EXHIBITION: SOUNDSCAPES connects contemporary art, Northern sound and landscape, and includes work by Alex Somers of Sigur Ros, Matthew Burtner, John Luther Adams, Pamuya, Foresteppe, Jana Winderen, Aqqalu, Nicholas Galanin, Jeneen Njootli, Davyd Becktal, Silla + Rise. On view April 3 through Aug. 16, 2020, in the Anchorage Museum Chugach Gallery.
EXHIBITION: AESTHETICS OF LAUNDRY is a collection of photographs by Andreas Hoffmann. The images of laundry illustrate Northern lifeways and landscapes. On view April 3 through Oct. 27, 2020, in the Anchorage Museum Art of the North galleries.
EXHIBITION: BLACK BOX is an Anchorage Museum space featuring films about the North and by Northerners and will occupy the Museum’s Northern Narratives Gallery in 2020. From Feb. 7 through Sept. 6, the space features films by Amanda Strong of Spotted Fawn Productions including Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes), Flood, How to Steal A Canoe, Four Faces of the Moon, and Mia’. Strong is a Michif Indigenous filmmaker, media artist and stop-motion director based out of the unceded Coast Salish territories, also known as Vancouver, British Columbia.
EXHIBITION: BORE TIDE SUFING is a series of photographs by Kerry Tasker documenting Alaska’s Turnagain Arm bore tides and the people who surf them. The Turnagain Arm bore tide is a wave formed when a super low tide and a super high tide crash into each other in the narrow and shallow Turnagain Arm. The wave can come twice a day and is often surfed by local riders, who are sometimes able to surf a very long time on five-to-ten-foot faces. On view April 3 through Sept. 13, 2020, in the Anchorage Museum Arctic Gallery.
INSTALLATION: HAUSTORIA IN ANCHORAGE will be a light and sound installation by Annie Mitchell on the Anchorage Museum lawn (April 13-20) and an ephemeral, one-night installation in the Anchorage landscape (April 16). As an interdisciplinary artist, Mitchell focuses her practice on sculpture, digital processes and installation and explores audiovisual brainwave entrainment and the role nature plays in human thriving. By drawing on research in neuroscience and bioecology she creates altered experiences in natural environments that bring humans into a meditative state of mind. Mitchell conducts research into sound and light pollution of modern life; and thinking about how nature and art can work together to bring us back into balance with the world around us. The work is largely based on the aesthetics and behavior of fungi. Some hyphae of parasitic fungi are specialized for nutrient absorption. These hyphae have specialized tips called haustoria, which penetrate the cell walls of plants or tissues of other organisms in order to obtain nutrients.
INSTALLATION: FLOWER TURBINES introduces an individual-scale opportunity to harness wind’s kinetic energy. Dr. Daniel Farb, from Iceland, presents his startup Flower Turbines as part of a site-specific installation at the Anchorage Museum in collaboration with Launch Alaska. Opens April 13.
INSTALLATION: ARCTIC LiDAR with A/P PRACTICE, the collaborative partnership of Maya Alam and Daniele Profeta, is an immersive 360° video installation exploring the Arctic coast’s quickly expanding logistic landscape. Using 3d LiDAR scanning, the video captured the primary nodes of this far-reaching infrastructure, from dry ports to icebreakers and rail terminals, and re-assembled them in a composite, speculative landscape. On view April 14-18, 2020, in the Anchorage Museum atrium.
INSTALLATION: CLOUD CHAMBER is a projection on the Museum façade drawn from Alaska photographer Kerry Tasker’s photo and video series documenting the rapidly changing Alaska landscape. The series is an abstract exploration of frozen form, glacial bodies, and the transforming shapes left behind. Evening projections from April 13-19, 2020.
INSTALLATION: WEZUP II, on the Anchorage Museum Lawn, was created by multidisciplinary visual artist Marek Ranis. Wezup is the name of a small village in northeastern Holland, which was shaped by glacial activities. This Alaska iteration is constructed from lumber affected by the Campbell Creek wildfire in Anchorage in 2019. The project alludes to the damage done by spruce beetle infestations and wildfires, both of which are increasing due to recent record-breaking temperatures and extended dry conditions. It is part of a series of the Museum’s SEED Lab public art projects that respond to climate change and climate action through reutilization and transformation. On view through August 2020.
