the 1.6km stretch of sea that divides Samos and Turkey, thus increasing the immigrant population over 100%. What is it that causes this seasonal im/migrational acceleration?
Pond 3: 30.05-4.06.2017
St Helena, Banat, Romania
Artists at work
Amanda Steggell, Brynjar Åbel Bandlien, Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe (6 intensive days).
Island 3 (passage): 21-26.11.2017
Vardø, Finnmark, Norway
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.
Artists at work
Organised by Andrew Morrison with Amanda Steggell and Brynjar Åbel Bandlien
The context of this field work was to participate in a working seminar that marks the end of two research projects ; Vardø Restored (a local initiative) and Future North, Oslo school of Architecture and Design (AHO). Can the resources and knowledges gained from these fused projects be used to project them into the future?
Borealis Panoroma: 24 hr webcam of Vardø Harbour. © Photography Eiliv Leren. http://portvardo.kystnor.no/