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We are all from everywhere - Travelers and Mediators
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traveler II: wanna know about my origin?
watch the launch of the two travelers
traveler I: I'll share my story too
As part of the ongoing project AKWANAUTØYNA, DE JENZ traveled to another archipe-lago - the Azores. Here we started TRAVELERS and MEDIATORS that revolves around issues of who and what is native/invasive from different perspectives, both biological and human - over time. We made travelers -vertical floating poles, by splitting and pairing drift wood with wood that grow locally. To keep them upright in the sea, we tied a lava stone to the bottom of each pole with hemp rope and equipped them with life vests. Bamboo flutes inserted in the masts make the TRAVELERS whistle on their journey across the oceans as they drift with the wind and ocean currents to new destinations. People who find them can learn about their origin by consulting their QR-codes.
Background: Since 2021 DE JENZ is based on Nautøy, Norway's most western settlement with only 10 inhabitants, within an island municipality of 768 people. While there is always a flux of visitors, the population of this former fishing community is shrinking. In the 1980's Canadian Sitka Pine were planted to provide shelter on the stormy coast. The seedlings have since developed into dense forests and inhabitants talk about how this invasive species disrupts the cultural landscape. As newcomers we are intrigued to explore further what makes something or somebody endemic or native to a place and who and what belongs.