NORDTING / The Northern Assembly
- a nomadic people’s parliament of the North
- a party for the periphery
- a separatist movement for 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 the help of marching bands, stockfish, Powerpoint and political analysis, 32 people´s assemblies have been held. Tonnes of t-shirts have been sold. Gallons of vodka have been drunk. Songs have been sung, prayers have been made and people have voted for independence of the North - time and time again. The North is an area with classical colonial traits. Political and economic power is located far away, always in the south. The economic and developmental discourse is describing the land as an ´arctic frontiér´; 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 possibilities for conquerers and investors. It is time for the people of the North to fight back.
With this first visit to Finland, The Northern Assembly is entering the next step in the battle for a pan-arctic ideology. Is the Arctic Arts Summit ready for a United North? Rovaniemi 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 Rovaniemi is lead by Amund Sjølie Sveen, with the assistance of Erik Stifjell and Liv Hanne Haugen.