Slow culture in the far north
On 25 and 26 November, the Arctic Art Forum will take place in Arkhangelsk, in northwest Russia. A host of cultural actors from countries in the Artic Circle figure prominently in the event: Finn Andersen, director of the Danish Cultural Institute in St. Petersburg, opens the forum, together with among others Andrey Shalyov, Norwegian Honorary Consulate, Michele Renee Widerøe, NODA (Northern Norwegian Center of Design and Architecture), and the curators of Arctic Art Forum, Ekaterina Sharova and Kristina Dryagina.
The theme of the forum is slow culture, namely in regard to design and architecture. A description from the Artic Art Forum on what this entails:
"Sustainable food, clothes, buildings, transport, urban environment surround us every day. Interaction with the product can influence health of people and life quality satisfaction.
"Culture is the sofa that we sleep on, it is a toothbrush we use in the morning, it is a timetable at the bus stop, it is the bus itself.
"Slow culture is about production of things, which influence everyday life of people in the North.
"A dress, an interior, an illustration, a lamp, a park, a plate, a poster, a wagon – all these things are produced by designers. The time which is used for production can correlate with the quality of the things. What would we choose today: quality or quantity? Fast food, fast culture or the uniqueness of the place?"
Arctic Art Forum is organised by Arctic Art Institute, an international project bureau in the Russian North, in the Euro-Arctic region of Russia, close to Scandinavia. It facilitates international communication, conducts research and creates innovative projects.