Digital BAR International – Connecting Northern Norway and Petrozavodsk

Last week saw the second digital BAR international workshop residency meeting with our group of artists who are thinking through “Guidebooks” and “Guiding” together in the age of travel limitations and digital contacts. 

The project takes inspiration from the Russian and Norwegian sailors who developed a shared language “russenorsk” for the purpose of trade and exchange in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as the many historical trade routes that have weaved their way through national borders. The concept was developed by Sergey Terentyev (Petrozavodsk) and the project is currently being curated and produced as a collaboration between Pikene på Broen and The Center of Folk Art and Cultural Initiatives of the Republic of Karelia.

What function does a guidebook have in relation to new surroundings? How do we become “guides” for each other, sharing cultural secrets and insights? What is the difference between a traveller and a tourist? What happens in the space between everyday life and “guidebook” information? How can we use imagination as a tool or remedy for longing? And what new role can guides and guidebooks play as the world begins to get moving again?

Pikene thanks the artists that took part in our digital residency and workshop – Natalia Egorova, Trygve Luktvasslimo, Victoria Kopeikina, Malin Lin Nordström, Natalia Loginova, Janna Thöle-Juul, Artem Starodubtsev, Kristin Tårnes, Sergey Terentyev, and Varvara Feklistova – for a very enjoyable and inspiring workshop! Another big thank you to Nadezhda Shablikova for providing excellent language interpretation!

The project is supported by BarentsKult.

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