Ville, Vakre Vega
Let's loosly translate that title into wildly beautiful Vega. We're talking about Vegaøyan - The Vega Archipelago in the northern part of Norway, just south of the Arctic Circle. After being inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Natural and Cultural Heritage in 2004, a World Heritage Centre is being built at Vegaøyan. And guess what? We are developing the concept and design for the main exhibition!
Being part of Emergence and having access to the large network of extremely talented people, we believe we can do (almost) anything. We also believe we shouldn't be doing this (big, important, exciting) project alone, so we teamed up with a few good people that are experts in their field:
Vidar Grande is the Sound Designer about to make Vegaøyan sound awesome, Eivind Lindbråten from Ways is the tech + programming genious and Benny Lund (Kunstverker) is the guy who makes sure the exhibition is actually possible to build. Last, but not least, we have Ida Skjefstad: born and raised at Vegaøyan, talented Experience Designer AND Emergence-graduate. She couldn't be more perfect for the job.
Planning the World Heritage Centre has been a long process with a lot of companies involved, and we get to collaborate with a wide range of very talented people on this project. Including our very own Emergence'ers: Arvtakerne! This is a student team from Emergence School of Leadership working on the activity based part of the centre focusing on children and young people. They can accomplish a whole lot in their eight-week-project, and we're excited to see the results! Follow @arvtakerne on Instagram.
A lot of hard work and late nights paid off, and the World Heritage Foundation loved the concept we presented a few weeks ago. Not-so-secretly, we do too. The communication will be based on activities and interactive experiences, and we have a couple of ideas on how to do so. Super happy we get to develop these ideas further, and cannot wait to fly up there to experience the crazy beautiful Vegaøyan first hand.
Stay tuned + happy tuesday!
Annike, Hilde + Ida Sofie
If you're interested in knowing more about The Vega Archipelago:
"A cluster of dozens of islands centred on Vega, just south of the Arctic Circle, forms a cultural landscape of 103,710 ha, of which 6,930 ha is land. The islands bear testimony to a distinctive frugal way of life based on fishing and the harvesting of the down of eider ducks, in an inhospitable environment. There are fishing villages, quays, warehouses, eider houses (built for eider ducks to nest in), farming landscapes, lighthouses and beacons. There is evidence of human settlement from the Stone Age onwards. By the 9th century, the islands had become an important centre for the supply of down, which appears to have accounted for around a third of the islanders’ income. The Vega Archipelago reflects the way fishermen/farmers have, over the past 1,500 years, maintained a sustainable living and the contribution of women to eiderdown harvesting."