Project concept

Memories of the North is an exhibition of ongoing investigations into the theme of Nordic cultural identity, souvenirs and nation branding. The first venue of the exhibition tour was Galleri S12 in Bergen, Norway in April 2008.

How well do our existing national symbols, souvenirs and cultural icons, represent our diverse contemporary societies? What does it mean to travel and what is a souvenir? How can we craft alternatives to those currently offered by the travel and souvenir industries? The assembled artists are engaged in a long term investigation of these questions, that continues as the exhibition travels to new venues in the Nordic countries.

In February 2007 the Swedish art/craft/design-collective S-U-B invited four other artist groups from Denmark, Finland and Norway to a meeting in Stockholm, a seminar in Rovaniemi and a two week artist residency at Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter in Lofoten ("Souvenirs"), to provide a foundation for the participants and a starting point for research. Three individual artists have also been invited to join the project that currently hosts 16 artists.

The initial concept was to invite socially-engaged artists and artist collectives to use their diverse practices to explore the project themes of Nordic cultural identity, souvenirs, tourism and nation branding. Most of the artists have responded to this request by creating participatory projects that engage local communities in a search for ways to create ”truer” representations of people and places. These projects question, acknowledge and re-create symbols and stories by inviting the public to engage in different forms of aesthetic dialogue: workshops, participatory interventions, performances and an exhibition that displays the results of these activities. The project grows as the participants engage other artists and local communities along the way.

Daniel Peltz

2,96 cm Movement
[0.08 x 37 days]

Moving day
today is not a day
it is yesterday and it is tomorrow
moving day is a global movement
a chance for us to move
it is a quiet, slow dance
not a romantic celebration but an embodied way of knowing
knowing the only constant in a world of variables,
constant change

In the 2,96cm movement, Daniel Peltz invites the people of Bergen to engage in a movement-based meditation on the origins of tourism and travel by collectively moving the town of Bergen 2,96cm to the west (the distance an average glacier will travel over the course of the exhibition). This work is part of a micro-tourism movement that Peltz began in Svolvaer and now travels with the exhibition. On Moving Day (April 12th 2008) Peltz will deliver a Movement Day speech, lead a workshop to prepare the participants for their collective movements and distribute custom designed compasses, measuring devices and maps. The participants micro-movements will imbue these objects with value, allowing them to be sold as souvenirs of the most enduring form of travel - souvenirs of movement.

Digital Quilt

Daniel Peltz is exhibiting the result of a workshop with the ladies of Svolvær’s Husflidtslag (sewing circle) in Lofoten. The quilt workshop was designed as an exercise in digitally-mediated, friendship quilting. Workshop participants used flatbed scanners as photographic instruments to create scans of their skin that formed the base imagery for the quilt. The images were digitally manipulated by the members of the sewing circle and are now presented as a light-based fabric, projected onto a blank quilt backing. The installation is interactive and changes as you touch it.

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