Winter Art Design and Northern Voices

Lead Author Timo, Jokela
Institution Contact Faculty of Art and Design University of Lapland Box 122 FIN 96101 Rovaniemi
Theme Theme 2: Vulnerability of Arctic Societies
Session Name 2.4 Art, Design, Media and the Arctic - Marginalization, Power and Manifestations for Change
Datetime Fri, Sep 16, 2016 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text The paper presents the development of winter art design methods in Finland. Winter in North is an impressive phenomenon as such. The solid states of water in winter - snow and ice - are central aesthetic elements in the northern landscape. For Northern people practical connection to winter also included a rich tradition of storytelling.
To create new innovation we combined art and design expertise of the Faculty of Art and Design of the University of Lapland with cold climate engineering expertise of the Lapland University of Applied Sciences. We were aiming to create new services based on design approach, which helps to utilize the multi-disciplinary snow and ice expertise in various events and tourism services in local and international forums.
Development does not limit to technical dimensions, instead, it also strengthens the connection between contents of winter art and local culture. Artistic know-how and craftsmanship of the local men support each other and engage in productive dialogue. Working with winter art has increased young men’s trust in that even during the transformation of livelihoods, knowledge coming from their own northern culture and familiarity with natural conditions has a future. Winter art has offered a new chance for men who have run out of work in their traditional livelihoods of exploiting natural resources.
We are now able to support the development work of winter art design by action research based training in different areas, such as educational institutions, cultural and social sector and particularly the tourism sector. The research activities may focus on areas such as reinforcing local identity, visualise cultural heritage, supporting psychosocial wellbeing, preventing social exclusion and participating in community empowerment activities. Winter art is seen as environmental, community, culture and education oriented activity, which seeks to strengthen its expertise in the field of regional competitiveness and wellbeing.
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