the Now Archive #2

Trapped within my own four walls, the lockdown forced me to deal with the things in my immediate surroundings, which are reproduced as ‘Traces’ and snapshot of my personal life. The archive project has been transformed into a digital, expanded image catalogue, documenting the stories of people and time.

Karima Klasen, July 2020

Picture-In-Picture: Notes from writing in-sync

7 May 2020, 09.18  synchronous writing with the others

We live in the shadow of the archive, of the proof, the evidence. But it is the aesthetic, the sensations, emotions that have the most affect.

We live in shadows. 

The archive holds out a possibility of fact, surety, confirmation or is this only an illusion.

Is this what I want, surety, or do I prefer to live in the shadows, what pleasure might be found in shadows?

Emotional meaning has more importance than actual meaning.



Skype meeting 3 April 2020



Here is an excerpt from one of our diaries that we write every month synchronously:

27 November 2019 An extract from the diary one of us wrote when we visited the archive:

The Danish National Archive protects the NSU’s documents from physical degradation, theft and loss. Perhaps they even receive the same protection as major state documents; age affords a levelling. Each year we hold worried conversations about the future of NSU. We never know what will happen. But the past is taken care of.

5 May 2020. Camilla at a residency at Brecht Hus in Svendborg, DK.

23 October 2020. Message from Camilla, the night before our visit to the National Archive in Copenhagen. 

Dear Per, Myna and Luisa,

I’m alone with Olga these days and therefor only can join you at the achive at 10:00 tomorrow.

If you arrive earlier than me, then please ask for the material that I have ordered for us.

I’m otherwise looking forward to seeing you there. 

Safe travels.

Hugs,

Camilla

the future of utopia – the NSU book being assembled…

CALL FOR ‘HUMAN-TECHNOLOGY’ TRACES

I still need inspiration…

To celebrate 70 years of NSU’s activism and scholarship, in 2019 we embarked upon a series of arts-research projects which reflected the history of NSU and wider expressions of ‘Nordic’ values. From print-making to sound art, to VR installations and performances, our ten artists have been using every artistic-research-method under the sun! CLICK HERE to see how they’ve been putting it all together.

You can also find out more about the Cybioses circle here

MORE QUESTIONS!?

You can always visit our FAQ page.

What about that cool header image?

* The above image is sculpture called “EŦNICITY INC.” by @nathanael.lebret, one of the artists commissioned to explore NSU’s relationship with ‘Nordicness’, in project Into The Forest…

Stamp Out the Digital

All of our arts-research projects are having to adjust to life under lock-down. The elements that have made Nordic Summer University thrive for our 70 years – interdisciplinary collaboration, across borders, sharing time in intimate surroundings – are qualities currently under great strain.

So it’s glorious to start to see the fruits from our collaboration with letterpress artist @RedPlatePress, and his collaborators Luise Valentiner and Jens Jørgen Hansen. We can’t wait to have the physical copies of their letterpress-book to share with the NSU community. Digital mediums might be easier, but they are no match for the material thing…

Kai Roland Green, 17 May 2020

CALL FOR ‘URBAN STUDIES’ TRACES

As part of our re-designed 2020 summer session, the Nordic Summer University invites scholars, emerging researchers, urban practitioners, artists and creative industries specialists, institutional representatives and non-governmental sector activists to take part in a symposium organized by the NSU study circle Urban Studies: Between Creativity and Power. The symposium will offer an opportunity to take part in stimulating presentations and discussions to co-produce knowledge by sharing research and practical experiences and discovering innovative theoretical and methodological approaches to the everyday life in the city. 

Each event should produce a trace which can be shared with the larger community: NSU’s urban studies circle our eight other multi-disciplinary study circles, and the wider members of the oldest nomadic Nordic university of its kind (read more about the history of NSU here!).

Grants are available for creating the event and its trace. Traces can be made individually or together with other participants. (See more below)

What is a trace?

