Marjetica Potrč: The Sami, Along with Their Ashaninka Friends, Contemplate Coexistance with the Earth (2016), © the artist and Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin/Stockholm.

Indigenous knowledge – the practice of sustainable existence

Fre 5. Mai 12.30 - 23.30

Kunsthall Trondheim (Kart)

kr350,- / kr250,- (Kjøp billetter)


Climate changes are now an everyday experience and discussions about humanity's relationships and responsibilities toward nature are gaining momentum. It seems we have to find new ways to identify with that which conditions our existence on this planet. We have to see us humans in a broader context – not as sovereigns but as small parts entangled in and depending on a complex weave. The border between humans, animals and nature, seems to be transgressed. While most of us struggle with a deeper understanding of this new reality, the indigenous peoples have always lived in coexistence with the nature and have seen the changes for a long time already. Therefore; indigenous knowledge and standpoints are becoming increasingly relevant as models for sustainable living, for scientist and for us all.

In connection with Marjetica Potrč's exhibition On Coexistence, Kunsthall Trondheim gathers researches, artists and writers to discuss how to move towards a sustainable existence by learning from indigenous knowledge and how this knowledge can be used in scientific research on climate change.

BOBBY C. BILLIE (leader of The Council of the Original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal People, will participate on video), FRANK EKEBERG (music composer and researcher ), DOUGLAS NAKASHIMA (director for Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge Section in UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector), GENE RAY (writer and researcher, professor of critical studies at HEAD-Genève), MARIE ROUÉ (director for Laboratory of Eco-anthropology and Ethnobiology National Museum of Natural History Paris), JUDITH D SCHWARTZ (journalist), DOUGLAS SHEIL (professor at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Ås), ÁNDE SOMBY (professor at Faculty of Law at the University of Tromsø) and MARJETICA POTRČ (artist and architect).

Please register by April 30, 2017 to

Programme for the seminar: Indigenous knowledge – the practice of sustainable existence.