Sunday, 15 November 2009

Richard Carbonnier (Nunavut, Canada) Arctic Perspective Initiative announces the winners of its open architecture competition

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Date: 2009/11/1
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Arctic Perspective Initiative announces the winners
of its open architecture competition

Three architects – Richard Carbonnier (Nunavut, Canada), Giuseppe
Mecca (Italy), and Catherine Rannou (France) – have been selected as
the joint winners of the Arctic Perspective Initiative open
architecture competition. The challenge of this international
competition was to design a zero-footprint mobile research unit for
use by local populations in the Arctic. The unit is intended to
facilitate a diverse range of technological research opportunities,
such as remote sensing, environmental monitoring, video editing and
streaming, and communications systems.

The three winning entries, each awarded €1500, were selected by an
expert jury from 103 submissions from architects and engineers in
more than 30 countries. The competition was the first phase of a
design process, the next phase of which will involve working with the
winning submissions through a collaborative design effort with local
community members from Nunavut, Canada. A prototype unit will be
tested in the field next year in Igloolik, Nunavut, by local media
workers, hunters, youth and elders of the community.

API is committed to the empowerment and sustainable development of
Northern communities through the collaboration and combination of
science, arts, engineering and culture. The unit aims to serve as a
model for mobile research in the north, incorporating proven local
expertise, sustainable resources, and high tech solutions, while
promoting open source data sharing strategies and management. All
required power will come from green sources.

The Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) is a transnational art,
science, and culture work group composed of HMKV (Germany), The Arts
Catalyst (UK), Projekt Atol (Slovenia), Lorna (Iceland) and C-TASC
(Canada). API is the brainchild of Marko Peljhan and Matthew
Biederman, who met and worked together for the first time as
crewmembers of the Makrolab mkII in Blair Atholl, Scotland in 2002.
API intends to direct attention to the global cultural and ecological
significance of the Polar Regions. In light of the effects of climate
change, the Arctic is simultaneously a zone of crucial contemporary
geopolitical controversy and a space with an opportunity for
transnational, circumpolar, and intercultural cooperation and
collaboration. API aims to do this through the empowerment of the
local citizens of the North via new communications, sensing,
aggregation, transmission and information sharing through
participatory and open technology methodologies.

The design competition is but the first step towards what will
develop, in 2010, into a large-scale (artistic) research project, the
results of which will be documented in the exhibition ARCTIC
PERSPECTIVE – THIRD CULTURE 2010. The exhibition will be on view from
11 June - October 2010 at PHOENIX Halle Dortmund, Germany, during the
European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 as well as the international
media-art conference ISEA2010 RUHR.

ARCTIC PERSPECTIVE – THIRD CULTURE 2010 is funded by the European
Commission, the City of Dortmund and by the Ministry of Culture of
the Republic of Slovenia.

For more information:


Dr. Inke Arns
Kuenstlerische Leiterin / Artistic Director
Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV)
Guentherstr. 65 (Buero / office)
44143 Dortmund, Germany
T ++49 - 231 - 823 106
M ++49 - 176 - 430 627 93

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