LIAF 2017 proposes speculations about the future of the Lofoten archipelago and its surrounding sea. Situated 150 years from now, the biennial draws on science fiction as a model for thinking about far- off futures. Titled I Taste the Future, the biennial is rooted in Henningsvær, a village with 460 inhabitants. Historically Henningsvær was the most important fishing village in what still remains one of the world’s largest seasonal fisheries, known primarily for the cod that has been coming to spawn in Lofoten for centuries.
The consequences of climate change and off-shore drilling in relation to Lofoten’s fishing industry and ecology will be addressed through a month-long talk program and a series of performative works that offer an expansive scope of possibilities. From a global perspective, the ocean’s status as a space owned by everyone and no-one is under pressure due to growing interest in its resources. Lofoten is no exception. LIAF 2017 will look at the complex territory of the sea as a space of possibility and connectivity in considering how artists rethink notions of “belonging” and “owning” as well as territorial identity and responsibility. Rather than attempt to make predictions, LIAF 2017 aims to explore how art can open up a space for new modes of knowing, needed to think and create the future.