Field_Notes – The North Escaping 2023

This sixth edition of the Field_Notes field laboratory will be organized in Kilpisjärvi from 17th September to 1st October 2023 under the theme of The North Escaping. During Field_Notes – The North Escaping, three groups will venture to the wilderness to experiment, test, gather data, and to speculate and impose questions. Under the guidance of the group hosts – Till Bovermann, Elizabeth McTernan and Erich Berger – the group members approach the theme from specific point of views.

Former Field_Notes participants have described the experience as a habitat in which ideas are planted and new partnerships are nurtured and fermented. Field_Notes is a unique opportunity for artists, scientists and other practitioners to set things in motion through intense fieldwork.

The open call for applications for the Field_Notes – The North Escaping runs until 17th March and the chosen participants will be noted by the beginning of April. Detailed information concerning participation and application are available on the Field_Notes – The North Escaping open call page on our website.


hosted by Elizabeth McTernan

The Andscapes group will critically engage with questions of scale and the tools we use to understand our surroundings. How does one measure an unruly world? How do our tools ultimately determine what we perceive, and how can we invent new tools in the spirit of situated knowledges and decoloniality, to perceive things differently? To that end, can we bring together scales of abstraction and scales of...

soft and messy TranstemporAL Exploration
hosted by Erich Berger

The TALE group will set out to navigate the plurality of times that present themselves in the landscape in and around Kilpisjärvi. We will ready ourselves to leave the ‘shallow time’ of human-centered temporalities behind, with the goal to enter into ‘deep time’ and to traverse and explore ‘other-than’ and ‘more-than-human’ temporalities. The preparatory work for our attunement...

Wait and Hear
hosted by Till Bovermann

How do we deal with the retreat of the North as we know it? How do we navigate the ever-approaching uncertainty and wickedness of change? The Wait and Hear group proposes an open exploration based on listening. It extends an invitation to encounter, experience and comment on Kilpisjärvi – the region, the lake, the settlement, the living – as what we will refer to as Organism(s), through which a manifold...

Second Order group
Elsa Ferreira,Jonathan Carruthers-Jones,Roger Norum & Teemu Lehmusruusu

What does it mean to observe art? What senses can be brought to bear when we experience the early stage process of art making? What does fieldwork mean for theorists, philosophers, scholars, and art practitioners?

The Second Order group has a different working model than rest of the Field_Notes – The North Escaping groups. It is composed of...