The Kelp Congress – a book
“The Kelp Congress” is a book edited by Hilde Methi, Neal Cahoon og Annette Wolfsberger that grew out of the event of the same name and was part of LIAF 2019. Read more about the book and how to order.
Assembled from a collection of international and multispecies perspectives, The Kelp Congress is a gathering of artworks, essays, photographs, poems, stories, and other writings that contribute to the recent interest in kelp and seaweed within contemporary art and thinking. The book forages for the insights that emerge through spending time together with these ecologies, revealing their inherent and entangled values.
Some of the contributions in the collection were embedded within the week-long event The Kelp Congress during the 2019 edition of the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF 2019), some grew out from these settings and experiences, and others revealed themselves within related or connected contexts. The book covers a range of approaches for ‘thinking through’ and working with kelp and seaweed in ways that are contra to extractivist mentalities, and the treatment of macroalgae as a resource to be exploited by humans. By striking a balance between play, discovery, concern, and care, the book invites curious and interested readers to consider companionships and collaborations with the living materials of these other-than-human-communities, and to examine the cultural, narrative, and artistic properties that connect us to these special lifeforms.
Contributions by: Aoife Casby · Devil’s Apron · Robin Everett ·Tiina Arjukka Hirvonen · Janna Holmstedt · Øyvind Novak Jenssen · Signe Johannessen · Signe Lidén · Julia Lohmann · Janice McEwen · Arjen Mulder · Astrida Neimanis · Michael Pantalos · Julia Parks · Viktor Pedersen · Marietta Radomska · Francisco Trento · Danni Zuvela · Cecilia Åsberg
Edited by Hilde Methi, Neal Cahoon and Annette Wolfsberger
Design: Solleveld & Toim
Photography by Kari Finstad, Michael Miller, and Kjell Ove Storvik.
Published by North Norwegian Art Centre
Available for order on e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Price: 200 NOK, plus shipping. The book is available in English and Norwegian.