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After Belonging - A Forum on Arctic Negotiations

02 June 18:30 - 20:00
Organized by: Oslo Architecture Triennale
36 Bedford Square

The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 After Belonging: A Triennale In Residence, On Residence and the Ways We Stay In Transit, designs the objects, spaces, and territories for a transforming condition of belonging.


Global circulation of people, information, and goods has destabilized what we understand by residence, questioning spatial permanence, property, and identity—a crisis of belonging. Circulation brings greater accessibility to ever-new commodities and further geographies. But, simultaneously, circulation also promotes growing inequalities for large groups, kept in precarious states of transit.


After Belonging examines both our attachment to places and collectivities—Where do we belong?—as well as our relation to the objects we own, share, and exchange—How do we manage our belongings?


For the first public presentation of the Triennale in London, After Belonging invites a group of architects and spatial practitioners to reflect on one of the proposals selected through an International Call for Intervention Strategies and that are being developed throughout the Triennale period. Nature, Labour, Land: A Public Spatial Archive for Kirkenes seeks to produce a forum of discussion for the construction of a new eco-political Arctic governance by operating on three negotiations in the region: the melting of the Arctic ice (Nature), the expected global shipment along the Northeast Passage (Labor), and the indigenous conception of the territory (Land). Participants will critically consider the intersection of non-human nature, indigenous rights and transnational labor, three often neglected actors in the Arctic region around Kirkenes.


Nature, Labour, Land: A Public Spatial Archive for Kirkenes is part of an ongoing series of forums and workshops initiated in January 2016 by Nabil Ahmed and Dámaso Randulfe, selected as one of the winner teams of the Call for Intervention Strategies of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, and whose program of activities, interactions and interventions in each of the sites is developed throughout the year and culminated in an exhibition at the National Museum - Architecture in Oslo in September 2016.



Nabil Ahmed and Dámaso Randulfe (Authors, Nature, Labour, Land), Lindsay Bremner (Westminster University), Adrian Lahoud, (Dean School of Architecture, Royal College of Art. TBC), Katya Larina, (U:lab.spb), Territorial Agency (John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog).

Along with the curators of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016:

Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier

With Introductions by:

Director of the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Hanna Dencik Petersson




Norwegian Embassy in London

Architectural Association

British Council


More info here.