NSU Competition!

Our extraordinary #letterpress artist colleague David Armes (@RedPlatePress) has been using printing to respond to the stories and discussions from Nordic Summer University’s past, as part of our 70th Anniversary.

David has been binding a unique collection of prints inspired by the NSU archive, each page crafted by hand using the manual technology of letterpress printing, together with collaborators from Denmark and the USA. An extremely limited number of books have been printed – with finished pages passed from one artist to the next – for final binding by David.

And YOU could win one – a truly unique piece of history from the oldest Nordic institution of its kind!

To be in with a chance of winning one of the books, simply:

1. Answer the following question: What has NSU meant to you, and why should it continue?

This can be answered in the form of a strong memory, an image, a manifesto, or simply recalling a conversation with a fellow member, on a windy Nordic beach…

(or, if you are new to NSU, you can answer: What does “Nordic-ness” mean to you?)

2. Send your answer in a Tweet, or a Facebook post, or an Instagram post, with the following hashtags:

Facebook: #TracesOfNorth @NordicTraces @NSU2020

Instagram: @the.nordics #TracesOfNorth @tracethespirit

Twitter: @The_Nordics #TracesOfNorth @NSU_70

Runners-Up to the competition may win original printed pieces from copies of the book which did not fully bind – a piece of ephemera for an original poster!

* Anniversary* – How The News Travels – Artist Talk + Q&A

TO REGISTER follow this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

How the news travels is a British-US-Danish collaboration between four visual artists and printers – David Armes, Jens Jørgen Hansen, Megan Adie and Luise Valetiner – brought together around the “literary time-capsule” of the NSU archive. Using the medium of letterpress printing to respond to the stories and discussions from NSU’s past, How the news travels takes a once-industrial process and uses it to craft a unique binding of prints, each page crafted by hand.

On July 31st at 7pm-8pm, project creator David Armes will unveil a digital version of the artist book, and talk through his journey from the crumpled Danish newspaper pages that packed his studio’s Eickhoff printing press (built in Copenhagen in 1956) to the finished volume.

How the news travels reinterprets NSU’s place in Nordic history and public life by weaving conventional narratives, images, symbols and literal texts. The bound artist book has been formed to show the tough material of NSU. As COVID-19 forced a shutdown of normal activities across the world, the essential elements which have made NSU thrive for our 70 years – interdisciplinary collaboration, across borders, sharing time in intimate surroundings – have been under great strain.

How the news travels is created by letterpress artist David Armes: http://www.redplatepress.com & on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @redplatepress. 

the future of utopia – the NSU book being assembled…

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

Searching for the News

Introducing: Project 3

A printing press stands resolute on a desk. The crisp clatter of printing stamps is heard; the printing blanket is pulled back. Whispers of pages, shuffled between unknown hands. 

A British-US-Danish collaboration brings three visual artists – David Armes, Jens Jørgen Hansen and Megan Adie – together around a literary time-capsule. Their practice-based piece takes historical newspaper stories, explored from the perspective of letterpress printing and artists’ books.