The Lofoten Islands are a society of highly developed competence and ambition within tourism and fisheries. Mobile Outskirts aimed at presenting this coastal culture to participant of an urban bacground and open some possiblities of investigating a society on the outskirts of Europe of major economic and cultural significance. The unique topographical and climatic conditons, meetings with inhabitants and travels in the area were provided for the participant as a start for individual research


The participants met in the city of Trondheim, about 700 km south of the Lofoten Islands. We traveled together in the workshop bus, mapping the distance by different means. (see the website of Stijn) As we traveled, scenery, topography and climate changed, and the participants got to know each other. When entering the Lofoten islands about 12 hours and a 2 hour ferry-ride after our departure from Trondheim, we met a grey wall of fog hiding the alpine peaks of the mountainous islands. The next days the weather cleared and gave ample opportunity of enjoying the midnight sun. The first couple of days we met with representatives of the two most important economic factors in Lofoten: fisheries and tourism. We also traveled the road crossing the islands as far as it goes, about 150 km and back, stopping for museum visits, a talk with a fishing village proprietor, a picnic in a mountainside, walks and time spent on a beach facing the midnight sun.
We also spent time together at meals and parties, and during presentation sessions every evening. The group became a good forum for exchange of ideas and thoughts, and also a fun social environment.
During our time in the islands, the participants developed their own angles and perspectives on the situation. As visitors with a limited knowledge of the local conditions, it was important to follow interest and competence that was already present for each one of us. Some participants developed ideas for art projects, some collected visual material, some collected stories and engaged with local issues, others reflected on the technical needs of a cultural mapping situation. Apart from collecting a vast amount of data, the workshop had many concrete outcomes, visible as websites, soundtracks, movies, articles and other forms of developing ideas.