Arctic Imagination

Six major libraries

It is with a powerful new dynamic that six major libraries in USA, Greenland and Scandinavia have combined in creating the project Arctic Imagination, where light is shed on the rapidly disappearing ice masses – a unique cooperation across the Atlantic in which a number of high profile artistic and creative voices will contribute to a international brainstorming of the area.

In just 100 years, the Arctic and the North Pole have been transformed from extremely dangerous, mysterious peripheral areas to regions which, in the race against climate change, are now in need of our protection and sense of responsibility. In 2017 the libraries will be focusing on this theme in Arctic Imagination – a series of events, readings and live conversations in New York, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Nuuk.



Arctic, the symbol of the unconquered

Down through the ages, the cold, mysterious region has attracted great numbers of explorers, adventurers and artists. In the course of several centuries of Western cultural history, the Arctic and the North Pole have been seen within both art and literature as a symbol of the distant and unconquered, the desolate and merciless. This symbol, linked to extreme danger and vastly superior forces, was endlessly powerful. But for it to retain its great impact there has to be snow and ice, biting frost and cold.

Today, the Arctic region is being challenged especially by melting ice and rising sea levels caused by climate change. As The Arctic Resilience Report states the Arctic ice simply takes up less space than any previous measurements have ever shown. Also that the effects of the melting ice will be felt everywhere on the planet, even in the Indian Ocean. The warning signals are getting stronger. Exactly 100 years ago, the hardships and inhuman conditions resulted in the death of two of those taking part in the Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen’s 2nd Thule Expedition in Greenland. Today, the temperature in the region is rising in record speed.



An artistic and intellectual reflection

The questions we wish to ask the invited conversation partners to reflect on are: How can we, in the light of the dramatic course of events in the Arctic, gain greater insight into the overall global development? And how can we via reflection of a more artistic and intellectual nature arrive at an original vision of an otherwise sustainable and transcending future for the whole planet?

Follow the live events in the upcoming months