The topics of the conference reflect the links between economic, biopolitical, cultural, and ethical problems and their influence on regional development in an encounter with issues of international scope. We welcome entries from all scientific fields dealing with environmental topics, as well as those in contemporary art, artistic reflection and curatorial approaches.
Pavel Mrkus, The Fall, foto Aleš Loziak
Dům umění Ústí nad Labem
September – October 2016
An exhibition and symposium created within the framework of the international transdisciplinary project Frontiers of Solitude.
Saturday beginning at 2 PM
The Regional Gallery of Vysočina in Jihlava presents an program to accompany the exhibition Frontiers of Solitude, which continues until 29 May 2016.
An Excursion Beneath Jihlava
5:00 PM, Komenského 10
A talk on the Uranium Mines of Vysočina
Podzemí, (ilustrační foto)
vernissage: Thursday March 31
opening performance by Martin Zet
USA / Canada, 2015, 89 min.
director: Avi Lewis
script: Naomi Klein
Still Breaking the Ice
The short film program Beyond Horizons focuses on works by artists who question the governance of natural resources in Northern Norway and the High North.
Introduction: Governance of natural resources and the rights to the land and the sea.
Starring: John Perkins, Erla Stefánsdóttir, Ómar Ragnarsson, Jakob Björnsson
Directed by: Þorfinnur Guðnason and Andri Snær Magnason
Matěj Spurný, photo: Dagmar Šubrtová
The international symposium Frontiers of Solitude, organized as part of the eponymous art project site will offer a comparison of the opinions, experiences, and points of view of artists, curators, and invited guests on the theme of transitions in the landscape in which we currrently live and of which we are a part.
Školská 28 Praha 1
This documentary essay, containing certain elements of a road movie, traces the journey of several individuals during their trek through the foothills of the Ore Mountains. Its aim is to capture an image of the unstable terrain of the area, which is the result of decades of mining and the subsequent (un)successful reclamation activities. The title may be considered as the literal designation of their river adventure as well as a reference to the changeable nature of the landscape. This film, balancing on a fine line between documentary and fiction, appeals to the viewer’s imagination and lets the landscape itself tell the story of this devastated and later revitalised area of the Northern Bohemia Region.
Špitální kaple Duchcov v roce 1958, foto archiv
Workshop for Základní uměleckou školu v Duchcově is inspired by the history of building of The Baroque Chappel of the Valdštejn Hospital in the garden of the Duchov castle. Lecturer: Radoslava Schmelzová, asisstance: Dagmar Šubrtová, teacher: Petra Wolfová.
monastery interior, photo: Lloyd Dunn
We would like to express our thanks to all who have supported and contributed to the expeditions in Northern Bohemia and Iceland. To mark the end of traveling around the open pits we are organizing an informal meeting in the Osek Monastery on September 25 (starting at 5pm). It would be a pleasure if you could join us. The event will look back at the three-week-long Czech expedition program, including a presentation of the Icelandic expedition by means of photographs by its participants.
Workshop will be focused on the relationships between people and landscape in the post-industrial time. We will talk about how people shape landscape and pointing to the fact, that even seemingly destroyed landscape can quickly recover. Radek Mikuláš
The Sky above open pit, nebe nad výsypkami, foto M.Kindernay
Together with the archaeologist Petr Meduna, art historian Radoslava Schmelzová and biologist Jiří Sádlo we will visit several locations around the village of Libkovice (Liquitz), today merely a small fragment of a brutally exploited urbanized territory. Libkovice was the last coherent urban settlement destroyed because of a planned expansion of a coal mine in 1992. However, the mining there has never begun--and maybe never will. What remains is a devastated landscape, people's lives and historical memory.
Kaple pod Jezeřím, foto: FOS
Václav Cílek presented his thoughts on the relationship between the past and the current situation of the Ore Mountains landscape. His field lecture included a walk to an ancient sanctuary--today an archaeological site located the hills near the Jezeří Chateau.
Caspar David Friedrich: Ledové moře
Open call for guests and students to participate in the symposium Into the Abyss of Lignite Clouds. This open call is designed for those who are interested in the concept of the symposium, high school students, universities, journalists, specialists and others.
An improvised workshop with Miloš Šejn, inspired by the environment of the castle Jezeří, especially its former arboretum--a vast park located between the castle and the former village of Albrechtice. The workshop is intended as an inquiry into the hill of Jezeří and will comprise of improvised actions in several locations.
A two-day workshop focused on the sound environments around the brown coal industry in Most Basin (North Bohemia). We used both listening and making field recordings. We also used photography and writing to compare the differences between the sound, visual and language perspectives on the area.
Zasypávání kostela v Radověsicích, 1983, foto: archiv autora
The subject of the lecture is the landscape of northwest Bohemia and its transformation, related to the industrial, demographic, and political changes in the course of the 20th century. The impacts of mining, energy and hydro- industry or the influence of social changes which caused frequent disappearance of settlements across the entire Ústí region. Several examples will be given of towns and villages which lost the "battle for better future". The lecture will also include a short presentation of an older museum exposition dedicated to the "Vanished Settlements of the Most Area", delivered by its curator Eva Hladká.
Hydrobiologist Ivo Přikryl will explain the history and current situation of the water environment of the open cast brown coal mining around Most. He is employed at ENKI o.p.s. in Třeboň. His research focuses on zooplankton in lakes, reservoirs and ponds, mostly in Central Europe. He is currently studying the possibilities of protecting wetlands and marshes, the management of reservoirs, and the recultivation of the landscape after open cast mining, especially in the Ore Mountains.
