On 26th of Oct 2010 I was participating at Ragnarock in Milano – Italy. Ragnarock is a nordic festival with the goal to promote Nordic best practices in terms of environment, green economy, and corporate responsibility through art, music, cultural and political meetings, exhibitions, and cultural events. Theme of Ragnarock is that North Europe and Italy confront each other on the future of Nordic artists, architects and designers meet their Italian counterparts to talk about the role of culture, design and architecture in the new Ecological Age.
Being held at the Sala Alessi – Palazzo Marino, Municipality of Milan, gave a special feeling to it – talking about case studies of how creatives are practicing the topic sustainability. It was very interesting to listen to all the speakers. Marco Lobina (IT) – Director General at the Councillorship for Research, Innovation, Human Resources – Municipality of Milan / Adriano Musitelli (IT) – Councillorship for Mobility, Transport, Environment – Municipality of Milan / Marco Germinario (IT) – President of Ragnarock Association / Olaf Gerlach-Hansen (DK) – Danish Cultural Institute and Co-Founder of Culture Futures / Mario Lolli Ghetti (IT) – Director General for Landscape, Fine Arts, Architecture and Contemporary Arts at the Ministry of Culture / Finn Andersen (DK) – Secretary General, The Danish Cultural Institute and representing Culture Futures / GroupGaute Stensrud (NO) – Architect, Code Architects partner / Jakob Lange (DK) – Architect, partner of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group / Mario Cucinella (IT) – Architect, Mario Cucinella Architects / Henrik Good Hovgaard (DK) – Managing partner of the innovation and futurist company, Future Navigator / Aldo Cibic (IT) – / Architect, Cibic & Partners / Dorte Skot-Hansen (DK) – Head of Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, Copenhagen / Vanni Pasca (IT) – Design Historian / Adriano Gasperi (IT) – Scientific Committee General Secretary, Expo Milano 2015 / Jacob Fuglsang Mikkelsen (DK) – Artist and Race Organiser at CO2 E-Race / Gunilla Bandolin (SE) – Professor and artist, University College of Arts and Crafts, Stockholm / Janne Gallen-Kallela-Sirén (FI) – Museum Director of Helsinki Art Museum / Hafsteinn Juliusson (IS) – Founder of HAF – Sustainable industrial design / Per Åge Sivertsen (NO) – Director and Head Designer ofFINOslo – Sustainable fashion /Ewa Kumlin (SE) – Managing Director at Svenska Form.
Later the day, on my 24h Milan Trip we where invited to a dinner at Superstudio Piu, a centre opened to the creativity needs situated in Milan. We ended an efficient day, with networking in a very nice relaxing atmosphere and very good food.
I decided to contribute via giving an insight into my art practice, and the choice of being situated with my life and my studio at a very remote place in Dale inn Sunnfjord, Norway. My speech was about why Dale and not New York, the personal choice of living, – urbanizing the farm or urban farming. Just here I saw coherence between me and the nature. The speech I held in Milan showed my challenges in art practice and about the Do It Yourself – DIY culture . For example to make conductive yarn I use the wool of the family´s sheep farm and blend it with steelwool – via the spinning technique. I was talking about different approaches to sustainability, about Buckminster Fuller – the godfather in this topic, Li Edelkoort and Fowkes. Basicly sustainability understood as a system of open source, interdisciplinarity, and a non profit attitude as the only motivation to open a cross linked communication between faculities to create new innovative solutions to our challenge of ecology – that the whole world, but mostly the western civilizations, are facing. I ended the talk in showing case studies and talking about electronic textiles and their contribution to sustainability fashion and architecture.
View my talk here, click on the pictures to move forward in the movie.