NORDTING Boden 2018
14. november 2018 14:00 - 15:30
NORDTING / The Northern Assembly
– a nomadic people’s parliament of the North
– a party for the periphery
– a separatist movement from the Arctic colony.
With an ambition to question and change both the present narrative of the North and the power regime of the North, The Northern Assembly has the last years traveled extensively in the arctic region with its marching bands, stockfish, power point and political analysis. 32 people´s assemblies have been held, tonnes of t-shirts have been sold and gallons of vodka have been drunk. Songs have been sung, prayers have been made and people have voted for independence for the North – time and time again.
The North, the Barents region, is a land with classical colonial traits: Political and economic power is located far away, always in the south, and the economic and developmental discourse is describing the land as an ´arctic froniér´; an area between the civilization – which is behind you – and the unknown – which is in front of you; a liminal zone, a tabula rasa, a land of resources, a land of possibilities for the conquerer and investor. It is time for the people of the North fight back. It is time to take control of the fish, it is time to take control of the land.
With this first visit to Sweden, The Northern Assembly is entering the next step in the battle for a United North. What will the people of northern Sweden say to the proposal of establishing a United Barents Union? Are they ready to see arctic Russia as a friend? Are they ready to cut the ties to the bourgeoisie of Stockholm?
There is no better place to continue this work than in Boden; a city build in one part on arctic cooperation and the transport of iron ore between Kiruna and Narvik, and on the other hand build to keep the North divided through defending the swedes from Russia (Soviet), as the military hub of northern Sweden. Boden is yet another arctic hotspot that allows us to investigate the living paradoxes of the North – and a perfect site for a NORDTING.
The assembly in Boden is lead by Amund Sjølie Sveen, with the assistance of Erik Stifjell and Maya Mi Samuelsen.