Field note 1: Island ∼ Pond
Image: Brynjar Bandlien, 2016
Image: Brynjar Bandlien, 2016
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).
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.
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).
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.
The context of this field work was to participate in a working seminar that marked 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/
This field work included an excursion to Hornøya.
Hornøya is Norway’s easternmost point – a 0.4-square-kilometer island surrounded by the vast Barents Sea. The island is one of the most extreme places in northern Norway. It is ravaged by storm in the winter and bathed in midnight sun during the summer. The island has long fascinated a number of polar scientists, scientists and nature enthusiasts, and the fires have saved the lives of generations of sailors in the polar regions. Although it has a rich history, Hornøya is probably best known for its famous colony with 80,000 seabirds, including 7,800 pairs of groves and approx. 500 pairs of the rare polar penguins. A visit to Hornøya teaches us what real wilderness is, while the island is very easily accessible from one of the northernmost civilized areas in the world.
– source: http://www.hornoya.no/ (translated from Norwegian)
The purpose of this field work was to follow up on the previous journey to Vardø. My host, Maria Srkydstrup, organised meetings with the Coastal Administration (NCA) Vessel Traffic Centre (VTC), Vardø Upper Secondary School, Varanger Museum, Biotope Architecture Bureau and a wild excursion to Hornøya. I also revisited one of two large fisheries alongside the harbour, both in different stages of restoration.