North by Studiocanoe

The third annual Arctic Circle conference begins today in Reykjavik. Representatives from over 50 countries have gathered to discuss a range of issues, chief amongst which will be climate change and fossil fuel extraction. In a short film entitled 'North', artist and filmmaker Temujin Doran (aka Studiocanoe) has explored some of the history behind why competing interests have sought to lay claim to the Arctic and its resources.

Focusing on Spitsbergen, the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway, Doran has produced both an extraordinarily beautiful and highly thought-provoking work.

Svalbard

Svalbard

Photograph by Studiocanoe.