Lofoten International Art Festival I Taste the Future

In the Norwegian archipelago, science fiction thinking isn’t about the future, reports Hannah Zafiropoulos

By Hannah Zafiropoulos

Eglė Budvytytė, Liquid Power Has No Shame, 2017, performance. Image: Kjell Ove Storvik/NNKS Adam Linder, To Gear a Joan, 2017, vocal performance by Stine Janvin Motland. Image: Kjell Ove Storvik/NNKS Marysia Lewandowska and Neil Cummings, Museum Futures: Distributed (2008), installation view Ho Tzu Nyen, The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia Vol. 3 (2017), HD video from algorithmic editing system,. Image: Kjell Ove Storvik/NNKS Fabrizio Terranova, Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016), HD video still. Image: Kjell Ove Storvik/NNKS Daisuke Kosugi, Good Name (Bad Phrase), 2017, scheduled audio listening. Image: Kjell Ove Storvik/NNKS

In a natural landscape as distracting as this, it’s hard to be critical of much of anything. Standing on a rocky, moss-covered outcrop overlooking the vast clear waters of this Norwegian archipelago, you feel as though you’ve inadvertently stepped into a painting by Caspar David Friedrich. That this cluster of wooden houses in a fishing village of 460 inhabitants within the Arctic circle could be the location of an international festival of contemporary art seems incongruous; in fact, the Lofoten…

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