Arctic Circle Project (III)
The Arctic Circle Project III (from 2012 – present) is a meditation on the Arctic as both a real and imaginary place. Borrowing from concepts like ‘heterotopia’ and ‘countersite’, conceived by Michel Foucault, places like the Arctic are «a kind of effectively enacted utopia in which the real sites […] are simultaneously represented, contested, and invented. Places of this kind are outside of all places, even though it may be possible to indicate their location in reality». In tandem, the Project asks questions about the role of the photograph as an authentic record – a means of knowing things – and the ‘souvenir’ as object, encapsulating memories of sites visited.
The third material phase of the Project stems from an artist residency (September – October 2012) aboard a tall ship around the Svalbard archipelago, which was documented with a series of photographs and short films, ‘en plein air’ drawings, and a journal. Selected photographs from the Svalbard expedition were made into an artist’s book.
--See Michel Foucault, « Texts/Contexts : Of Other Spaces », Diacritics, Vol. 16, No. 1, Spring 1986 : 22-27; Susan Sontag, On Photography (New York: Penguin Books, 1977).
Images are mainly from an exhibition of the Arctic Circle Project at Galerie Saint-Simon, Versailles, France in November 2019, Skeiðarárhlaup - Micro performance festival - in July 2019, Skaftafell, Iceland.