Technologies of seeing, remote sensing, satellite hoovering. Who’d have thought the far north town of Svalbard would have become such a techno-scape. Mines closed, hand drills and the elaborate overhead shuttle system would be replaced by scientists, students and tourists. Hey, it’s time to get outta town, this frontier like moon base sorta place I heard one of those Future Northers saying. Students all off on a landscape architecture task to draw sections, see the town differently, scaled and spliced up with new eyes.
I am a bio-enhanced, nuclear assisted narwhal. I keep myself busy by observing and exploring the changing landscapes and discourses of the Far North. My long tooth has special properties. It’s an aerial of sorts, able to receive and send information and sense climate conditions and change. I can dive deep and swim great distances. But I am also able to use my special enhanced power to jettison myself out of the water and into the air. Beyond these properties I have developed extra sensory sensitivities that I use to look into the changing landscapes of the future north and the forces of today that may impact on our shared tomorrows.
You might say I am a communicative device, a constructed persona, a mobile apparatus for collaborative communication. A design fiction. Design friction! Read more here to get to know me and how we all need to heed changes in the far north and the ways they are shaped discursively already today. I’ll provide you with links and feeds, and a unique opportunity to travel a part of the globe you may find hard to visit yourself.