The meeting will gather artists and scientists to create a platform for a critical dialog on “The three economies” of the ocean: food, transport, and the extraction of raw materials as well as their impact on the level of ethics, aesthetics and environment.

In tune with LIAF 2017’s sci-fi thinking the participants will imagine the gathering to take place on a point in time approximately 50 years from now. The goal of the meeting is to initiate the drafting of a protocol that outlines some of the fundamental values and principles, responsibilities and collaborations that will have emerged oout of a then-already-past exploration and exploitation of ocean space.

The Henningsvær Charter is organized in collaboration with: TBA21– Academy, an itinerant site of cultural production and interdisciplinary research on the oceans and Trondheim Academy of Fine Art and the Strategic Research Area Oceans at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Public sessions

(Free and open for all)

17:00 – 19:00: Drafting of the Charter Session 1


14:00 – 16:00: Drafting of the Charter Session 2
16:00 – 17:00: Break
17:00 – 18:00: Finalizing of the charter
18:30 – 20:00: Artistic excerpts

Conversation between Berit KristoffersenLone Nikolaisen and Philip Steinberg
The Lofoten Archipelago is both a series of islands in the sea and a sea of islands. What does this entail for how we encounter these seascapes as material and social spaces? And how can we move beyond re-presentations of these seascapes and instead consider how physical qualities can be maintained into the future? These are questions taken up in the early evening conversation between Lone Nikolaisen (historian and fisher from Røst, Lofoten), Phil Steinberg (professor of political geography and ocean scholar from Durham Unversity) and Berit Kristoffersen (petroleum policy expert and political geographer at University of Tromsø, based in Lofoten). The conversation will explore ways in which writing, film-making, activism, and everyday livelihoods can be merged to foster a sensibility of ocean spaces.

Excerpts of works by artists Jana WinderenSusanne Winterling and Lisa Rave followed by a conversation with curators Heidi Ballet (LIAF 2017) and Stefanie Hessler (TBA21)


Håkon With Andersen
Andersen is professor at Department of Historical Studies (NTNU) and former elected dean of Faculty of Arts (NTNU). He has been project leader for “Managing risk – Ship classification and risks at sea” and project leader for the project “3ROceans – The high seas and the deep oceans: Representations, resources and regulatory governance”. “3ROceans” seeks to chart and analyze how cultural conditions underpin the use of the oceans and to investigate the relationships between the representations, resources and regulations of the high seas and the deep oceans. They approach this through an interdisciplinary effort that links the studies of aesthetical formations with their concomitant implications for legal and regulatory development across historical time and space.

Jennifer Leigh Bailey
Bailey is professor of Political Science at the Department of Sociology and Political Science (NTNU). She is currently a work package leader for the 7FP EU project OCEAN CERTAIN and NFR Project SUSTAIN-FISH, and a research participant in NFR Project CHASES. She was previously project leader for NFR project CINTERA (A Cross-disciplinary>Integrated Eco-Systemic Eurtophication Research and Management Approach), NFR Project JANUS (Modeling an Interdisciplinary Early Warning System for Future Fisheries Scenarios: A socio-bio-economic value chain) and a participant in EU project MYFISH. She long participated in NTNU’s Marine Strategic Area and is now working with NTNU’s Sustainability Strategic Area. She is also a member of the International Council for Exploration of the Seas’ Working Group for Marine Systems (WGMARS).

Heidi Ballet
Ballet is an independent curator based in Berlin and Brussels. She co-curated the Lofoten International Art Festival I Taste the Future (2017) and currently is curating the 2018 Beaufort Triennial in Ostend, Belgium. In 2016 she curated the Satellite exhibition series Our Ocean, Your Horizon co-produced by Jeu de Paume Paris and CAPC Bordeaux with artists Edgardo Aragon, Guan Xiao, Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin and Basim Magdy, and the group exhibition The Morality Reflex at Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius. Between 2013 and 2015 she worked as a research curator for the exhibition After Year Zero that was presented at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin (2013) and the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (2015). She was the assistant curator of the 2012 Taipei Biennial.

