Globus artikel

"We are very pleased and impressed by the great interest we have experienced in the Globus programme from different parts of the world. The large number of qualified applications reflects the need for new types of artistic and cultural collaborations and networks that seek new perspectives and develop dialogue across different contexts. The programme also demonstrates the importance of supporting international artistic and cultural collaborations in a reality that is increasingly complex and characterized by global processes and upheavals," says Benny Marcel, Director of Nordic Culture Fund.  

The 14 selected projects cover a wide range of different initiatives in several artistic and cultural fields. Through collaborations in the projects, the Nordic region is involved in global networks, creating connections between actors from different parts of the world. The programme focuses in particular on initiatives that work with experimental processes and methods, and several of the projects combine interdisciplinary artistic and creative methods with scientific and philosophical approaches. Social and environmental justice, equality, the transformation of the artic environment and other urgent agendas are subjects of interest in many of proposals. 

Insights from an international panel of experts   
The Fund has worked with an international group of experts in the programme, who have also participated in the evaluation of the applications received. In 2022, the group consisted of Jimena Lara (MX), Director of Anglo Arts, Anglo Mexican Foundation, Pooja Sood (IN), Director of Khoj International Artists' Association in India and Camilla Mordhorst, Director of the Danish Cultural Institute.    

"It is always exciting to see how a new programme is received. We have been overwhelmed by the number of applications and the quality. They reflect the fact that many artists work in international networks addressing global themes in their work. One of the programme's strengths is that it encourages artistic and cultural projects that work across borders and genres, and that it connects individual artists and cultural institutions. The programme relates the Nordic to the global scene and shows how the interaction between the Nordic and the global not only brings new perspectives, but also forges really good art projects”, the group says.  

Focus on networking and knowledge 
 
Globus Call is the latest element in the Nordic Culture Fund's overall Globus initiative. The aim of the programme is to give artists and cultural actors new opportunities to engage in transnational and long-term collaborations and networks that extend beyond the Nordic region. The programme can be applied for annually an the next round of applications will be announced in spring 2023.  

As part of Globus, the Fund will eventually facilitate a network across the projects that have received support through the programme. This will include the development of structures and online forums for further knowledge exchange across the partners involved and between individual projects and the Fund.   

“We very much look forward to following the projects' further journey. This will also give us the opportunity to explore how a new form of Nordic relevance can emerge in collaboration with several global projects that involve the Nordic region in their work in different ways. The aim is to develop a new platform for projects that share the ambition of a global artistic practice”, says Anni Syrjäläinen, Senior Advisor and Project Manager of the Globus programme. 


Overview of projects supported in the first application round of Globus Gall:  

Amplifying Heritage: Exploring local artistic and educational opportunities of heritage through a global perspective – af Kansanmusiikki-instituutti ry  
Collaboration and participation from Nepal, Mauritius and Finland
About the project:
The project is a collaboration between Mauritius, Finland and Nepal, supporting and strengthening local and traditional musical practices. Through new ways of formal and informal education, the project will engage local youth in their musical heritage to ensure that traditions live on in the next generation.


An Urgent Situation del 2 – af Praksis Oslo
 
Collaboration and participation from Norway, Malaysia, Indonesia and Zambia
About the project:
Through a residency programme, a global network, a publication and a seminar, An Urgent Situation part 2 will explore how artists, architects and other creative actors can play a key role in the development of a new kind of tourism industry, that is centered around the environment, sustainability and respect for local communities.


Exploring Global Digital Infrastructures and New Business Models for Contemporary Performance – af Sirkus- ja teatteriyhdistys Lumous (Lumo Company) 
 
Collaboration and participation from UK, Latvia and Finland
About the project:
In a research collaboration with the University of Nottingham, the project will explore new digital business models and global infrastructures for performance artists. The main focus of the project is to explore the possibilities and potential of digitality for performance art.


Ghost Agency: Women's Rights in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism – af Gro Sarauw m.fl.
 