A trace is defined as the outcome of our Circle’s activities in the Summer Session 2020. A trace is documented and can be archived or presented as a form of evidence. A trace can have a variety of formats: it can be an article written or co-written by you or a discussion held among our Circle’s members, it can be a virtual meet-up or a localized interdisciplinary micro meet-up between members of different circles in a form that is permitted, an online podcast or interviews – you name it! The format is not restricted in any way; however, as coordinators we will organize a shortlisting procedure of the proposed traces. We will evaluate the potential outcome, creative and academic contribution, quality and shareability of the proposed trace.

The trace of your event with NSU needs to be:

●  produced by a single individual or group of participants.
●  sharable and open to all during the Summer Session time frame
●  fitting to NSU’s overall goals, aims and vision.
●  related to the circle’s theme – which you can read more about here
●  created with its main language English or a Scandinavian or Baltic language. ●  those who ultimately make the trace must be a member of NSU (this requires paying a small membership fee & participating in the democratic forum of NSU
●  the team or individual creating a trace needs to provide some promotion material considered as an INVITATION to the trace, before the Summer Session in July: picture & 200-500 words.
●  those who make a trace need to provide a brief report of the trace to their coordinator (the form will be provided by Board, including amount of participants, goals, etc) after the trace has been produced.

What is this year’s theme of the Circle?

Home and Belonging

From the NSU Archive. Find out more here!

The participants are invited to address the meaning of home, which is complex and multifaceted in the times of extended mobility and nomadic practices (migration, tourism, multiple homes, homelessness etc.). We see the current events of global pandemic COVID-19 as especially provoking environment to readdress the meaning and practices of home and belonging. Home as a construct has a deep emotional meaning and often intertwined with nostalgia emerging from childhood memories, feeling of comfort, privacy, attachment, security and belonging. Losing one’s home can feel like losing one’s self. However, home can also have conflicted or variable meanings presenting tensions, alienation and exclusion. Recently, home has also experienced certain transformations with all kinds of integrated media as, for example, can be evidenced in the “smart home/house” and the “home-office”, thus overlapping with other places and spaces. The topics of exploration include, but are not limited to: 

  1. what counts as home;
  2. how home is lived and experienced by people as a place
  3. the significance of home as a space;
  4. the accessibility/inaccessibility of home; 
  5. how power dynamics and socio-economic conditions impact the concept of  home;
  6. how technology can influence how and where we feel at home; 
  7. how home is gendered and contested.

How do I apply?

To submit a proposal of a Trace, please send it via email to the coordinators Laine Kristberga and Anete Ušča (circle1nsu@gmail.comby 31 May 2020:

  1. A written proposal (max. 350 words). This should include a title and a short description of the topic, its format and its outcome (add visual materials, if necessary);
  2. A short bio (max. 200 words).

The NEW deadline to submit proposals is 31 May 2020Accepted applicants will be informed by e-mail and a preliminary programme will be announced on http://nordic.university, where you can also find more information about NSU and sign up for the newsletter.

The accepted participants will be notified by the 15 June, including all the relevant details regarding the registration. 

Grants and Scholarships

A Trace will enable you to also receive a grant, which supports the creation of that trace. Each circle will be able to suggest 6 traces to be given a grant of 7000 Danish Krones for each trace. Traces can be made individually or together with other participants. In case we receive a large number of exciting proposals for the Traces, we will consider a possibility to split the grants in slightly smaller amounts, to encourage a greater diversity of projects. 

The participants will need to pay the Nordic Summer University’s annual membership fee. The membership fee facilitates the existence of the Nordic Summer University, which is a volunteer-based organisation. In the times of COVID-19, there are two optional choices: 

Annual membership fee: €25 

Annual membership fee: €10 

I still need inspiration…

To celebrate 70 years of NSU’s activism and scholarship, in 2019 we embarked upon a series of arts-research projects which reflected the history of NSU and wider expressions of ‘Nordic’ values. From print-making to sound art, to VR installations and performances, our ten artists have been using every artistic-research-method under the sun! CLICK HERE to see how they’ve been putting it all together.

You can also follow the Urban Studies circle here on Facebook.

MORE QUESTIONS!?

You can always visit our FAQ page.