INSTALLATION: LAUNDRY/LINES is a temporary outdoor installation featuring ideas of repair and reuse. On view April 12 – 20, 2020, at the Anchorage Museum’s SEED Lab.
PROJECT IN PROGRESS: SPARK! is a SEED Lab project by artist John Grade to create sculptures in response to wildfires. As part of the Critical Futures Creative Conference, Grade discusses his project, which includes placing a work in the path of Alaska wildfires, and joins US Fish & Wildlife Service staff to talk about the impacts of forest fires on our landscapes and lifeways.
PROJECT IN PROGRESS: ALASKA RIVER TIME, by Jonathan Keats, is a multifaced artwork in progress with the Museum’s SEED Lab, to bolster public appreciation of glaciers and glacial rivers and the understanding of the significance of rivers as climate indicators and timekeepers. Keats introduces the project at the Critical Futures Creative Conference and on the Landscape Excursion to Byron and Portage glaciers.
PROJECT IN PROGRESS: 14 MLIES is a video project by Ellen Frankenstein. Frankenstein is interested in how the dramatic political, ecological, social and economic changes and media coverage affect small communities. Through her video series, she looks at the views of a small island town in Southeast Alaska with only 14 miles of road from one end to the other. Videos on view in the Anchorage Museum atrium April 12 – September 27, 2020.
PROJECT IN PROGRESS: BIO BOXES explores bio material in creative and solutions-based forms. It features the fungi research project by University of Alaska professor Philipe Amstislavski, PhD, and team. His research relates to using mushroom tissue as part of an effort to find biodegradable alternatives to plastics like Styrofoam. Amstislavski is also working with the Harvard Innovation Lab.
PROTOTYPE: URBAN REFORESTATION is a prototype and plan for bringing trees back to Anchorage’s downtown and other urban places by Chad Taylor and Vania Hawkins with Intrinsic Landscapes.
WORKSHOP/PROJECT IN PROGRESS: TERRAVOX with Stuart Hyatt is an Anchorage Museum Polar Lab project and a multimedia, interdisciplinary exploration in which artists and scientists collaborate to reveal Alaska’s distinct subterranean sonic world. Led by musician Stuart Hyatt, TerraVox will yield perhaps the first ever musical album produced using seismic data as compositional source material. The project will also install an Earth listening station on the grounds of the Anchorage Museum. Through music, demonstration and interactive display, TerraVox gives visitors and listeners an opportunity to hear the planet in a whole new way. Hyatt partnered with EarthScope’s Anchorage Operations Center team in this cross-disciplinary creative project. The EarthScope Transportable Array (TA) is a dense network of state-of-the-art seismic stations that, from 2004-2015, migrated across the contiguous 48 states recording the high-quality data needed to map the structure of the earth beneath North America. The TA has since moved north to Alaska and western Canada. TA’s Alaska phase comprises 280 stations and will run through 2020.
WORKSHOP: MATERIALS OF PLACE, highlighting local, animal-based materials and Indigenous values. Led by Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Monica Shah, Andreas Hoffmann and others.
WORKSHOP: REFUGE is a discussion with scientists with the US Fish & Wildlife Service to learn about their research and work in Alaska’s wildlife refuges, upcoming anniversaries, and conceptual ideas around refuge and wilderness.
WORKSHOP: OBJECTS FOR PAST & FUTURE highlights the collection of the Anchorage Museum and examines ideas of technology, adaptation, invention and Indigenous knowledge.
WORKSHOP: CREATING AN ARCHIVE OF COLD + FUTURE ARCHIVES begins in the Museum’s Archives and Atwood Resource Center and explores ideas of radical archives, how we examine ideas around the environment and climate change with documents and ephemera and includes a discussion of the archives for the future.
WORKSHOP: FUTURE OBJECTS is a workshop lead by designer Karen Larsen as part of a SEED Lab project of the Anchorage Museum to examine useful objects for the future—both tangible, conceptual, and speculative. From emergency shelters and kits to useful gadgets together we will invent and describe what we need to survive and thrive in our future daily lives.
