The ninth Relate North: Everyday Extremes focused on a more specific perspective of human and non-human wellbeing in the Arctic region. The concept of extremes aims to highlight and describe the particular sensitivity that enables and supports creative and sustainable interaction between human/non-human actors and the everchanging, severe environment of the Arctic. Moreover, with the current speed of climate change, when the notion of the extreme environment is to be expanded towards most parts of the "Spaceship Earth" in the next 20-50 years, the challenges of nature and their social and cultural implications will call for a creative response.

The exhibition displays artworks by 50 artists and designers from 8 different countries. The collection builds strongly on multidisciplinary arts: in addition to visual arts, there are artworks using video, installations and design products, architecture and painting.

The virtual exhibition is designed and arranged by the Arctic Design School, National Research Tomsk State University, in collaboration with the ASAD thematic network coordinated by the University of Lapland. The Curator Svetlana Usenyuk-Kravchuk is the head of the Arctic Design School and a senior researcher at Tomsk State University.

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See the exhibition catalogue:  Relate North 2021 exhibition catalogue (pdf)

All the Relate North Exhibitions catalogues are available here:  Exhibitions - ARCTIC SUSTAINABLE ARTS AND DESIGN (

More about Relate North Symposium 2021 Everyday Extremes: Relate North Arctic Design School 

For more information contact:

Timo Jokela
Lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design
+358 7396034

Svetlana Usenyuk-Kravchuk
Head of the Arctic Design School
Senior Researcher, Tomsk State University
+7 922 015 96 77