The Agri/Cultures.Seed-Links Exhibition (Norway) > Open call
In June 2019, a new shipment of seeds will arrive at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. This deep cavern carved inside a frozen mountain on the Arctic island of Svalbard currently holds over 1 million samples of the world’s seeds. In June, when the new deposit arrives, a collection of artworks will also be interred in the mountain alongside them. This exhibition will serve as a reminder that seeds live within vast webs of interrelations – ecological, socio-technical and cultural – and that these connections are also worthy of celebration and preservation.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault holds a global collection of seeds from all around the world. It stores ‘back-up’ copies in case disaster (fire, flood, civil war) strikes the genebanks holding the original seeds. The only withdrawal from the Vault so far has been by ICARDA, a genebank based in Aleppo, Syria. With over 1 million seed samples now stored on Svalbard, the Global Seed Vault is an incredible achievement of science and diplomacy. However, this incredible effort to preserve the biological diversity of seeds, omits the rich cultural diversity required to generate and maintain this agricultural biodiversity. The Agri/Cultures.Seed-LinksExhibition aims to celebrate and honor the fertile bonds between biological and cultural diversity in agri-food systems.
Artists are asked to submit proposals for visual art works that speak to the bio-cultural connections in agriculture and the links seeds have to society, ecology and culture through their presence within agri-food systems. Any archival medium is welcome, but the works must fit within 60x40x28cm– the size of the black plastic boxes used to store seed deposits in the Vault.
The selection of works will take place in two tiers. 1) Three to four artists will be identified as the primary artists who will be offered sponsorship to travel to Longyearbyen, Svalbard to attend the exhibition, speak about their work, and to physically inter their original artwork in the mountain that houses the Global Seed Vault. 2) A number of additional artists will be invited to submit high resolution images of their artwork for archival printing, exhibition in Longyearbyen, and inclusion in a group box that will be interred in the mountain site.
Deadline: 25 March 2019