Terje Finstad
Finstad is a researcher in science and technology studies (STS) at Department for interdisciplinary studies of culture, NTNU. Previously he has written about the history of the frozen food chain, a large technical infrastructure connecting, and changing, fisheries, retail and households, and the use of biotechnology in aquaculture and salmon breeding. Currently, he is working on the history of microbes (both land based and marine) and how the domestication of the creatures of the ocean has affected human societies and imaginaries and vice versa.

Stefanie Hessler
Hessler is a curator and writer from Germany. She is the co-founder of the art space Andquestionmark in Stockholm, Sweden (with Carsten Höller). Recent curated exhibitions include Tidalectics at TBA21 –Augarten in Vienna, Austria (2017), Sugar and Speed at the Museum of Modern Art in Recife, Brazil (2017), the 8th Momentum Biennial in Moss, Norway (2015), and Outside at Index and Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2014). In 2016, Hessler co-edited the anthology Life Itself with more than 170 texts on the question of what life essentially is for the Moderna Museet Stockholm. She is curator of the Thyssen–Bornemisza Art Contemporary–Academy in Vienna, a fellowship programme on a research vessel investigating human impact on the oceans. Currently, Hessler is editing the publication Tidalectics, which will be published by MIT Press in spring 2018.

Milena Hoegsberg
Hoegsberg is Senior Curator at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK), Oslo, where she was Head of the Curatorial Department and Chief Curator between August 2011 and March 2016. She is co-curating the Lofoten International Art Festival I Taste the Future (2017) together with Heidi Ballet. She recently co-curated the group exhibition Myths of the Marble with Alex Klein (co-organized by HOK and ICA, Philadelphia), which considers how the “virtual” has been engaged by a varied group of contemporary artists as a way to image and imagine the world. The group exhibition will be accompanied by a critical reader, published by Sternberg Press (June 2017). She’s curated solo projects with works by Torbjørn Rødland, Lea Porsager, Pia Rönicke, Ann Cathrin November Høibo and Omer Fast, and the group exhibition Arbeidstid, accompanied by the publication Living Labor (2013). Hoegsberg has edited publications such as Josef Albers: No tricks no twinkling of the eyes (2014), Bauhaus in Norwegian (2014) and Shaped by Time (2012). At HOK, she initiated the three-year exhibition archive project A Pendaflex for the Future, a curatorial residency with the aim to produce writing on historical exhibitions and new curatorial knowledge.

Kriss Rokkan Iversen
Iversen is a marine ecologist and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Lofoten, Iversen early grew a passion for the marine environment, resulting in a PhD in marine system ecology, studying the microbial food web in a changing Arctic Ocean (University of Tromsø, 2011). To be able to live in Lofoten and still use their marine competence, Iversen and Kjersti Busch (PhD aquaculture) established SALT (Salt Lofoten AS, in 2010, together with Akvaplan-niva AS. SALT currently has 16 employees with competence ranging from marine biology to public law, constituting a knowledge gradient from the marine resource fundament to sustainable development of coastal industries and communities. SALT is neutral in all resource debates, based on the ambition to provide objective knowledge to the decision-making process. Sustainable management of marine resources, redesigning scientific knowledge and methods for solutions on marine litter and making science available for children, general public and stakeholders through a broad set of tools, are some of the current focal points of SALT’s projects. Iversen and Busch have received several awards for their entrepreneurial work, including being announced as the “Female Entrepreneurs of the year” by Innovation Norway in 2014.

Jeremy Jackson
Jackson is professor of Oceanography Emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution. He studies the threats and solutions to human impacts on the oceans and the ecology and evolution of tropical seas. Jackson is the author of 160 scientific publications and eleven books. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received numerous international prizes and awards including the BBVA International Prize in Ecology and Conservation, The Paleontological Medal, and the Darwin Medal of the International Society for Reef Studies. Jackson’s work on the collapse of coastal ecosystems was chosen by Discover magazine as the outstanding scientific achievement of 2001. His most recent book is Shifting Baselines: The Past and Future of Ocean Fisheries.