Jiří Wolf, photo: Dominik Žižka
A tour of Duchcov with the historian of the town’s Municipal Museum, Jiří Wolf, who will provide an introduction to the town’s history, including its Baroque spaces, the city fortifications, sacred locations, and locations of dread.
Still from the film Dreamland
A lecture and discussion with Andri Snær Magnason, author of the book and documentary film Draumalandið (2006).
Project presentation, Seyðisfjörður theatre. Photo: Lisa Paland, 2015.
On day eight of the expedition we prepared for our public presentation of the Frontiers of Solitude project, which was held in the afternoon in Seyðisfjörður's theatre space.
In the Héraðsflói estuary. Photo: Lisa Paland, 2015.
On this 10km walk we looked at the two rivers that have been affected by the construction of Kárahnjúkar dam. Driving first to Húsey, a remote farm in the Héraðsflói estuary, we followed Jökulsá á Dal, the dammed river that is now for most of the year fed by rainwater instead of glacial water.
At Kárahnjúkar hydroelectric dam. Photo: Lisa Paland, 2015.
On day six we expanded the "ecological object" of the Alcoa smelter and looked for the means upon which its operation depends: We drove into the highlands to the Kárahnjúkar dam.
Alcoa Fjarðaal aluminium smelter, Reyðarfjörður. Photo: Julia Martin, 2014.
On day five of the expedition we travelled to Reyðarfjörður, a small town on the east coast where the Alcoa Fjarðaál aluminium smelter is located.
At the Nature and Heritage Center Skálanes. Photo: Lisa Paland, 2015.
On the fourth day the group visited the Nature and Heritage Center Skálanes, located on a cliff at the very end of Seyðisfjörður fjord. Skálanes has been restored in recent years from an almost abandoned farm building to a family-run center for environmental education.
Markús Þór Andrésson
A lecure and discussion with Markús Þór Andrésson, the assistant sirector of SAFN, a private collection in Reykjavik, documentary filmmaker, author, and artist.
Steam vent at Krafla geothermal power station. Photo: Lisa Paland, 2015.
On our way from Akureyri to Seyðisfjörður we visited the geothermal energy landscapes of Krafla Power Station as well as the surrounding steam vents and lava fields in the North of the country.
Reppar Gruve, photo: archive FOS
The Reppar Fjord is 14km long and surrounded by mountains with that peak at around 700 meters above sea level. Large deposits of copper were found along the south side of the fjord around 1900 and the company Folldal verk ran a mine here from 1972-78. During this period, mining waste was dumped in the fjord, causing damage to fish stocks and thereby affecting the livelihoods of local fishermen.
Hammerfest, like all other towns in Finnmark, was completely destroyed in 1944-45 by German forces retreating from advancing Soviet troops. The Museum of Reconstruction for Finnmark and Northern Troms documents the extensive reconstruction and modernisation efforts in the region.
Sydvabrudd Ore Mine, photo: archive FOS
Large deposits of iron were discovered in Sydvaranger in 1886, but it was not until the early 1900s that it was technologically feasible to begin extracting the ore. Production started in 1910, but halted with the First World War, falling under bankrupcy protection for much of the 1920s.
Approximately 2 million tons of waste and chemicals from Sydvaranger is deposited in the Bøk Fjord each year. According to the Institute for Marine Research, this has eradicated most of the life along the bottom of the fjord.
Dark Ecology is a three year art and research project initiated by Sonic Acts and Hilde Methi. The project is informed by the idea that ecology is ‘dark’ (as the American theorist Timothy Morton has argued), because it invites – or demands – that we think about our intimate interconnections with, for instance, iron ore, snowflakes, plankton, or radiation. Ecology does not privilege the human, it is not something beautiful, and it has no real use for the old concept of Nature.
Karasjok is an important centre of Sami language and culture as it is the seat of the Sami Parliament. The parliament has 39 representatives voted on by 7 constituencies, covering all of Norway and is responsible for running the Sami Development Fund, overseeing the Sami Cultural Fund, developing Sami language and protecting Sami heritage sites.
the art of Lasso Throwing, Vladimír Merta and Ol Johan Gaup, photo: Ivar Smedstad
In this workshop the participants are taught lasso throwing by the native Sami, Ol Johan Gaup. The aim of the workshop is to learn the ancient skill of throwing a lasso.
Hjørdis Kurås, photo, archive FOS
The Sami Center for Contemporary Art is a foundation started in 1986 by The Sami Artists Union, which aims to support Sami contemporary art and crafts and is currently headed by artist and curator Hjørdis Kurås. The centre includes an exhibition space, shop and residency programme and is located in Karasjok.
Biedjovággi Mine is located roughly one hour from Kautokeino by car (36km). The mine is no longer active: only a single building still remains and most of the pits have been filled with water. The mine was an open pit copper mine that operated in two periods; first from 1969-75 and then from 1985-91. It was never able to produce an economic surplus, partly due to the harsh weather conditions in the area and a lower concentration of copper than expected.
Kautokeino, photo: Alena Kotzmannová
The Norwegian part of the project will encompass a 10-day expedition/workshop with artists from all three participating countries in the county of Finnmark in northern Norway from 20 to 30 September, 2015. The focus of the expedition will be on mining activity in the region and its effect on the local landscape.
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