* Anniversary * – ‘Time in Space’, Arts Talk with Karima Klasen.

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Time in Space was originally conceived as a large-scale installation of fragments from the NSU archive, by artist Karima Klasen, with participants able to walk through an accessible sculpture. In its new configuration, Time in Space becomes a richly textured online archive, displaying up to 3000 scans of material from NSU’s history. Set alongside a “now archive” of personal ephemera from the artist, the piece works with the immersive nature of records, their power to structure and dictate, and their use as justification for visions of the future.

Join the artist – Karima Klasen – on July 30th at 9am, for an informal artist talk about the work! Karima’s digital publication of Time in Space will be released during the NSU week, allowing both old and new NSU members to deep-dive into the past twists and turns of the organization. For a nomadic, independent and self-organising institution to be at such a turning point, critical discussion over the use of the past may be more crucial than ever.

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Artist, Karima Klasen:

In June 2019, I received the good news that my project proposal ‘TiS-Time in Space’ would be realized in the framework of the Nordic Summer University Anniversary Celebrations. The concept for TiS included an art installation which presents fragments from the archive of the 70-year Nordic Summer University in an interactive way, accessible and directly experienceable for all visitors. 

Traces of the past, in dialogue with the space, the present, the people who shaped NSU and who form it today. For me, the active participation on-site – the academic, international exchange, the personal contacts, and the extensive network – would have been a highlight of the year. I had over 12 months to prepare for the event and was very much looking forward to the exhibition in Norway and the celebration.

During my research stay in September 2019 at the Rigsarkivet in Copenhagen, 3000 scans of the documents and materials from the NSU archive boxes were made. Since it was impossible to estimate what the countless boxes contained, I intuitively selected the materials and worked with everything I had available at the time. In the project phase before the Summer Session, the task would have been to sift through this plentitude of material and select specific parts. The year 2020, however, already had other plans from March onwards. Or rather: plans would fall through and thus have a profound effect on all our lives. It became clear that it would not be a year of traveling and personal contact. The project had to be rethought and redesigned and a situation-oriented approach required a multimedia concept. The quarantine gave rise to a completely new and, for me, rather unusual approach to work. ‚The Trace of the new Spirit’ was formulated as a radical shift. TiS now moved into virtual space and my laser scanner became the central artistic tool. The scanner, which had enabled me to capture so many materials in a short time in Copenhagen, was now used in my studio to document my personal studio/home archive. 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.

For the visitor, the TiS Archive has two entrances: the Nordic Summer University materials (NSU Archive) and the Now Archive Karima Klasens’. The Internet publicity and anniversary community of the NSU will have access to all my pictures that were taken in the context of the project through this form of digital presentation. 

The discussion about what an archive is or can be, how we as viewers and artists deal with archives, and what messages are contained in the materials, is left to each individual.