The Henningsvær Charter

Henningsvær Charter

Lisa Rave, Europium, 2014 (still)

September 29 – 30
Henningsvær, Lofoten

The meeting will gather artists and scientists to create a platform for a critical dialog on “The three economies” of the ocean: food, transport, and the extraction of raw materials as well as their impact on the level of ethics and environment.

The participants will imagine the gathering to take place on a point in time approximately 50 years from now. The goal of the meeting is to initiate the drafting of a protocol that outlines some of the fundamental values and principles, responsibilities and collaborations that will have emerged out of a then-already-past exploration and exploitation of ocean space.

The Henningsvær Charter is organized in collaboration with: TBA21– Academy, an itinerant site of cultural production and interdisciplinary research on the oceans and Trondheim Academy of Fine Art and the Strategic Research Area Oceans at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Public sessions
17:00 – 19:00: Drafting of the Charter Session 1

14:00 – 16:00: Drafting of the Charter Session 2
16:00 – 17:00: Break
17:00 – 18:00: Finalizing of the charter
18:30 – 20:00: Artistic excerpts

Conversation between
Berit Kristoffersen, Lone Nikolaisen and Philip Steinberg
The Lofoten Archipelago is both a series of islands in the sea and a sea of islands. What does this entail for how we encounter these seascapes as material and social spaces? And how can we move beyond re-presentations of these seascapes and instead consider how physical qualities can be maintained into the future? These are questions taken up in the early evening conversation between Lone Nikolaisen (historian and fisher from Røst, Lofoten), Phil Steinberg (professor of political geography and ocean scholar from Durham Unversity) and Berit Kristoffersen (petroleum policy expert and political geographer at University of Tromsø, based in Lofoten). The conversation will explore ways in which writing, film-making, activism, and everyday livelihoods can be merged to foster a sensibility of ocean spaces.

Excerpts of works by artists Jana Winderen, Susanne Winterling and Lisa Rave followed by a conversation between artists and curators Heidi Ballet (LIAF 2017) and Stefanie Hessler (TBA21)