Contemporary Nomadism: Autonomy & Technology in the North

The Arctic Perspective Initiative panel sit at the front of a large grand room with chandeliers in Canada House. The audience are asking questions
Contempory Nomadism: Autonomy & Technology in the North

Arctic Perspective Initiative international partners talk about the project that has lead to the exhibition

Introducing the international project behind the Arctic Perspective exhibition, a panel of artists, academics and architects explore its cultural, historical and political contexts. The Arctic Perspective Initiative  aims to support a thoroughly contemporary nomadism via open and free media, environmental monitoring and communications technologies.


Marko Peljhan, artist and instigator of Arctic Perspective Initiative (Slovenia)
David Turnbull, science sociologist (New Zealand)
Richard Carbonnier, architect (Canada)
Inke Arns, curator (HMKV Germany)
Chair: Michael Bravo, Scott Polar Research Institute (Canada)

Arctic Perspective highlights the cultural, geopolitical and ecological significance of the Arctic and its indigenous cultures. In collaboration with the people of Igloolik, Kinngait, Iqaluit, Mittimatalik and Kanngiqtugaapik in Nunavut, Canada and other Arctic communities, artists and architects are devising a mobile media and living unit and infrastructure, powered by renewable energy sources. The unit will be used by Inuit and other Arctic peoples for creative media production such as film-making, communications and monitoring the environment, while moving, living and working on the land. The exhibition includes architectural models of winning designs from the Arctic Perspective open architecture competition by Richard Carbonnier (Canada), Catherine Rannou (France) and Giuseppe Mecca (Italy), with photographs, videos and maps from the project.
The Arctic Perspective Initiative is led by artists Marko Peljhan (Slovenia) and Matthew Biederman (US/Canada). The exhibition has been curated by The Arts Catalyst. Collaborators: Miha Bratina, Ziga Testen.

Partners and funders

Arctic Perspective Initiative
Canadian High Commission, London
HMKV, Dortmund
Projekt Atol, Slovenia
Lorna, Iceland
C-TASC, Canada
Arts Council England
Cultural Programme of the European Union
City of Dortmund
Federal Centre for Civic Education
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia