Earth, Wind, Fire, Water Zoom Sessions

A digital seminar series running from August to October 2020, in connection with the Earth, Wind, Fire, Water exhibition and publication

The Nordic Network of Crafts Associations (NNCA) and Galleri F 15 organised Earth, Wind, Fire, Water Zoom Sessions. The sessions were associated with the 44th edition of Tendenser Earth, Wind, Fire, Water - Nordic Cotemporary Crafts curated by Randi Grov Berger at Galleri F 15 in Moss, Norway, and the newly released craft anthology also titled Earth, Wind, Fire, Water edited by Randi Grov Berger and Tonje Kjellevold (published by arnoldsche ART PUBLISHERS). The three publicly open sessions took place in August, September and October 2020 and centred around different themes that are being brought forward and discussed in the exhibition and the anthology. The programme consisted of live sessions only, the sessions were not recorded.   

Session 1: Posthumanist and Post-Anthropocentric Perspectives on Contemporary Craft

Moderator: Thomas Laurien (University of Gothenburg)
Panellists: Æsa Sigurjonsdóttir   ∣   Nicolas Cheng  ∣  Alma Heikkilä   ∣  Jenni Nurmenniemi
Tuesday 25 August at 5:30 pm CET

Session 2: Human-Material Dialogue Within Textile Art and Craft

Moderator: Marcia Harvey Isaksson (Fiberspace)
Panelists: Jessica Hemmings  ∣  Katve-Kaisa Kontturi  ∣ Petter Hellsing  ∣ Britta Marakatt-Labba
Wednesday 9 September at 5:30 pm CET

In this webinar, participants explored human-material dialogue and the agency of textile materials, and dug deeper into the trendy term New Materialism - what does this actually mean in a textile craft context?  The panel consisted of Jessica Hemmings, Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, Petter Hellsing and Britta Marakatt-Labba and was moderated by Marcia Harvey Isaksson. Co-editor of the publication Earth, Wind, Fire, Water Tonje Kjellevold gave a short welcome and introduction to the publication.

Session 3: Thinking and Working with Soil. Perspectives from the Arts, Crafts and Humanities

Moderator: Daniel Münster (Anthropogenic Soils, University of Oslo)
Ivana Králíková   ∣   Sigrid Espelien  ∣  Annike Flo  ∣  Maria Puig de la Bellacasa
Friday 9 October at 12:30 pm CET

This webinar explored the meaning and materiality of soil in the Anthropocene. In a conversation between artists and academic researchers, the panel discussed some of the emerging issues in the recent turn to soil and other earthly matters across fields of practice and theory. Structuring the conversation around a set of binaries like living/dead, natural/anthropogenic, visible/invisible, soil/land, ecology/belonging, dangerous/endangered this session explored the perils and promises of thinking with soil in the age of capitalist destruction. The panel consisted of Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Annike Flo, Ivana Králíková and Sigrid Espelien and was moderated by Daniel Münster. Co-editor of the publication Earth, Wind, Fire, Water Tonje Kjellevold gave a short welcome and introduction to the publication.