North by North East: A free Passage from Norway to China

North by North East: A free Passage from Norway to China

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EiT "North by Northeast..." exhibition 2020, Kunstakademiet i Trondheim

Climate change is causing tremendous consequences which will fundamentally reshape our understanding of the North. Polar ice caps are melting, and China is coming closer than ever. In a few decades from now, ordinary merchant ships are supposed to be able to take a shortcut from China to Europe. A major ice-free shipping lane will open up above Russia which could turn Tromsø into a new Singapore or Kirkenes into Chinatown?
By anticipating different scenarios of a future of the North the village aims at initiating creative conversations and collaborations between art, science, technology, culture, business and policymaking.  


Relevant competency

The village, hosted by Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts (AD Faculty), is open to students from all academic disciplines. Actually, it relies on a variety of different expertise and backgrounds to realize its goal, to push cross-disciplinary teamwork beyond its limits in terms of time and space. 
Students will be encouraged to experiment with the scope of their disciplines while also being introduced to artistic research methods. 
Open mindedness, a desire to become more familiar with epistemologies of non-linear systems and a certain affinity for operating within regimes of uncertainty, may be helpful but are not required.  


About the village

Fast forward 50 years into the future and from that future perspective look back at the present day to ask, “Whatever could have happened for things to have come to this?” 

Beginning with this thought experiment, the village “North by North-East” will be a collaborative platform to investigate, discuss, perform, simulate and enact possible futures of the relations between Norway and China, or: what will soon be formerly known as the Far East? 

It is an adventurous travel in time to explore different versions of a future of the North and its new encounter with the East: politically, economically, culturally, aesthetically, on collective and individual levels.

This time travel will take place by extrapolating scientific knowledge, simulating possible scenarios and imagining new forms of creating value. It is a practical exercise in radically questioning common assumptions while climate change renders certainties impossible and challenges the borders of conventional forms of knowledge production.  

By developing manifold relations between what is yet unknowable and yet imperceptible, the village sets out to investigate and speculate about new opportunities for interventions and change. It will be carried out in new coalitions of agencies and stakeholders on both, local and global levels — such as artists, activists, entrepreneurs, indigenous communities, networks of municipalities, research collaborations, not to mention tourists, explorers, adventurers and their guides. 

Testing of alternative forms of assessment

In this village, alternative forms of assessment will be tested for the project report. Usually, the student groups write a project report that counts 50% of the grade in the course, but here the project report is replaced with a poster, a poster presentation and a product. The mandatory oral presentation of the project will be included in the assessment.


Emnekode: AAR 4918
Village title: North by North East: A free passage from Norway to China
Type: Intensive
Language: English
Village supervisors: Alexandra Murray-Leslie 
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Semester: Spring 2021

Important information about EiT

Important information about EiT:

  • The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT)
  • EiTs teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
  • In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
  • For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see page for students