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A conversation between Aslak Holmberg and Srećko Horvat

in collaboration with We are Europe
Background

This was our first trip to Scandinavia, so we were really looking forward to attend the last festival of We are Europe. We took 3 flights between Porto, Frankfurt and Oslo to get there, but finally we landed in Tromsø, in the northern end of Norway. We’ve found the Insomnia Festival, a small festival happening in a student’s place that, in addition to an avant-garde electronic music program, also presents a set of conferences. This was our starting point to talk with our two guests of the last episode of the New Activists of European Culture series: Aslak Holmberg and Srećko Horvat. Aslak is the vice president of the Saami Council, an organization that aims to preserve Saami’s culture in the northern part of Scandinavia; Horvat is a philosopher, activist, author and founder of the Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25).

A conversation between Aslak Holmberg and Srećko Horvat

Aslak-Holmberg-and-Srećko-Horvat

"The terrace of my house has a great view with old rooftops, the Northern Lights Cathedral and the Holy Mountain..." - Say no more! Gjøa Orheim, the director of Insomnia festival, showed us her porch where we spent half an hour with snow at our feet, filming and talking with Aslat and Screckó about nomadism and identity.

Tromsø

Meanwhile, we still had time to explore the fjords and watch, just for a while, the Aurora Borealis, also known as Northern Light. This was the trigger to name our last episode of the series New Activists of European Culture - because we still believe in a guiding light of hope, even though Horvat claims the apocalypse has already happened and that we are already suffering from its effects.

The big things in history and human life usually come by overpassing boundaries, by taking something which is not your culture, and integrate it (…) to a new step of creating something new.

- Srećko Horvat

Tromsø

We should move from a nationalistic thinking to a human rights way of thinking.

- Aslak Holmberg

Aslak Holmberg

Aslak Holmberg (28) is a salmon-fisher, a teacher, a student and a Member of the Saami Parliament from Njuorggán, Sápmi (Finland). He is involved in Saami and indigenous issues on a national level, and internationally in the United Nations framework. He has taught North Saami language at the Saami University of Applied Sciences and is currently studying Indigenous studies at the University of Tromsø in Sápmi, in Norway.

Srećko Horvat

Srećko Horvat is a philosopher from Croatia. He has published more than 10 books translated into 15 languages. His latest books include What Does Europe Want? (co-authored with Slavoj Žižek, 2014), Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism (2015), and The Radicality of Love (2015). Together with Yanis Varoufakis, he is one of the founders of DiEM25.

“New Activists of European Culture” is a series by Canal180 that focuses on conversations between activists from Europe. Born from partnership with We are Europe, which promotes, creates and produces 8 major European events. Their goal is to develop a prospective vision of electronic culture, technology and entrepreneurship, while contributing to new social and political developments through an interdisciplinary approach.

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WHAT MAKES US HUMANS?

The first episode has Elevate Festival (Graz, Austria) as background. Vasilis Tsartsanis and Ben Frost shared their life experiences in a snowy environment.
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IS THE POLITICAL SOCIETY ABLE TO CHANGE THE POLITICS?
Resistance, the second episode of New Activists of European Culture, takes place in Lyon, France during Nuits Sonores. A conversation between Máret Ánne Sara and Angnieszka Wisniewska.
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HOW IMPORTANT IS ART IN TIMES OF CONFLICT?
The third episode of New Activists of European Culture, Invisible Borders, focuses on a conversation between Mohamed Jabaly and Alistair Alexander. Recorded in Barcelona, Spain during Sónar.
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CAN DANCING LEAD TO CHANGE?

The fourth episode of New Activists of European Culture, Politics of Dancing, takes place in Cologne, Germany during co/pop. A conversation about clubbing and activism between Matthew Collin and Katarina Serulus.
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HOW CAN COMMON CITIZENS TAKE BACK PUBLIC SPACE?
Beyond the Walls, the fifth episode of New Activists of European Culture, takes place in Thessaloniki, Greece during Reworks. A conversation about cultural activism between John Patelias and Nikos Kalligas.
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HOW IMPORTANT IS THE NIGHT CULTURE FOR THE CITIES?

The sixth episode of New Activists of European Culture, Notes from the Underground, takes place in The Hague, Netherlands during TodaysArt Festival. A conversation about night life and its possibilities between Ella Overkleeft and Sama Abdulhadi.

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