NIVA TO NENETS picnic-quiz at PDC’12

Posted by Selina Schepers on Monday August 20th 2012 at 10:57

Rosanne van Klaveren presented her interactive roadmovie NIVA TO NENETS at the Participatory Design Conference in Roskilde, during a picnic-quiz. In three questions she asked the motivated group of participants about their opinion and concerns related to some side-effects of bringing help to an indigenous people (in this case the Nenets, a semi-nomadic reindeer herding people in the northwest of the Russian Federation). The answers to the quiz-questions were connected to colourfull picnic-blankets with matching picnic-snacks. A Lada Niva made from wood and felt stimulated the creative minds and the feeling of togetherness.

NIVA TO NENETS picnic-quiz at Danish Art Workshops

Posted by Selina Schepers on Friday August 10th 2012 at 10:51

During a working period as artist in residence at Danish Art Workshops, Rosanne van Klaveren discussed some aspects of her interactive roadmovie NIVA TO NENETS within the format of a picnic-quiz. Rosanne asked her audience five questions, while the participants positioned themselves on the picnic-blanket that resembled the answer of their choice. While matching snacks were served, some interesting discussions on paradoxical aspects of bringing help occured. For the artist who addresses this paradox within her roadmovie, these discussions were very usefull. For the people who participated the picnic-quiz, this afternoon was joyfull and inspirational.

The Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples Secreatariat wrote a nice arcticle about this event:

And so did Danish Art Workshops: (only in Danish…)

More information about the NIVA TO NENETS project:

FOOD RELATED workshop in Tromsø

Posted by Selina Schepers on Saturday October 8th 2011 at 11:40

During her workingperiod in Kilpisjärvi, Rosanne van Klaveren gave a workshop at the Small Projects gallery in Tromsø about arctic food in general and about her FOOD RELATED project in particular. After a short presentation and introduction to the online platform at, a very usefull mapping was made with the MAP-it tool developed by Social Spaces collegues. The participants also worked with cultural probes to focus more on the experience, meaning, future and difficulties of food within the circumpolar north.

Artistic fieldwork in Kilpisjärvi

Posted by Selina Schepers on Tuesday September 20th 2011 at 11:44

In September and October 2011 Social Spaces researcher Rosanne van Klaveren is doing artistic fieldwork in Kilpisjärvi for her PhD project FOOD RELATED. She is staying and working at the Biological Research Station owned by the University of Helsinki. Although it is mostly biologists who do their fieldwork in this isolated place within the Arctic Circle, the Finnish Bioart Society runs an artist-in-residence program here as well.

Van Klaveren is developing cultural probes packages that will be used during her research of participatory practices for locative media art. These probes are made to be used in workshops and at home.

In the meantime, Van Klaveren is studying local food and food culture. This is important fieldwork for her participatory project about arctic food, wherefore she is very happy and thankful for being here!

Some new collected food entries from this region can be found at

website Bioart Society:

website Kilpisjärvi Research Station:

residency blog:

FOOD RELATED exhibition

Posted by Selina Schepers on Wednesday June 22nd 2011 at 11:45

Social Spacer Rosanne van Klaveren has exhibited her FOOD RELATED work in progress at DeFKa during ‘INVESTIGATIONS on artistic research’ from 26 May till 18 June 2011. This exhibition opened with a conference day. Van Klaveren made an igloo shaped cake that was eaten by the participants from hand painted plates with hand written napkins before their debate about the practice of artistic research started. The cake functioned as an icebreaker, while the plates and napkins nourished the discussion.

After the conference reindeer soup was served from a Lada pot to all who wanted to try the daily food of the Nenets, a nomadic reindeer herding people in the North of the Russian Federation, while Van Klaveren explained her wish to drive her Lada Niva to this people as a gift.

Read more about this work in progress:

Visit the website of DeFKa /SMAHK:

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