Geir Johnsen
Johnsen is professor in marine biology at the Centre of Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS) at Department of Biology (NTNU), Prof II at University Centre on Svalbard (UNIS), and is one of the founding partners in a NTNU spin-off company Ecotone using new optical techniques for mapping and monitoring the marine environment. Johnsen’s research areas are marine ecology and biodiversity, bio-optics, photosynthesis, pigment chemotaxonomy, underwater robotics and sensor development for in situ identification, and mapping and monitoring of bio-geo-chemical objects of interest in the marine environment. He has published more than 115 papers in international scientific journals and been a co-editor for the books: Ecosystem Barents Sea (Tapir Academic Press) Phytoplankton pigments: Updates on Characterization, Chemotaxonomy and Applications in Oceanography (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Berit Kristoffersen
Kristoffersen is a political geographer based in Lofoten, working as an associate professor at UiT-the Arctic University of Norway. Her PhD-thesis Drilling oil into Arctic minds? State security, industry consensus and local contestation (2014) analyzed territorial, political and representational strategies in opening up of the Norwegian Arctic for oil and gas activities. Her publications focuses on geographies of climate change, oil and gas, state space and environmental ocean governance. She is currently working on developing analysis on supply-side climate policy as well as practices of ocean policy in dynamic ecologies such as ice zone in the Barents Sea.

Maxime Lesage
Currently PhD candidate at the NTNU within the Institute for Geoscience and Petroleum. From 2007 to 2016, he has been a project engineer, senior consultant and offshore company representative for companies as Subsea 7, Technip Norway and Aker BP (ex-Det Norske). He was involved in large scale Oil and Gas projects for operators such as Total, Exxon Mobile, Statoil or Marathon. Being both at sea and on land, he developed a technical expertise within the field of marine operations, underwater operations, pumping and project and operations management. From 2017, his research works lead towards deep-sea mining systems and feasibility. His research are conducted as part of the MarMine project, which consists of an academia and industry consortium investigating deep-sea mining activities in the Norwegian environment. He is also part of the “Deep-sea Mining Pilot”, which endeavor giving recommendation for a future pilot project at NTNU.

Astrida Neimanis Neimanis is a writer, teacher, and collaborator. She is currently a Lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her work is primarily interested in water as a site of damage, desire, fear and fecundity; as an idea and imaginary, but also as environment and embodied place. Her preferred tactic is bringing feminist and queer theories to explore (and explode) environmental questions. Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology (2017) is her most recent book. She is also co-editor of Thinking with Water (2013) and has written extensively for scholarly journals, books, art publications and projects, and public events. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for Environmental Humanities and is a Scientific Director with The Seed Box (Sweden). She was born and raised in the Great Lakes-St Lawrence watershed (Canada/Turtle Island), but has also lived and worked in and around the Bay of Riga and the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the River Thames, and now the great big Pacific. Other projects include Hacking the Anthropocene! and COMPOSTING feminisms and the environmental humanities. She also thinks a lot about the weather.

Lone Nikolaisen
Nikolaisen is a historian living in Røst, Lofoten, working as a commercial fisherman on several different boats, including her own. She is in the board of the local fishermen’s union and constantly looking into other sustainable marine ventures. This has for instance brought her Alaska to take part in the wild harvest of Pacific Salmon.

Yngvar Olsen
Olsen is professor at Department of Biology (NTNU) and project manager for the cross-disciplinary project “Ocean Certain”. Olsen is also Specialty Chief Editor for Marine Fisheries, Aquaculture and Living Resources, Frontiers in Marine Science. The research activities of Yngvar Olsen have basically been related to different aspects of nutrition of plankton organisms, the first 10 years in freshwater and later on in marine coastal water. Early work involved studies of uptake and use of mineral nutrient in phytoplankton and food intake and allocation in zooplankton. Later work includes more integrated ecological studies of planktonic food webs with a focus on the important functional plankton groups and their trophic interactions in coastal waters.

