Relate North: Beyond Borders

13 - 17 November 2023
Umeå University
Relate North: Beyond Borders Conference at Umeå University, 2023

The Arctic Sustainable Art & Design (ASAD) 2023 conference ‘Relate North: Beyond Borders’ is hosted by the Department of Creative Studies and UmArts 13 – 17 November 2023. The conference will take place at the Department of Creative Studies (Teacher Education building) on the main campus for most of the week, except for Wednesday 15 November when activities will take place on the Arts Campus at the UmArts Research Studio, Umeå School of Architecture and Bildmuseet.

Conference participants have been invited to bring their arts research projects for discussion with their peers in the UmArts Research Studio. The artworks reflect the themes of the conference, exploring the complex interplay of constraints and creativity, examining how geographical, cultural, and ideological boundaries shape and are reshaped by human experience. Developed in the context of the Arctic and circumpolar north, the artworks challenge and redefine the barriers that govern our lives. In a world fraught with political and environmental tensions, these artistic works stand as testaments to resilience and the enduring human spirit to transcend divisions.