Nomadic Dialogues - Telavåg –  Formulation of national narratives

The feeling of living in coherence with a historically anchored place is arguably challenged by the onset of globalisation, migration, tourism and social media. Over the last decades, these conditions have influenced and contributed to a growing sense of displacement and alienation in Europe. It is no longer uncomplicated to acknowledge a belonging to a place, a group or a nation. As we move towards the first quarter of the third millennium, the impermanent and shifting influence of globalisation, economic division, migratory encounters and the divide between north and south, create a sense of instability, ideological conflict and threat. The notion of belonging to a place seems ambiguous and increasingly contradictory. The most fundamental contradictions, perhaps, consists in the tension between the universalising forces of global modernity and the autonomy of the local community or society.


"Nomadic Dialogue -Telavåg" will through the violent history of the remote village of Televåg, seek to explore the narratives of place and belonging. This dialogue will be distinctly interdisciplinary and places concepts such as landscape, space and topography in play with, for example, cosmopolitanism, ecology, identity, urbanisation and homeland.


In collaboration with Faculty of Art, Music and Design at The University of Bergen, Nomadic Dialogue - Telavåg is a week event starting with talks, reflections, and lectures on Monday the 12th of November. A two day field trip to the village of Telavåg, and finally a showing of sketches, works and proposals in Gallery 61.

List of participant:


Arild Våge Berge - Artist Norway

Dániel Péter Biró - Associate Professor, The Grieg Academy, University of Bergen

Susan Brind- Reader in Contemporary Art, Glasgow School of Art

Joakim Gusland - Museum Educator, The North Sea Maritime Museum, Norway

Yiorgos Hadjichristou - Professor of Architecture, University of Nicosia

Jim Harold - Visiting Lecturer, Glasgow School of Art 

Duncan Higgins-Professor, Nottingham Trent University College of Art, University of Bergen 

Bente Irminger -Associate Professor, Department of Design, University of Bergen

Linda Lien - Designer, Norway

Andrew David Lock- Fellow, University of Bergen

Shauna McMullan - Artist/Researcher, Glasgow School of Art

Marija Miloshevska - Performing artist and designer, Republic of Macedonia

Johan Sandborg - Professor, University of Bergen

Hakan Gurcan Sicakkan - Professor Department of Comparative politics,University of Bergen 

Ana Souto - Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University College of Art 



Students Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design University of Bergen :

Sondre Haaland Bjelland -MA Design

Dan Brown Brønlund - BA Art

Andrea Grundt Johns - MA Art

Victoria Gouzikovski - MA Design

Dimitri Andreievich Thomas-Komissarov - MA Art

Steffen André Nilsen - BA Art

Dale Rothenberg - MA Art


Monday 12th

10.      Opening words – Professor Johan Sandborg

10.15  On Citizenship; Public Sphere; Globalisation;

             Politics of Diversity, Mobility, and Identity.

Hakan Gurcan Sicakkan - Professor Department of Comparative politics. 

11.15  Composing Spinoza’s Ethics: Charting a Migration of Spirit Through Sound

Dániel Péter Biró - Associate Professor, The Grieg Academy – Department of Music

12.     Lunch

13.     Between imaginary boundaries

           Marija Miloshevska - performing artist and designer

14.     Presentation of Nomadic Dialogues - Arnedalsuka.

15.     Discussion CCFT core researchers 

19.     Gathering dinner at the house boat 


Tuesday 13th

9- 16  Field trip Telavåg  

11-12 Tour "The North Sea Maritime Museum"   viewing of film, Joakim Gusland; About Televåg

Lunch 12

13 - 16 Individual or small group exploration of surroundings

19.00 - "Nomadic Dinners"

Joint dinner with "Nomadic Structures – “ProtoStudio" Workshop Department of Art, Course administrator Professor Eamon O'Kane.

Wednesday 14th

9-16 Field trip Telavåg 

Individual or small group exploration of surroundings

Thursday 15th 

Group discussions and preparation for Gallery 61 event

Friday 16th

Gallery 61 event