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Speaker Series: Observations In No Man’s Land
September 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
A Laurel Park resident, Derek Coté, has been exploring and conducting visual research in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Iceland, Svalbard and Northern Canada since 2012, which has culminated in art installations, exhibitions, and screenings of his award-winning short films throughout the United States and internationally. Coté originally ventured to the Arctic purely for visual inspiration. But, he said, “I find myself increasingly interested in the rapid and inevitable social, economic and environmental transformations unfolding on the planet’s absolute last frontier.” Coté said, “The Arctic, once regarded as a cold wasteland, is gaining momentum as a heated battleground as a variety of interests push into and establish a presence in the Arctic.” The goal of Coté’s “Observations in No Man’s Land” is to investigate what makes the Arctic unique and why it is believed to be a bellwether for the future of modern civilization. It is an exercise in observation that does not attempt to provide personal or political narrative, or provide concrete answers to complex issues. “Observations in No Man’s Land” acts as an enquiry into the profound cultural, political and environmental forces developing in a contemporary and future circumpolar North. Coté’s presentation will include slides and a short, 12-minute film, shot and produced in the abandoned Soviet utopia of Pyramiden in the international archipelago of Svalbard.