API Summer and Fall 2011

Just a very brief update to let you know what is coming soon for API. This summer and fall we'll be working in Iglulik with Catherine Rannou (one of the winning architects of our architecture competition from 2009) and members of the ARTCIRQ team and others from Iglulik on several cartographic and citizen-sensing projects on the land. Down south, look for our third Cahier published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, a new work for the Lyon Biennial, and a presentation at ISEA, Istanbul

API @ SHARE IN BELGRADE

Marko Peljhan has presented API at the SHARE CONFERENCE in Belgrade on April 9, an event devoted to new media, music and activism in new social contexts. The title of the presentation was:

AUTONOMY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY – THE UNMANNED ARCTIC PERSPECTIVES AND OTHER TACTICAL MANEUVERS

The lecture presented current research and engagement in the Arctic in the framework of the Arctic Perspective Initiative (API), with the specific focus on the use of unmanned aerial systems, mobile sensors and other on-the land mapping and sensing technologies by artists, hunters, scientists, tactical media workers and cartographers.

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CODED UTOPIA NOW OPEN

Sorry, Coded Utopia, is now closed. We are planning a presentation of it again next year in Europe! stay tuned....

Additional details here.

Additional photos here.

 

Arctic Perspective Cahier No. 2 now online

Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) is pleased to announce the publication of their second Cahier: Arctic Geopolitics And Autonomy on December 13, 2010.

ARCTIC PERSPECTIVE CAHIER NO. 2: ARCTIC GEOPOLITICS AND AUTONOMY NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE HERE

The second API Cahier is edited by Dr. Michael Bravo, Head of Circumpolar History and Public Policy Group at the Scott Polar Research Inst. (University of Cambridge), and Nicola Triscott, director of The Arts Catalyst (London). The cahier is comprised of five essays that address the dynamic relationships between technology, autonomy, creativity, storytelling and geopolitics in the contemporary Arctic. It is published by Hatje Cantz Verlag and electronically under a creative commons license.

Nicola Triscott and Lassi Heininen identify a paradox of representation in their essays. Triscott points to the “political character” of technology and its role in the shaping of governance, life, creativity and imagination. Lassi Heininen calls for an environmental awakening in the Arctic as it becomes more ecologically, politically and culturally connected with the rest of the world. Michael Bravo’s essay explores the history of technological interventions that were in his opinion critical in shaping ideas about Inuit autonomy and skill. Katarina Soukup explains that it is interesting to think about the Internet and digital broadcasting as indigenous geopolitical strategies. David Turnbull defines narratives as technologies by which societies have navigated for millennia and points to the critical role of storytelling for orientation in the contemporary technology saturated world.

The electronic version is available here, as well as directly from Hatje Cantz Verlag and other online retailers.

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API Systems Online

 
Interior of improvised API work shelter at Ikpik Bay built with cast offs from nearby DEW line site (2009)

Just a note to let you know to check the 'Systems' page for a complete update and outline of the systems API is developing. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or if you have expertise you would like to contribute. email us at: info[AT]arcticperspective[DOT]org

API Open Space Conference

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NORTHERN LEADERS, ARTISTS, RESEARCHERS, WRITERS GATHER IN GERMANY TO DISCUSS AND DEVELOP ARCTIC PERSPECTIVE INITIATIVE STRATEGIES

September 28, Dortmund, Germany

 

A three-day open-space conference was held in Germany at the HMKV Phoenix Halle, gathering some of the worldʼs top thinkers, leaders and artists dealing with the Arctic region, its geopolitics and inhabitants. The participants shared ideas concerning the sustainability of the circumpolar region intertwining a variety of perspectives and topics such as: culture, ecology, technology, autonomy and traditional knowledge. The group decided on several directions for strategies of collaboration between northern communities and the Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) in order to further their mandate of ʻproviding greater autonomy through strategies of open systems sharing.ʼ

 

Ideas to be put into practice include a community based workshop and lab that will provide outreach and education facilities for learning techniques of fabrication, hands on technology repair techniques, new media authoring and literacy, a system of hydroponic community gardens that will be powered entirely from renewable energies and many other exciting proposals. API focuses on empowerment through the authorship, ownership and use of enabling technologies both traditional and contemporary. The workshop was decided to be built in Igloolik, Nunavut, and will serve as a model of autonomy, energy independence, community learning, and artistic production for the community as well as to house experts in order to share their knowledge with and learn from the local inhabitants as an ongoing process of exchange between northern and southern experts.

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