WORKSHOP: FERMENTING SUBJECTS is a workshop with Anders Dahl Monsen and Arne Skaug Olsen. Olsen is a visual artist, curator, critic and an associate professor at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing. At the university he is researching microbiological processes in art, and together with artist Anders Dahl Monsen he is currently arranging the project Fermenting Subjects, a platform to explore the issues he researches in more tangible forms. This includes arranging workshops where the participants learn fermentation processes in order to discuss questions of art, politics and technology. The workshop will occur at the Museum’s SEED Lab, Wednesday, April 15.
WORKSHOP: CLIMATE CHANGE, CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE OUTREACH & INDIGENOUS VALUES, a discussion led by Jonella Larson White of the Alaska Venture Fund.
WORKSHOP: Discussion with the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART on collaboration, contemporary art, and the edges of the Arctic.
WORKSHOP: Discussion with the YUKON ARTS CENTRE director Mary Bradshaw on art, art education and youth.
WORKSHOP: FEMALE FUTURES with Anchorage Museum Chief Curator Francesca DuBrock, with discussions of contemporary art, landscape, body and labor. Tuesday, April 14.
WORKSHOP: MEND & REPAIR, work with Anchorage artist Amy Meissner to creative extend the life of objects. SEED Lab, Wednesday, April 15.
YOUTH WORKSHOP: LANDSCAPE OF HOPE, a collective from Canada, will co-create a public art installation with Anchorage youth, involving multimedia, performances and other forms of expression.
EVENT: ANCHORAGE KIDS DAY is a city-wide event to celebrate youth and families. The Anchorage Museum participates with free admission on Saturday, April 18.
EVENT: ELECTRONIC MUSIC CONCERT. Join us for an electronic music experience at the Museum, Saturday, April 18, 7p.
EVENT: POLAR NIGHTS. The opening of the Fest portion of North x North on Friday evening, April 17, from 6-9p. Film, live music, performances, talks and presentations. Free admission for the public.
EVENT: ARCTIC ENCOUNTER RECEPTION on April 14, 6-8 p.m. for Alaska-based participants headed to the Arctic Encounter Symposium in Seattle for 2020. Founded in 2013, the AES (Arctic Encounter Symposium) aims to confront the shared interests and concerns of the United States and the global community relative to the Arctic. Policymakers, industry leaders, regional stakeholders, and leading experts from the science, technology, maritime, and energy sectors, come together at AES to challenge the status quo dialogue, critically address challenges, and collaborate on solutions.
EVENT: ALBUM RELEASE & LISTENING PARTY. Unbound Records of the Anchorage Museum celebrates the release of the album Holvut//Howl as part of North x North 2020. This will include an Arctic Dance Party and a listening party in the Museum’s planetarium. Holvut//Howl features contemporary sounds of Indigenous Circumpolar hip-hop, with songs from artists presented in the museum-produced film We Up: Indigenous Hip-hop of the Circumpolar North, including Uyarakq, Ailu Valle and The Circumpolar Hip-hop Collab. Visuals commissioned for the album by Anchorage-based artist Justin Ferguson. Listening party Thursday, April 16, 7 to 7:45 p.m. Planetarium.
EVENT: ARCTIC DANCE PARTY celebrates the North x North Fest with a late-night musical experience featuring Aqqalu, electronic and Inuit hip hop music producer/DJ living in Aanaar/Inari, Sápmi/Finland.
EVENT: NORTHERN FOOD FEST is a food experience featuring local chefs and local food. Saturday, April 18.
EVENT: BOREAL FILM FESTIVAL celebrates Northern filmmakers and films about the North. The creative and experimental films featured explore possible futures, address climate change, highlight Indigenous knowledge and voices, expand understanding and awareness of Northern people and landscapes. In collaboration with the Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF), an annual film festival held during the third week of January in Tromsø, Norway.
SPACES: SEED Lab HOUSE embodies the idea of prototyping. It has served as a bike valet hub, hosted repair and mending workshops, transforms through public art installations on its façade, houses a Radical Archive, and hosts conversations around civic issues. The SEED Lab House will be a venue for the Critical Futures Creative Conference as a home to creative and critical thinking.