Hellsegga Talks

Bâtiment d’art contemporain, Geneva, 2015

Can the maelström help us to experiment new forms of assemblies around shared issues? Initiated for the exhibition La Bête et l’adversité, «Hellsegga Talks» intended to pursue the investigation in the context of the exhibition itself, with an installation meant to be activated by a series of public discussions. This installation included a computer model of the maelström, a detailed scheme of Edgar Poe’s tale, as well as an edition gathering selected testimonies from the investigation.

Within this framework, several guests were invited to interact with the repertoire of narratives and testimonies, as well as to share their own experience in terms of environmental perception and adaptation. Martin Beniston, climatologist and director of the Institute for environmental sciences; Chaïm Nissim, eco-activist and co-founder of association Noé 21; Hannah Entwisle, research officer at the Nansen Initiative, and Gene Ray, theoretician and professor at HEAD, took part to this talk moderated by Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro, curator of projects related to ecological emergencies.

This event built from the specific situation at the beginning of Edgar Poe’s tale: on the top of mount Hellsegga, in the Lofoten archipelago (North Norway), where the fisherman has guided the narrator to show him the maelström and then tell about his own experience. Establishing the proper conditions of vision and knowledge transmission, in order to grasp phenomenons which often appear as overwhelming due to their complexity and magnitude: this was one of the main issues to be addressed in the debate.

Photos: Dylan Perrenoud [DP] & Maria Trofimova [MT]