Sunday, August 26, 2012

SUBKULTPOLAR - November the 3rd, 2012

Announcing public lecture on Arctic Street Art as part of "Subkult2012 - med et strejf af Norden". Various artists from Norway, Greenland, Sweden, Denmark and Finland give their take on contemporary Nordic arts and culture. NOVEMBER THE 3RD, this year!

I'm glad that I can squeeze in the talented Arctic. Very glad about the Iqaluit based NUSCHOOL DESIGN AGENCY giving me the permission to show the spraycan masterpieces from Nunavut (urban centres and hamlets). So, at this venue, you can expect to see both the history of spraycan art in the Arctic and contemporary art interconnecting with community based organisations such as Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit (HFHIQ).

Images Jakub Christensen M. (DK) & John Doe (KN). Layout Journey's end for Moments Like This. Free typeface Quad Ultra by Svetoslav Simov, Font Fabric.


I'm celebrating 12y anniv. with exploring Arctic Street Art by offering guided tour in Nuuk - september 16th or 23rd. I shall announce AND confirm date, time and place through

Following is a rough selection of my collection from Greenland. Don't forget that Nunavut, Nunavik and the rest of the circumpolar region is also skilled. Search my blog by typing e.g. nuschool ...



Unfortunatelly, I´m not able to participate @ The First International Conference on Urbanisation in the Arctic taking place in Nuuk, Greenland, 28-30 August 2012.
For those who care -  here's my contribution to the idea of urbanity in the Arctic.
Keywords: youth, Lefebvre - rhythmanalysis and moments (from the (given) real to the possible), differentiated space, talented Arctic, skills, visions and creativity.

English article from an institutional space in Sisimiut about youth accentuating important aspects of urban self-reflection.

Danish PhD thesis on the topic of Youth and Urbanity in Greenland (in danish with english resumé). One of the few works including a rhythmanalysis, in this case a rhythmanalysis of a skateboarding session and of the thesis' 10 casestudies. Intensity, seen as an essential rhythm of young people’s engagement with urban settings, is argued to affect both the energy and willpower of the young people to the whole community. Finally, there is a particular rhythm found in the data, namely in the youth activities accentuation of how action reinforces the path to success - new openings and opportunities in terms of the future, yet unknown city.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nanowhalers & ... the Father of Dubstep Greenland

Yes, it's out there. Go get it and enjoy.
This is Nanowhalers by Uyarakq

Courtesy of Lu Berthelsen #talentedGreenland

Sunday, August 12, 2012


And here we R - just four month later (see several posts below), the Sisimiut based SKATE FOUNDATION GREENLAND is rapidly taking shape.

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Sisimiut SK8-team & Project CEO Natalia Genét (DK) has joined forces with them British Colombia Canadians Jesse Boswell and Trevor Moncaster: prof. skatepark builders! Building "by the board" since August the 3rd, the Greenland Bowl is def. taking shape. On the side line the artist Steen Olsen (KN) & Mads Pihl (KN); who all sum it up with their photographic works e.g.
Not to forget to mention SANILIN - the local Technical School who by far made it happen in terms of hardware. And I could go on...

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In the headlines sk8 & talented Greenland representative Nukaaka Berthelsen (KN). Apart from being a sk8 instructor, Nukaaka is one the local "maligassaq" - meaning "role model" in greenlandic. He's almost finished his education at RAL - Royal Arctic Line and full of sportsmanship. Gifted, very gifted snowboarder and teacher. If Kaaga from Ilulissat tough me how to stand on a snowboard in 2004, then Nukaaka made me appretiate the whole idea of it + the board in general (during 2006 and 2007). I'm not good, but thanks to him I understand the meaning of it (danish tekst on that topic available here: chapter 5.3 & 5.4).

Many may think of a no-go; imagining a skateboarding fascility in Sisimiut? Actually, yes. It seems to be there! Many did allready before I asked J & N in 2007. As I learned, there was a plan for a skatepark already in 2004 designed by J. So, 8y later, it's happening. Although time is an factor here, don't forget that the municipality and the Technical School always supported the sport. Partners for the NGO SKATEFOUNDATION GREENLAND lists both local, national and international forces. No matter what - this/THE new bowl is a landmark of the local youth linguo. Something I take the liberty to sum with help in the words of a English anthropologist Tim Ingold on "Lines" (2007:170); WHEREVER YOU ARE, THERE'S SOMEWHERE FURTHER U CAN GO.

Nukaaka Berthelsen July 2007 (photo JCM)

Jacob Barselajsen July 2007  (photo JCM)