Lisa Rave
Rave lives and works in Berlin. She studied experimental film at the University of the Arts Berlin and photography at Bard College, New York. She has since participated in numerous international art exhibitions and conferences. Lisa Rave has recently been a fellow of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Academy (TBA21) in 2017 and a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart 2014/2015. Her essayistic work often investigates issues surrounding postcolonialism, science and history’s repeating patterns in the complex interplay of culture, economy and ecology.

Markus Reymann
Reymann was trained as an actor and successfully performed on screen and on stage for many years, and in major productions. He joined Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) in 2011. With TBA21 Chairperson and Founder Francesca Habsburg, he co-founded TBA21 Academy where he subsequently took on the role of a director. As a central programming unit of TBA21, the Academy provides a moving platform of cultural production and interdisciplinary exchange within TBA21. Between July, 2011 and today, Markus Reymann initiated and conducted numerous expeditions. Each trip is designed as a collaboration with invited artists, scientists and thinker’s eager to embark on oceanic explorations. Inspired by this unusual encounter with both human and natural elements, the Academy commissions ambitious projects informed by the itinerary of the research vessel Dardanella. In December 2015 at COP21 Markus Reymann announced TBA21-Academy’s latest program “The Current”. “The Current” is the exploratory soul of TBA21. It was conceived to raise awareness for today’s most urgent ecological, social, and economic issues. Through its expeditions on sea and land, “The Current” seeks to redefine the culture of exploration and discovery in the 21st century.

Ingrid Schjølberg
Schjølberg is Vice Dean for research and innovation at the Faculty of Engineering. She is professor in Marine Technology and director of NTNU Oceans. Schjølberg’s research activities focuses on autonomy and automation in ocean space, oil and gas, aquaculture, manufacturing and hydrogen production.

Florian Schneider
Schneider is Head of Department at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art within the Faculty of Architecture and Design (NTNU). Schneider is a filmmaker, writer, and curator. His work is investigating the border crossings between mainstream and independent media, art theory and open source technology, documentary practices and unconventional forms of curating. Since 2014 he has been running the artistic research project “Divisions” that sets out to investigate self-images and self-conceptions of artists in a post-industrial society that is characterized by hybrid divisions of labor.

Philip Steinberg
Steinberg is professor of Political Geography at Durham University, where he directs IBRU: the Centre for Borders Research and edits the journal Political Geography. He is the author or editor of six books including The Social Construction of the Ocean (Cambridge, 2001), What Is a City? Rethinking the Urban after Hurricane Katrina (Georgia, 2008), Managing the Infosphere: Governance, Technology, and Cultural Practice in Motion (Temple, 2008), and Contesting the Arctic: Politics and Imaginaries in the Circumpolar North (I.B. Tauris, 2015), as well as articles in venues ranging from art to international law. His current research focuses on the regulatory and representational challenges posed by the marginal ice zone – the ecologically important zone where frozen and liquid oceans meet.

Jana Winderen
Winderen is an artist educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, and with a background in mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology from the University in Oslo. She is currently (until 14 October 2017) exhibiting a 10 channel sound installation, Rats – secret soundscapes of the city commissioned by the Munch museum/NyMusikk in collaboration with the Ultimafestival in Oslo (2017), and bára commissiond by TBA21 Academy for the exhibition Tidalectics in Vienna (until 19 November 2017).

Susanne M. Winterling
Winterling is an artist based in Berlin and Oslo and professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Winterling’s work is informed by her interest in philosophy, artificial intelligence, and ecofeminism. Her work has recently be shown in exhibitions as Myths of the Marble (2017) at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo and Tidalectics (2017) by TBA-Academy in Vienna. Winterling’s installation Glistening Troubles (2016) resulted from the artist’s residency at the TBA21 Alligator Head Foundation in Jamaica. The work investigates the bioluminescence of dinoflagellate algae as indicators for the health of coastal waters with toxic potential.

The Henningsvær Charter has received support from The Research Council of Norway, The Cultural Business Development Foundation, SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge and the Fritt Ord Foundation