Action NOW

    • -Arctic Action 2019 wil be the fifth edition of the Arctic Action Live Performance Art Festival held on Spitsbergen. The festival is an alternative to the traditional live performance art festivals, in the sense that the performances will take place outdoor in the impressive Arctic scenery. Arctic Action wants to give the invited artists the time and possibility to work more profoundly, as to be able to integrate Svalbard’s’ natural landscape and its impressive qualities and singular expressions into their works. In other words to give the artists time and opportunity to create unique and new art works of quality on the same unique level as the environment they will meet. We are now working with the details for the festival and more information will be published from March 2019.


    • -In 2019 we plan to bring performance artists and scientist working with climate change together on a journey. They will spend ten days together, by the foot of a glacier, in an old abandoned Russian coal-mining village and in Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard. They will live and work together and learn from each other, get inspired from each other and develop art works together. We hope that the artists together with the scientists will manage to create artworks that can reflect- and mirror the landscape they are entering and that the works made will encourage the viewers to greater awareness and protection of the Arctic wilderness.
      The climate changes we witness today are visible all over the world, but in the Arctic and on Svalbard the changes are more visible then any other place in the world. It all starts in the Arctic, and what happens here is influencing the rest of planet.

After being together in the wild for six days they will hold a conference in Longyearbyen discussing in an open debate how scientists and artists can work together for better communicating the climate changes and the treat the world is facing. Action is needed today and we cannot wait for the politicians to solve the problems alone. The situation is alarming and we need Action NOW.

We believe that this project will help us establishing a platform for scientist and artists to work together in reducing the speed of climate change. Collaboration will give knowledge and inspiration to the artists, but also provide a new communication channel and possibilities to the scientists sharing their vital information. Often visual communication van tell a lot more then words alone.


The idea of the project is to create a sustainable and innovative event showcasing major international artists representing different tendencies in performance art. In the first edition of the festival we decided to host one artist at the time for between 7 and 10 days. To give time to the artist to come closer to the environment, to better understand it, feel it and work in it. Then we wanted to produce a 7-10 days festival where all artists collectively were invited for a certain period of time. Maybe they will as a group working together better understand the landscape and understand their challenges, how to work with the unique nature and animal life, the stillness and silence conveyed, as well as the societal structure of the small settlements. For the fifth edition of 2019 we will hopefully do both. We have decided to invite a small group of artists and scientists in September. As soon as the artists and scientists have agreed to take part and the budget allows it we will publish it on this web page.


Our objective of Arctic Action is to profile it as an innovative and high quality event of live art on the international contemporary art scene and highlight its natural core themes, the relationship between man and nature and environmental protection.
It is our hope that the art works produced in the exceptional natural environment of Svalbard will stimulate a greater awareness on the fragility of our planet.


The curator of Arctic Action is Svalbard native, Stein Henningsen, who has an extensive network on the international scene of live art. Having been active internationally producing work in Italy, France, China, USA, Canada, Czeck Republic, Ukraine, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Finland and of course Norway, Henningsen has an established position on the contemporary live art scene.
Lena Håkansson, professor at the University in Svalbard and specializing in climate history, is our link to the scientific world.

Our Vision

Arctic Action is a different international live event focusing on the artists working within an ecological approach. Moreover, discussing issues on the relationship of sustainable development and its relation to art, as well as art’s relation to scientific research on the environment.


Through its specific location, Arctic Action will in a natural way and quite probably through the artists work highlight global environmental issues.
Being a protected ecologic zone Svalbard is a natural example of a sustainable future. Most issues related to our planets survival and sustainability is inter-connected with Svalbard in one way or another, exemplified by the Global Seed Vault. A performance art event in this specific location can be exemplary in highlighting these vital issues.
Sometimes an image can speak more than a 1000 words, and we believe that the images created at Arctic Action will do that. Integrating the human action and its surrounding environment. Although the awareness on these global issues for a sustainable future are rising around the world, we believe that Arctic Action through its production of convincing artist images will be able to strengthen and support this development.


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