A joint Nordic seminar about the everyman´s right

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A joint Nordic seminar about the everyman´s right

Opening – 7.12.2018 – VOKSENÅSEN – Center for Swedish Norwegian Cooperation, Oslo.

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How can we keep the tradition of the everyman´s right alive for the future generation? How does this tradition connect social entities – individuals as well as collectives? In what ways does it inspire cultural life and art? And what can be learned from and about the everyman`s right in global platforms?

The everyman’s right seminar explores the notion that there´s no freedom without responsibility inviting reflection, dialogue and experiments.

The main objective is to examine elements of everyman’s right in Nordic countries today; an issue that fundamentally connects all Nordic and Baltic countries.

In a climate of growing protectionism and capital gain, the need to safeguard free access to land, nature, water and ressources is greater than ever. Thus, the seminar seeks to establish an alternative forum made up of people from a multidisciplinary background interested in challenging the growing tendency to compromise communal rights.

Through the lens of an interdisciplinary attitude the Silence Projects is setting out to challenge the boundaries that separate disciplines and fields of interest. By doing so, a space within which common factors of the everyman´s right can be identified as key connectors is created. Furthermore, such an interdisciplinary, open approach fosters cultural dialogue and exchange between Nordic, Baltic, European and international platforms.

The long term aim is to make the shared reflections, developed ideas and possible solutions of this forum available and accessable to a much wider audience: to a Nordic, Baltic and an international audience.

The Silence Project aims to collaborate with different disciplines operaing individually, but always along the line of the original theme that builds the focus point and nucleus of the project. Each domain will benefit from the others through collaborative exchange and interaction.

Silence as Everyman´s Right?

The Silence Project`s on – going seminar – Silence as Everyman´s Right? considers how people in today’s world find and experience silence in cities; a debate that is of relevance to the redesign and planning of urban environments and future cities. Originally inspired by the traditional Finnish concept of “freedom to roam” or “everyman’s right” (Jokamiehenoikeus) that allows free access to nature, waterways and the right to collect natural products, regardless of the ownership of the land. All Nordic countries share the same right. This symbolizes the very essence of the Nordic culture: The close relationship with nature, where silence and space are always present.

The project sets out to use this initial frame of reference to explore the relationship between silence and space in an urban environment. Its aim is to generate an international dialogue on the theme of “Silence in Cities,” whereby guest experts from a variety of fields come together with the audience to reflect on how we source and experience silence in cities.

The project combines exhibitions, events, public lectures and artist talks, which are interdisciplinary in nature and content. Of note in this project is its commitment to experimentation with different modes and technologies of user engagement and urban inhabitation.Together with a short presentation of the concept created by the Finnish artist Nina Backman, guest lecturers will provide different perspectives on silence in urban space.

The Silence Project also presents a programme for schools which is developed in co-operation with exhibiting partners. Within the frame of each exhibition, collaboration is unique and includes a guided tour of the works, experiential workshops and discussion groups.


12.5 – 9.6.2016
Venue: Gallen – Kallela Museum, Espoo, Finland
Program: Sauna Seminar together with Gallen – Kallela Museum & Goethe-Institut Finland

Nina Backman

Prof.Dr.Holger Schulze – The Materiality of Silence: Percepts – Sensologies – Sensibilities
Outi Ampuja – Hiljaisuus on elämän ykkösluokkaa!
Anne Nyman – Käenkaalia ja kuusenkerkkää: Makuja ja hyvinvointia luonnosta.
Anne Pelin – Malmin Madonna


Venue: ANCB – The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Program – No Space Without Traits

Nina Backman, Artist and founder of the Silence Project, Berlin

Prof.Dr. Holger Schulze, Visiting professor, Leuphana Univ. and Prin. investigator, Sound Studies Lab, Lüneburg
Lise Björne Linnert, Artist, Oslo
Ivo Wessel, Software developer, Author and Art collector, Berlin
Nicolas Pomränke, Architect and Associate partner, gmp Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, Berlin