Selected images from my three week artist residency in the Norwegian high arctic in June of 2012
Pyrmamiden is an abandoned Russian coal mining town on the island of Svalbard in the Norwegian high Arctic. After originally being handed over by Sweden in 1910 to Russia, the industrial complex was shut down in 1998. Russia maintains a presence on this island archipelago, but lack of funding from Moscow and the tragic loss of the town's women and children in a plane crash are believed to have led to its closing. It remains a virtual ghost town to this day.
lenin overlooking town
pyramiden main sign
79 degrees latitude
lenin in front of the sports complex
northern-most swimming pool
stairwell community centre
coal mine platforms
coal mine tunnel
collapsed mining walkway
the "red october" piano
said to be the northernmost piano in the world...!
old piano keyboard
remnants left in the local community film house
old 35 mm movie film
The Arctic Water: Floating Ice
Chia-Ling Lee is a media artist from Taiwan. These photographs are documentation of her video performance on an ice flow in the Norwegian arctic.