I am quite fortunate to be chosen to treck to the Arctic Circle for twenty days in June of this year. The program is officially called The Arctic Circle and is administered by a non profit organization called The Farm based out of New York state. Artist and scientist led, The Arctic Circle is an annual expeditionary residency program, bringing together international artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects, and educators who collectively explore remote destinations aboard a specially fitted sailing vessel. This program serves as an incubator for thought and experimentation for artists and innovators who seek out and foster areas of collaboration to engage in the central issues of our time. It provides a shared experience for its participants to develop professionally as well as sharing exhibition opportunities and public classroom engagement following the expedition.
Below are a few photos of past excursions to give you an idea of the geographical area as well as the vessel we will be sailing on...... (all photos courtesy of www.thearcticcircle.org) I will fly into
Oslo, Norway, then take a flight from there to
Longyearbyen, Svalbard - officially still part
of Norway. Here is a link to 12 strange facts
about the city (you aren't allowed to die there
and cats are not permitted!!)
From there we will sail out around the Arctic
Circle, stopping every day on land to
collaborate on ideas, then heading back
to regroup and sleep on board.
My objective in creating and maintaining this
blog is to share the ideas that not only I have
to bring to the table, but also to share others
thoughts and concepts entailed with this trip
as well. Bringing people together from
different parts of the world is an important
aspect of my work in hopes that the more we
understand about diverse cultures, the easier it
will be to show kindness and humanity towards
In these next few months I will be posting details regarding projects and plans to be worked on in preparation for the trip.....please stay tuned for
upcoming project proposals, and thanks again
for checking out the blog!