Themes

Theme 2: Centre and Periphery

Opposing concepts, “center” and “periphery” are are ever-present at Samsø Energy Academy. The work we carry out both locally and internationally is based on the crisis that a loss of autonomy and resources presents for the rural regions of the world when political power is centralized and people move into cities. As part of the so-called “outskirts” of Denmark, Samsø, by way of geography, is relegated to the periphery. But does this really make sense when much of society’s physical and ideological development actually comes from the “periphery”? We spoke with artist Malene Lunden and political party Chair Uffe Elbæk, who both have challenged the concept of “center” in their respective fields.

Curating: black and white are each others opposites and thus illustrate the dualism of centre versus periphery perfectly. However, in Japanese culture, ”maybe’ are often seen as more vital than ‘yes’ and ‘no’, and this convinced us to illustrate this theme in a grey scale, visualizing a new starting point ‘in between’ our often polarized opinions.

Theme 1: Resilience

What is resilience? What does it mean for our way of living in the world, and why do the inhabitants of Samsø seem to possess an especially high degree of resilience? Guest blogger Ole Fogh Kirkeby, Professor at Copenhagen Business School, has written a blog entry on resilience in Away Is Good, entitled “What is fragility?” Samsø Energy Academy’s Director Søren Hermansen also reflects on the topic in Home is Best.

Curating: The visuals used for this theme are ‘over the top’ and full of colors in order to illustrate the vigorousness of fragility.