Sustainability involves practicing a novel understanding of the human place in the world. An understanding rooted in the what we have inherited from the past, our heritage and ways of doing embedded in the present context.
Traditional modes of production and cultural heritage are not expressions fixated in an image of the past. On the contrary, they are ingrained in a dynamic oscillation between continuity and change, constantly re-interpreted and recreated in the present by local actors and practices.
The global economic and environmental crises, entwined with social inequalities and challenges, forces us to embark on a process of change emerging from the creative re-combination of existing resources and practices. A multidisciplinary approach is key in this important journey. Culture has an inherent capacity to translate this process into a common language, interweaving the ecological, the social and the economic within a sustainable framework of development.
At NSF we incite to look and reframe the way we operate and correlate with where we are, triggering collaborative interventions situated in the local and global context through a diversity of practices and disciplines that can open meaningful connections and routes to make sense for sustainable futures
My mission during this visit to NSF with the support of Swedish Lapland AIRwould be two-fold. On the one hand, I will help the team come up with ideas for potential uses of the different spaces and propose facilities that would be attractive both for prospective residents and locals alike. These ideas would be fitting within the given framework and mission of Lapland AIR and sensitive to the land and its surroundings.
For this I will draw from my experience working in projects such as Inland/Campo Adentro that works bridging the contexts of Contemporary Art and "the rural" and also from residencies in diverse organisations based in the countryside such as Nicola Lenivets (Russia) The Headlands (USA) or the Botín foundation (Spain)
On the other, I will propose an artistic project for its realization at a later date that brings together local crafts, craftspeople and local resources. The initial ideas revolve around the sauna as a space for conviviality, wellbeing and the sharing of experiences.
Saunas are places of complex social rituals and rich in material culture that could bring together many practices and resources of the land. Of special interest to me are the design and build of the sauna itself, local textile crafts for the production of towels, hats, gowns and other accessories; and the foraging and/or cultivation of herbs and other plants to be used as restoratives teas and aromatic concoctions.
For this, I will bring my previous experience in designing and running a public sauna and art space for Matadero, a contemporary art institution in Madrid, as well my work in food and fermentation. For both of these intentions, a series of eld and site visits would be undertaken during these first two weeks. These would include landscapes, craft people, timber yards, saunas.