// Putting on different kinds of hats
// Reorientation - putting on different kinds of hats During our DAV week with Ande Somby in the Lavo outside of BAS he told us about Sami traditions. One of them is the dear respect Sami people have for all living things and nature. While we were prepering a traditional Sami meal of reindeer meet and Gumpposat made from reindeer blood and meal, Ande told us about how they use all the materials that the reindeer has to offer. Every single part of the animal’s body has a purpose and the meet and the blood is food for the family. When they gather around the fire in the Lavo and eat the meal, they eat every piece of meet and fat that is on the bones. Nothing gets left behind. Then they take the bones, the only thing that is left of the reindeer and arrange them together to form its original structure and give that part of the animal back to nature by burying the bones. The reindeer gave up its most valuable thing, it’s life, and they honor that with this ritual. I find this a very beautiful and an exemplary way of thinking and this shows how conscious the Sami people are about what is around them and how to use their resources in the most eﬃcient way, with respect and conscience.
The materials that are extracted from the ground in the resource extraction industries are valuable to all living things in the ecosystem and it matters how it’s done. We should be conscious of that and treat the nature and ecosystem with respect. I’m not saying that resource extraction industries should not exsist and we should shut them down. We could not do that in the society we live in today. We are used too being able to drive, ﬂy and travel around, having computers and TVs. Industry is necessary in today’s society and we require industry for our every day living habits. But what can we do then? How can we change and do things with such a respect and conscience like the Sami people do? By looking at the big picture, the whole spectrum of interaction and make them all equal in weight by meeting at a leveled ground? It’s definitely important to learn from previous mistakes and failures, look at every single aspect and see how it’s possible to take or do one thing and what can be given back with respect to all factors that are involved. The Contradictory landscape I’ve been researching in Nikel is a huge example of how things have been done without respect and conscience. But this research and mapping have also let into light that this landscape around Nikel is equally important as Oslo centrum, Rome or the desert in Egypt. But many people are not aware of these Contradictory landscapes, or they don’t care about these places up north where the sun does not shine in the winter. Why don’t they care about the way the ecosystem is treated? Is it because of a lack of knowledge or awareness? Would people care more if the resource extraction industry would be placed in the centrum of Oslo? Would people be able to consider every aspect of the situation with openness and different kinds of hats on their head to see it from different angles and point of view? Would they have more respect for all the factors that are involved?
// Hanging up notice in Karl Johans gate Intervention in Karl Johans gate where a huge banner of the scar that the mining in BjĂ¸rnevatn have led to is placed. - Would people be able to consider every aspect of the situation with openness and different kind of hats on their head to see it from different angles and point of view if this was the situation?
- If not here, why there?
- How would we feel if this was the view we had when we were walking down Karl Johans gate?
// Filling up with waste from industries in the cityes Intervention in the city by filling inbetween spaces and pathways with waste from the mining industries. Would this make people more open for discussion of how the landscape we live in is treated?
- Would people care more and be more aware of whatâ€™s happening in the mining idustry if the the waste from the industies would be put between houses in the city landscape?
- Would this intervention make people loo at things from different angles and point view?
// Putting up direction signs for mining industries in the cityes Intervention in the city by putting up direction signs in the city. Make signs with the names where the resource extraction industries are placed in Norway and other places in the world, like Nikel. Shows the direction and distance to the indstrual places it point to.
- What if the distance is made wrong? Th sign shows that BjĂ¸rnevatn is in the north direction but just 50m away.
- Would people care more if the resource extraction industry would be placed in the centrum of Oslo, Bergen of Trondheim?
Published on Jan 18, 2012
The Contradictory landscape I’ve been researching in Nikel is a huge example of how things have been done without respect and conscience. Bu...