Kelp Congress

The Kelp Congress at LIAF 2019 focuses on the lesser explored artistic and cultural dimensions related to kelp and other macroalgae. The event emerges with a curiosity in the current discourse surrounding seaweed within the industries of energy, food, nutrition, agriculture, cosmetics, and medicine, and will settle instead on a consideration of the performative, narrative, conceptual, and material approaches towards kelp. Throughout The Kelp Congress, seaweed will be promoted as a protagonist and collaborator within artistic and curatorial ways of making, and as a partner for cultural response within current and future ecological and environmental discussions.


Exploring resilience and community from human and other-than-human perspectives.
This initiates “The Kelp Congress”, a 3-day public programme that seeks to explore the artistic and cultural dimensions related to kelp and other macroalgae. Events include: open studios, presentations of artistic research processes, a keynote lecture, talks, and kelp-related artistic performances. With Devil’s Apron, Sarah Blissett, Futurefarmers, Signe Johannessen, Julia Lohmann, Sabine Popp, and Astrida Neimanis.

Reserve your spot!
Due to the limited number of places, registration is offered on a first come, first served basis.
You can also pre-register for meals during the weekend on the same form:
Registration form for the Kelp Congress Public Programme.


The Public Programme of the Kelp Congress takes place between September 20 – 22. During this weekend insights, processes and discoveries from the Coast, Line, Kelp Curing and Kelp Diagramme Collective closed workshops that lead up to the weekend will be shared. These sharings will take place in several venues around Svolvær, Lofoten as part of a wider programme consisting of keynote lectures, discussions, art works, and performances.

Friday 20:
Following an introduction to the Kelp Congress by the LIAF curators, a keynote lecture by Prof. Cecilia Åsberg will be followed by performances by the Coast, Line and Kelp Curing participants. The evening will conclude with a campfire and informal conversations.

Saturday 21:
A keynote lecture, “Thinking Through Kelp”, by Astrida Neimanis and moderated by Dr Marietta Radomska, will be followed by a performance lecture by Sabine Popp, a discussion series on “Kelp Connections”, enactments and open studio visits of the Kelp Curing, and Kelp Diagramme Collective research strands, and performances by Signe Johannessen and Devil’s Apron.

Sunday 22:
An informal networking breakfast followed by a performance of “A Closing (Seaweed) Ceremony” by Julia Lohmann.


The Kelp Medal of Honour by Signe Johannesen centred on the story of how the artist’s ancestors were saved from battle by hiding underneath kelp in the intertidal zone during WWII.

Common Notions (confusion resumes outside a few squaremeters), by Sabine Popp, conceived as an experiment or game, exploring an examination of the performativity of algae, objects, and bodies in instances of observation.

Devil’s Apron by artists Kåre Grundvåg and Trond Ansten (NO) will uncover the lost knowledge of brewing beer with seaweed.

Sea ceremony – a performance by designer Julia Lohmann, inspired by the Japanese ‘tea ceremony’ tradition. A time for collective sharing and reflection on algae – organism, habitat regenerator, superfood and sustainable material – a ritualistic closing event with local Lofoten seaweed.

Coast, Line navigated by Futurefarmers (Amy Franceschini & Lode Vranken), with Kajsa Dahlberg, Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Janna Holmstedt, Sergey Kostyrko, Pauliina Leikas, Julia Lohmann, Julia Parks, and Alexander Rishaug.

Kelp Diagram Collective
navigated by Sabine Popp, with Anne Louise Blicher, Robin Everett, Heidi Hart, Marcellvs L. and Francisco Beltrame Trento.

Kelp Curing navigated by Sarah Blissett, with Aoife Casby, Tinna Guðmundsdóttir, Tiina Arjukka Hirvonen, Paola Ruiz Moltó, Marietta Radomska, Angela Rawlings, and Cecilia Åsberg.

The Kelp Congress is organised in collaboration with Mustarinda, The Department of Seaweed, Posthumanities Hub, ArtLab Gnesta, Skaftfell – Center for Visual Art, and Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology.