Future Arctic envisioned by Northern museums, culture leaders
June 07, 2016
Anchorage Museum Director Julie Decker joins conversations about territory and power in the North at the Thinking at the Edge of the World Conference in Norway
SVALBARD, Norway – “Arctic places have long been perceived as being at the edge of the rest of the world, but today’s Arctic is at the center of a global dialogue about changing climate, international cultures and cultural identity, and commerce,” says Anchorage Museum Director and CEO Julie Decker, a featured speaker at Thinking at the Edge of the World, a cross-disciplinary international conference June 12-13 in Svalbard, Norway.
Initiated and developed by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway and the Northern Norway Art Museum, Thinking at the Edge of the World brings together figures from the fields of art, architecture, psychology, philosophy, history and science to reﬂect upon the environmental, aesthetic, architectural, economic, political and scientiﬁc forces that are shaping the North of Norway and its relationship to the world. The conference examines how frontiers are questioned from an Arctic vantage point, and how this questioning catalyzes new thinking regarding territory, power and resource exploitation.
“The future of the Arctic relies upon creating meaningful conversations now. This gathering brings together many different perspectives for a conversation that is forward-looking and adaptive,” says Decker. The Anchorage Museum regularly hosts conversations and programs that explore life in the North as part of its ongoing series Polar Lab, https://polarlab.anchoragemuseum.org/.
The Anchorage Museum and the Northern Norway Art Museum belong to the Northern Art Network, a collaboration between museums and cultural institutions throughout the Circumpolar North to exchange ideas, share resources, and expose each other to regional artists whose works explore northern ideas and themes.
For more information about Thinking at the Edge of the World, visit http://oca.no/news/8966/-thinking-at-the-edge-of-the-world-.
The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to connect people, expand perspectives and encourage global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment. Learn more at www.anchoragemuseum.org.