Collaboration and participation from Mexico, USA, Denmark and Norway.  
About the project:
The project is a partnership between Mexico, Denmark and Norway that aims to create a safe digital platform for women affected by violence through artistic practice and research on cyber security. Using Mexico as a case, the project explores how the country's predominantly patriarchal culture permeates online communication, while also exploring ways for women affected by violence to navigate anonymously and safely online.


Interdependent Intersections – af Amble Skuse 
 
Collaboration and participation from UK, Serbia, Hungary, Sweden and Denmark
About the project:
Interdependent Intersections is a project that explores the areas where technology and human life . Through sound and video art as well as body sensors, the project explores how technology creates possibilities for bodies with disabilities, and how technology may help redefine perceptions of the normative body in the future.


Now Soon Over – af CCA Berlin gGmbH 
 
Collaboration and participation from Hongkong, Nigeria, Brasil, UK, Germany and Sweden
About the project:
Now Soon Over is an international collaboration between art centers in Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Nigeria and the UK, which aims to create a network between newly established art institutions. The network will promote the exchange of experience and art across the next generation of artistic institutions.


PACE-Nordic: The Pan-African Creative Exchange Nordic Connection – af Pan-African Creative Exchange 
 
Collaboration and participation from South Africa, UK, USA, Australia, Holland, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland
About the project:
A long-term networking and exchange programme between artists and cultural operators from the North and the African continent. With new connections and collaborations across geographies, the project will help influence cultural representation on world art scenes.


Reparative Encounters: a transcontinental network for artistic research and reparative practices – af Daniela Agostinho m.fl.
 
Collaboration and participation from American Virgin Islands, Ghana, Greenland and Denmark
About the project:
The project is a transcontinental collaboration between Denmark, the US Virgin Islands, Ghana and Greenland. Based in the North, the project will create new knowledge flows between South and North, which will eventually cement themselves as long-term artistic networks.


ROTULAMA: revitalizing independent shops in the midst of gentrification – af Super Eclectic 
 
Collaboration and participation from Taiwan, Portugal and Finland  
About the project:
The ROTULAMA project will empower small, independent shopkeepers in the fight against gentrification. Working with shop owners, the project will create site-specific artworks that will revitalize the visual identity of shops, raise awareness of gentrification and tell the stories of independent shops. 


Seeds for Solidarity: Advancing climate justice through cross-cultural creative collaborations – af Punos Taide & Tutkimus
 
Collaboration and participation from Finland, Sápmi, Taiwan, New Zealand and whole Latin America.  
About the project: Seeds for Solidarity is a project that will advance climate justice by supporting arts and cultural projects that challenge Western practices and knowledge.

Sensorium – Voice Beyond Language – af Enactlab  
Collaboration and participation from USA, Denmark and Sourh Africa
About the project: In a fusion of art, technology and co-creation processes, SENSORIUM explores how the voice is a central artistic, physical, social and democratic tool. The project will investigate how the voice can be expressed in new artistic and authentic ways.

Simia – Platform for Research and Practice – af Mandus Ridefelt  
Collaboration and participation from Egypt, Jordan, Singapore, China, Turkey and Denmark
About the project:
The project will create a platform for research and cultural production that has technopolitics at its core. The project addresses themes such as the mediation of dissent, surveillance economies and the movement of people, information and energy across geopolitical contexts.


The Wedding – af Blaagard Teater
 
Collaboration and participation from Libanon and Denmark  
About the project: The Wedding is a play, whose idea was born out of a collaboration between two theatres, two cities and two communities: the Blågårds Theater in Copenhagen and the Theater of the Women of the Camp in the Borj el Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut. Together, the theaters will produce a play intending to break down the barriers between the refugee camp and the rest of the world and create understanding between different cultures.


Unfolding the Universe – af Tenthaus 
 
Collaboration and participation from Taiwan, Latvia, Indonesia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Zambia, Colombia, USA, UK, Denmark and Norway 
About the project:
Unfolding the Universe is a broad international collaboration with partners from across five continents. The project's main focus is the biennial's beneficial role in strengthening and expanding existing artistic networks.