“A Southern Perspective on the North”
“With the Head up North”

The Arctic and Subarctic Working Group Photography Blog: Cities, Transportation, People and Everyday Life

This blog features photographs from Austrian scientists working in the Arctic and Subarctic: https://aas.photo.blog/

Rudi – the famous radio dog of the national radio channel OE1 – goes North. In two episodes he will show kids and interested adults exiting facts about the North.
Find out more on Rudi’s website:http://oe1.orf.at/rudiradiohund
and tune in on on Aug. 18th and Aug. 19th, 2015 at 2.55pm on channel OE1 or listen online later.

Details on the featured episodes:


AURA/AURORA Intervention & Round Table discussion on Art & Science collaboration

22.05.2015, 19h

Durchhaus Art Space, Werdertorgasse 17, 1010 Vienna

A Polar evening with a panel discussion on the magnificent Aurora Borealis in science & art and a review of Canada’s Arctic Council chairmanship 2013-2015. Hosted by A.A.S., the Canadian Embassy and other Arctic related partners.

Detailled invitation: Aurora Event 22052015_invitation [pdf]

The breath-taking Polar lights – Aurora – fascinate, scare and raise questions about the unknown. Therefore, they are matters of inquires in natural sciences as well as in the humanities and social sciences. At the same time they inspire societies in creating collective myths, stories and agency. Not least, they inspire artists to reflect, interpret and intervene with this spectacle. This event unravels and contests perceptions of the Aurora phenomena among artists and scientists.

Aura/Aurora (Bettina Schülke [AT/FI)] and Nina Czegledy [CAN/HU])

This is the most recent phase of the ongoing art & science project presenting an interactive interpretation of the Polar Lights – Aurora Borealis and Australis, the magnificent and dynamic spectacle that has retained a near-mythical status in circumpolar cultures over millennia. The dazzling geo-physical phenomenon, typically observed in the Circumpolar Regions is not only a brilliant spectacle but it also makes visible the invisible world of electromagnetic activities.

Art & Science

The collaboration between art & science has the potential to create new knowledge, ideas and processes. New ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting can lead to benefits in both fields. This round-table discussion aims to explore trans-disciplinary collaborations within the creative process of art, science and technology in the context of the Polar Lights.


Dr. Gerti Saxinger (Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology & Austrian Polar Research Institute APRI),

Doris Kaltenbacher (Durchhaus Art Space):

Introduction by the hosts Mark Bailey, Ambassador of Canada to Austria: “The Arctic, its economic and social development: Looking back on Canada’s achievements for the People of the North during its Arctic Council chairmanship 2013-2015”

Canadian Arctic images
Panel Discussion: Aura/Aurora – a science and arts perspective

Food and Wine Reception

Registration (organisational reasons only):


Bettina Schülke, Artist, PhD Cand., University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design

Nina Czegledy, Artist, Curator, Senior Fellow University of Toronto, Concordia University Montreal, Hungarian University of Fine Arts.

Dr. Stefan Donecker, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Medieval Research.

Dr. Margarete Jahrmann, Artist, Curator, Dozentin for Game-Design, ZHdK Zürich, University of Fine Arts Vienna.

Dr. Werner Gruber, Lecturer, Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Vienna and Director of the Planetarium Vienna, Science Busters.

Chair: Dr. Verena Traeger, Curator, Institute for Social- and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna & Spokesperson of the “Working Group Circumpolar Regions and Siberia” at the German Association of Anthropologists

Collaborating partners

Embassy of Canada in Austria

Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Uni Vienna

ZKS: Centre for Canadian Studies, Uni Vienna

Durchhaus Art Space

APRI: Austrian Polar Research Institute

AAS: Working Group Arctic and Subarctic

Working Group for Circumpolar & Siberian Regions at German Association of Anthropologists (DGV)

Live discussion with Stefan Donecker and Gertrude
Eilmsteiner-Saxinger on the Austrian radio station OE1

Aug 7th, 2013, Oe1: 14.05

Our AAS members Stefan Donecker (historian) and Gertrude Eilmsteiner-Saxinger (social anthropologist) were invited to discuss on air with Johann Kneihs: From Austrian polar exhibitions in the 19th century to contemporary researches in the Arctic. They talked about various myths about the North and the Northeners, and discussed urgent issues concerning climate change, indigenous people and current issues on exploiting natural resources.

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March 6th – 13th , 2008; diverse venues

In March 2008 a photo exhibition about the life in the North with pictures of the Nenets artist Habecha Yaungad is shown in Vienna. Besides the photo exhibition, several lectures and film screenings took place.

These events are dedicated to the nenets, the indigenous people in Russia’s northern arctic region. Habetscha Jaungad, a nenets journalist gives impressions about his culture and life. The events were organized by AAS members.

365 Tage unter freiem Himmel: Rentiernomaden im polaren Sibirien

Im Zuge des Internationalen Polarjahres kam der Künstler und Journalist Habetscha Jaungad nach Wien, um über das Leben und Überleben im Hohen Norden Russlands zu berichten.

Der langjärige Redakteur der nenzischen Zeitung Nar”jana Ngerm und Fotograf war in Wien in mehreren Diskussionsveranstaltungen zu sehen und eröffnete eine Ausstellung mit eigenen Fotografien aus seiner Heimat, dem Land der Nenzen.

Photo exhibition: “365 Tage unter freiem Himmel” mit Bildern von Habetscha Jaungad

6. – 13. März 2008; Russisches Kulturinstitut, Brahmsplatz 8, 1040 Wien

Unter der Anwesenheit des Künstlers findet am Donnerstag, dem 6. März 2008, um 18 Uhr die Vernissage statt.

Podiumsgespräch mit Kurzfilm: “Die indigene Bevölkerung in urbanen
Gebieten des Autonomen Kreises der Jamalnenzen”

Montag, 10. März 2008, 19.30 – 20.30 Uhr, Institut für Slawistik der
Universität Wien, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 3, 1090 Wien

Habetscha Jaungad wird anwesend sein und über das Leben in seiner Heimat berichten (Veranstaltung in russ. Sprache).

Diskussionsveranstaltung mit Film “Leben im Autonomen Kreis der
Jamalnenzen und das Internationale Polarjahr 2007-08”

Dienstag, 11. März 2008, 15 Uhr Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie der Universität Wien, Universitätsstr. 7, NIG, 4. Stock, 1010 Wien

Prof. Peter Schweitzer (Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks) berichtet über das Internationale Polarjahr (2007-2008) und Habetscha Jaungad über das Leben in seiner Heimat (mit Film).

Film und Diskussionsveranstaltung

Mittwoch, 12. März 2008, 18.30 – 21.00 Uhr, Gallery M – Vienna, Arctic Inuit und Native Indian Fine & Decorative Arts,1080 Wien, Strozzigasse 47

Filmpräsentation mit Begrüßung des Fotografen Habecha Jaungad

Habetscha Jaungad steht hier dem Publikum für Fragen zu Verfügung und
berichtet über das Leben in seiner Heimat, dem autonomen Kreis der Jamal
Nenzen (mit Film).

Ein Veranstaltungsreihe der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Arktis und Subarktis
in Kooperation mit:
Bezirksvertretung Wieden
Institut für Slawistik, Univ. Wien
Gallery M
Ges. für bedrohte Völker
Wien Kultur
Inst. f. Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, Univ. Wien
Institutsgruppe Slawistik, Univ. Wien
Russisches Kulturinstitut Wien
Aut. Gebiet d. Jamalnenzen

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