This section of the Dark Ecology website will collect all the video and photo reports, interviews, reports, audio recordings and other media concerning the Dark Ecology project and journeys.
Dark Ecology Video Diary: Day 2
Friday 10 June began with a lecture by Timothy Morton, who explained ‘dark ecology’. After this we crossed the border to Russia and traveled to Nikel. In the evening experienced Signe Lidén & Espen Sommer Eide’s new soundwalk Altitude & History, set in the hills above Nikel. Jana Winderen’s Pasvikdalen is on show until Sunday.
Dark Ecology Vimeo Album: A möbius research trip for thinking on objects beyond human perception
To sustain and develop ongoing ideas and conversations about some of the subjects within the three-year research project Dark Ecology, we invite key figures back to speak, reflect or create work in different settings. Philosopher and theorist Timothy Morton, from whom we borrowed the title 'Dark Ecology’, is one of the people who has been an integral part of this unfolding journey.
Nikel and Nikel Materiality
Nikel is a small Russian mining city near the border with Norway. It was founded in the 1930s after enormous quantities of nickel were found nearby. At the time the area was Finnish. An infrastructure for mining the nickel was built in the 1930s with help from Canadian companies. Mining operations began in 1940. In 1944 Nikel became part of the Soviet Union after the Red Army defeated Finland.
Living Land - Below as Above
In dialog with Britt Kramvig and Margrethe Pettersen Living Land – Below as above, is a commission piece by Margrethe Pettersen for Dark Ecology and co-commissioned by Arctic Encounters. The soundwalk is performed outside Kirkenes, during the second journey of Dark Ecology.
Sonic Acts & Radio Web MACBA Podcast special on Dark Ecology
Before he left for the Dark Ecology Journey, Arie Altena contributed to Radio Web MACBA’S fourth episode in the OBJECTHOOD podcast series. This episode is about what lies beneath the surface: where development clashes with strange hyperobjects, where geology meets politics, where horror meets daily life. Altena talks about superstitions surrounding the Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia.
Dark Matters: an interview with Susan Schuppli
by Lucas van der Velden & Rosa Menkman Dark Ecology Keynote speaker Susan Schuppli spoke with Lucas van der Velden and Rosa Menkman about what it means to be an artist and theorist working in the field of practice-based research and her concept of the Material Witness.
Field Notes: Making Things Speak
By Arie Altena To provide some invaluable insights into the upcoming Dark Ecology Journey, Arie Altena wrote an essay on the notion of ‘making things speak’. Making Things Speak is about giving a ‘voice’ to the non-human. Things can speak of many connections, with many with different interests converging in a single thing.
A Dark Ecology Special: Lectures, Interviews and Recordings
To get you in the mood for the upcoming Dark Ecology Journey, Sonic Acts Research Series #19 includes recorded lectures, excerpts of live performances, sound recordings and interviews made during the 2015 festival The Geologic Imagination. With contributors such as Timothy Morton, Jana Winderen, Espen Sommer Eide, BJ Nilsen and Karl Lemieux, Raviv Ganchrow, Ele Carpenter and Graham Harman.
Dark Ecology Critical Writing Academy Report
On 9 and 10 October 2015, Dark Ecology and Fridaymilk organised a two-day Critical Writing Academy in Murmansk. Norwegian and Russian writers with a connection to the Barents Region were selected to take part in the Academy led by Rosa Menkman and the experts Furqat Palvazande and Arne Skaug Olsen.
Dark Ecology reading list
By Arie Altena Here's an overview of some of the theories, ideas, philosophical directions and books that have guided my thinking for ‘Dark Ecology’. It contains pointers to books and online resources, and is ‘spiced’ up with a few provocative or informative quotes from the mentioned books.
Reise i grenseland
Ketil Nergaard Svett og kortpustet etter å ha løpt gjennom gangene til den mest fjerntliggende terminalen på Gardermoen, slenger jeg meg ned i setet ved siden av Ida Lykken Ghosh fra PNEK (Produksjonsnettverk for elektronisk kunst). Flyet er nesten fullt. En stor del av passasjerene er kunstnere, kuratorer og andre på vei til første del av kunst- og forskningsprosjektet Dark Ecology i Kirkenes og Nikel.
Dark Ecology Report
By Ivan Zoloto & Anya Kuts Dark Ecology expedition had kindly commissioned us to organize two musical events in Kirkenes, Norway and Nikel, Russia. It would be an understatement to say we were happy to bring our Secret Chamber concept outside Petrozavodsk. Both concerts proved to be inspiring and fulfilling both musically and socially.
Dark Ecology: fragments, glimpses, notes and the relentless present
By Nik Gaffney Twice this year I have travelled north of the Arctic Circle, once to Greenland around Solstice, during the yearly cycle of continuous daylight and more recently at the edge of darkness in the Norwegian-Russian border zone...
Notes gathered by Agatha Wara and Anna Mikkola
Agatha Wara and Anna Mikkola gathered notes throughout 2014 while they participated in discussions which took place during the first Dark Ecology event in Norway and Russia (October 2014), as well as during But Does it Float? at the Barber Shop in Lisbon (August 2014), and Emancipating the Concept of Freedom at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (July 2014).
Dark Ecology Interview Tim Morton
By Lucas van der Velden & Arie Altena On the last day of the first Dark Ecology journey, Sunday 12 October, Lucas van der Velden and Arie Altena sat down with Timothy Morton, author of amongst others The Ecological Thought and Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World, to reflect on the journey, his lecture and his experiences while there. Timothy Morton had opened the event the Thursday before with a keynote lecture entitled Human Thought at Earth Magnitude.
Friday Milk interview with Love Cult (video)
Ivan Afanasyev and Anya Kuts are Love Cult from Petrozavodsk, Russia, from where they also run their label Full of Nothing. In this interview at Friday Milk in Murmansk, they tell about the origins of the concert series called Secret Chambers. They developed two new Secret Chambers for Dark Ecology 2014 in Kirkenes and Nikel.
Drilling Deep / Knowledge from Underground
Notes on the Kola Superdeep BoreholeUntil 2008, the Kola Superdeep Borehole near the Norwegian/Russian border was the deepest borehole in the world. Deep drilling is like inserting a telescope into the Earth. If you extract drill cores, you can see what is down there. And in that light no borehole is as legendary as the Kola Superdeep. It was drilled from the 1970s in the framework of the former Soviet Union’s programme Investigation of the Continental Crust by Means of Deep Drilling. The deepest of its boreholes, the SG-3, reached a final depth of 12,262 metres in 1989. Now it is a ruin.
Dark Ecology, First Journey Report
We hope that this encounter, examination, or exploration will take many forms. In this sense Dark Ecology and the first journey are an experiment. It’s about imagination as well, imagining a past, a future, a politics, our connections. It’s also about trying to imagine something larger than us humans.