Our Synthetic World

Actors Klaus Løkholm Bergli og Nina Rosenlund from Sadio Nor Theatre under the installation created by Lawrence Malstaf. .Photo: Helge M. Markusson, The Fram Centre.

How does it influence us and the Arctic?

Our Synthetic World is mediation of knowledge about hazardous substances in the High North. Artists and scientists have come together to make a difficult theme easier to understand. Through the installation, storytelling, film and a theatre performance, we tell how humans and animals, climate and the environment are influenced by human made substances, and how the research contributes to improve our everyday life.

Scientists from the Fram Centre’s flagship “Hazardous substances – effects on ecosystems and human health” have collaborated with Sadio Nor Theatre, artists and mediators with the purpose of telling people of all ages about this research. The scientists have decided that the themes for the exhibition are: the food chain in the Arctic, health and human influence, climate change and multi-stress.

Hazardous substances have been detected in the arctic ecosystems for a long time, still we know too little about the sources, the dispersion and the effects on ecosystems and human beings. The Arctic goes through changes, and we lack knowledge about the total effects of hazardous substances, on animals and human beings, together with the risk of increased local pollution in the Arctic by new industrial activity in the North.

The Arctic as a global warning laboratory for detection of new alien substances with unwanted qualities and effects, is crucial in national and international regulations of hazardous substances. Clean food harvested from sea and land is also of importance for us as consumers, the society and the social economy.

Our synthetic world is an installation/exhibition which is shown in combination with theatre, that has been developed in cooperation between Polaria, Fram Centre and Sadio Nor Theatre.

The installation is created by Lawrence Malstaf. The films are produced by Fersk Film. The project is funded by Troms County Council, VRI Troms, Fram Centre Intro-funding and the Research Council of Norway.