Posted on 29/09/2011
Tim Cresswell has just returned form a two week expedition to Svalbard, in the High Arctic, where he was part of a team of “brightest minds” accompanying the artist, Alex Hartley.
Hartley has been commissioned by the Arts Council to produce a major piece of art for the 2012 Olympics. His work is called “Nowhereisland”. In 2004 he was the first human to step foot on an island recently revealed by a retreating glacier. The aim of this trip was to recover 6 tonnes of material from the island and sail it out into international waters before declaring a new nation of Nowhereisland.
Tim’s role was to participate in on-board debates about place, nationhood, citizenship and mobility that will inform the nation’s on line and physical embassy as well as the declaration and constitution (see nowhereisland.org). While on board he also participated in the writing of a creation myth and creating a map of the island.
Tim Cresswell's webpage