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Sounding Crisis @ CApE on Sept. 7, 2022 with Jessie Kleemann & Kirsten Thisted

On September 7, 2022, from 17:00 to 18:30, the field research of the Sounding Crisis project in Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) will be presented at CApE - Center for Applied Ecological Thinking. (For further directions, please see below.) It is a great pleasure to announce that on this occasion the Greenlandic performance artist Jessie Kleemann and the Danish cross-cultural researcher Kirsten Thisted will join the Sounding Crisis principle investigator Ania Mauruschat with presentations on their work and at the following panel discussion. The event will be followed by a wine reception. Please find the full announcement here:

Arctic Reflections -

Climate Change and the Role of Arts and Culture

in Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)

For over 4000 years, the Inuit have been living in an intimate relationship with nature in the Arctic, one of the harshest climates on earth. Their knowledge about surviving under such conditions has been preserved and passed on over the millennia through their oral tradition of myth and song. Despite the interruptions of the more than 300 years of colonization Indigenous Knowledge has been passed on and activated more and more in recent years. One example of this is the revitalization of the qilaat, the frame drum tradition, which recently has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage.

At this event, Ania Mauruschat will report about her field research in Kalaallit Nunaat (06–08/2022) on the role of arts and culture in coping with challenges like climate change and decolonization.

Arkhticós Dolorôs performance (2019) . Photo: Chelsea A Reid, Tyler Levesque

The Greenlandic artist Jessie Kleemann will read from her recent poetry collection Arkhticós Dolorôs (Engl. Arctic Pain) (2021) and tell about her performance of the same name on June 20, 2019 in the ablation zone of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet.

And Kirsten Thirsted, a professor at the University of Copenhagen, will report on her current research projects on Denmark and the new North Atlantic and the construction of places, identities, and communities in the context of the current development of the Arctic.

The presentations will be followed by a discussion on how the urgently needed cultural change of western societies can be inspired by the applied ecological thinking of the Inuit and what can be learned by engaging with Indigenous culture regarding the knowledge, visions, and concrete solutions for dealing with climate change.

Jessie Kleemann (*1959) is a poet, visual, performance, and theatre artist from Upernavik in the Northwest of Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) and based in Copenhagen. In her internationally exhibited and acclaimed work, Kleemann artistically researches Greenlandic identity, colonial history, myth, and the Arctic environment. Her video performance Orsoq III, subarctic sushi! (2015) has recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Denmark.


Ania Mauruschat (*1976) is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Research Fellow at the Sound Studies Lab of the University of Copenhagen. Her research project “Sounding Crisis. Sounds and Energies within Climate Change” (09/2021 - 08/2023) is funded by the European Commission and focuses on sound practices of Indigenous and non-Indigenous activists and artists addressing the human-nature relationship in Denmark, Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), and Australia. (Photo: Maria Doner)

Kirsten Thisted is a professor at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen with regional competence in Greenland and Scandinavia. Her research focus is minority-majority relations and postcolonial relations. She is particularly interested in how such asymmetric power relations are negotiated through literary and other aesthetic expressions.

Further Directions:

The event will take place at CApE - Center for Applied Ecological Thinking, Læderstræde 20, Lecture Hall on Floor 1, 1201 Copenhagen K. No registration needed, but please arrive early so we can start on time. The gate at Læderstræde 20 will be open and you should take first door on the right, use the staircase to the reception on floor one from where you will be guided to conference room.

The Sounding Crisis project thanks Jessie Kleemann and Kirsten Thisted for accepting the invitation and Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen and the whole team of CApE for making this event possible.

This event also serves a pre-event for the conference “What Sounds Do – New Directions in an Anthropology of Sound,” which is organized by the Sound Studies Lab of the University of Copenhagen in collaboration with the Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC) and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (Denmark). The conference will take place from September 13 to 16, 2022, at the RMC.


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