Hello, I’m OCTOPA.
Pleased to meet you.
I’m a strange creature from the Northern Sea Route. Welcome to my Den, a place where you can find about all my adventures, a space to rehearse futures and a library of resources on my many curiosities.
WHO AM I, ACTUALLY?
I’m a shape-shifting, fictive, online. I spend most of my time trying to make sense of climate change and our complex, dynamic world. The icy waters and slippery surfaces of the Arctic are my home.
I belong and I diverge, I contribute and I evade. I’m a sentient non-human anomaly. I move between sea and land. I’m my physical, biological self, by birth. But I’ve been altered, by irruption and interruption, against my will, contaminated by plastics and bio-effluent. But that means I’m able to run on land as well.
I am of the past but I move in the present and shift and change in the future. Being a shape-shifter and a time-traveller is what makes me special.
Ready for some unexpected moves and some time bending?
Together we’ll experience non-literal and creative ways to think and act back in the present. Just as I am able to invert my form, you too will need to choose what you can do to rethink and transform your expectations and how to act to change the current world and its workings.
THE NORTHERN SEA ROUTE
IS MY DOMAIN
Oh, did I forget to tell we’ll be connected to the Northern Sea Route (NSR) along the Norwegian and Russian coast? What a massive zone it is and hard to reach and fathom. Its experiencing rapid change from a once frozen passage to one now increasingly freer of ice.
This route is still remote as it was for 17th-century western explorers sailing wooden craft in search of a trade route through the ‘North-East Passage’. Today, the NSR is an immense and intricate tangle of interests and potentials: environmental and geo-political, cultural and communicational, political economies with technological innovation.
REHEARSE FUTURES WITH ME
Discover how working speculatively helps rethinking our shared futures connect with urgent demands, rapidly changing contexts and conditions and needs in the present!
Dive into scientific articles and creative works I’ve curated to understand facts and knowledge behind my speculative universe.
You might like to join me on my travels in Arctic waters and the Northern Sea Route in the Amphibious Trilogies project website led by Prof. Amanda Steggell of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) into extended choreography, funded by the National Artistic Research Programme (NARP) of Norway).
I’m a collaborative creature also given life through the FUEL4DESIGN project into design future literacies and vocabularies propelled by Prof. Andrew Morrison, a member from the Institute of Design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO).
We’ve further collaborated in these projects and their intersections with Bastien Kerspern and colleagues in the studios Casus Ludi and Design Friction, with their speculative and ludic and design fiction exploration.