TALKS & WORKSHOPS 2018

If the darkening Nordic nights were prime time for the light art, the days were arenas for talks about art and environmental issues, especially connected to the ocean. Island of Light 2018 were proud to present several talks with well reputed scientists and artists.

Press 2018

Sustainable fishing
Sixten Söderberg, Nordic Fishermen Association

Welfare is reflected in the ocean. It is bad, but there is hope, says Sixten Söderberg. For many years now, he has been working with sustainable development of fishing gear at Smögen, and while saying it he turns to the young ones in the audience.

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Plastics in the oceans – there are solutions
Thomas Hjertberg, professor in polymer technology

Thomas shows pictures from beaches and riverbanks covered by deep layers of trash, to large part plastics. He demonstrates how the currents in the big oceans bring together the trash to enormous islands of plastic items. At first, it is hard to believe what the presenter states – that there are solutions.

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Light art projects in urban public and urban spaces
Aleksandra Stratimirovic, Light artist
There is a dark side to Alexandra Stratimirovic´s love for light, something that probably was unknown for most of us gathered to listen to her talk. But she let us know.

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Enlightened conservation of nature – a gleam of light from the zoo Nordens Ark.
Mats Höggren, CEO Nordens ark

Light is nothing but the very basis for life itself, and that light indeed affects the experience of nature. Having been fortunate enough to visit the zoo, and in the light of sun after rain seen a shy creature take a step out of its hiding-place, one knows what Mats Höggren meant.

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Clean coastline
Helena Bredin, project manager Clean Costline
It is not only global media companies like CNN that ranks the Bohus Coast as one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The people that have lived here for generations is aware of the jewel they hold in their hands, and the local strive to cherish it is strong.

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Sustainable sea
Martin Hassellöv, professor, Institution for Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg
Supported by the UN´s 14th sustainability goal – Life below water – the work to turn off the cranes that produce unnecessary products of plastic and other material threatening the environment has begun. Martin Hassellöv is an internationally recognised researcher, but he originates from Smögen, and starts and ends his lecture with a local perspective.

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The approach to nature, art and science
Tyrone Martinsson, photographer and photo historian at the Academy of Valand, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Climate change darkens our time. Having listened to Tyrone Martinsson one realizes that not only is the water levels raising due to the melting glaciers.

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Kinetic Light Art –” On Waves”
Paul Friedlander, Scientist and artist
He says he has always been interested in chaos, to let go of it, but also to try to tame it. One day he saw girls skipping and got fascinated by the motion of the rope. Many mathematical calculations and technological experiments later he found out how to create colorful spirals as his typical form of art.

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