2013 – 2018: Frontiers in Retreat

Frontiers in Retreat was a five-year collaboration project that fostered multidisciplinary dialogue on ecological questions within a European network involving artist residencies, art and education organisations, artists, experts in various disciplines as well as diverse audiences. The aim of the project was to broaden the understanding of global ecological changes and their local impacts on European natural environments by means of contemporary artistic practices and through a multidisciplinary approach.

Twenty-five artists were invited from across Europe for research residencies in the residency centres run by the partners of the project. Their sites, recognised as frontiers, are approached as resonant of the entwined geopolitical and socio-economic processes. During the project, the artists moved within the residency network, researched the particular ecological contexts of the sites, initiated knowledge exchange between diverse disciplines in incubator workshops, and developed new artworks.

Frontiers in Retreat residency activities started in the spring of 2014. The research processes and activities at each residency location are documented and communicated on the official website connecting the sites with each other as well as with different audiences.The website also contains further information about the artists and partner organisations.

SSW FiR Artists and Projects
Scottish Sculpture Workshop has facilitated research and production residencies for six artists.  These artists are Brett BloomSylvia Grace BordaFernando Garcia-DoryCarl GiffneyMari Keski-Korsu and Simon Yuill. During the course of FiR, SSW worked closely with each of these artists to support and develop their individual projects.

Frontiers in Retreat Partners:
Scottish Sculpture Workshop – SSW, Scotland, UK

Mustarinda, Finland

Interdisciplinary Art Group SERDE, Latvia

Cultural Front – GRAD, Serbia

Centre d’Art i Natura de Farrera, Spain

Skaftfell – Center for Visual Art, Iceland

Jutempus, Lithuania

Frontiers in Retreat

FiR Booklet
This booklet offers an insight into the multidisciplinary project on art and ecology, Frontiers in Retreat (2013–2018). The booklet contains photos of the participating artists’ projects, introduces the partner organisations, and features two texts by Jenni Nurmenniemi, the curator of the project (HIAP; Frontiers in Retreat) about the project and the multipolar exhibition series ‘Edge Effects’ (Jun–Dec 2017). This booklet is also available in print at each Edge Effects exhibition site.
Editors: Salla Lahtinen & Jenni Nurmenniemi (HIAP)
Design: NODE Berlin Oslo

Digitally download the booklet: here

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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