Kelp Congress September 20 – 22

The Public Programme of the Kelp Congress takes place between September 20 – 22. During this weekend, the insights from the kelp research strands will be shared together with the processes and discoveries that have emerged through these enquiries. 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.

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 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.

Public Programme

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 (SE/NO) 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.

A (Closing) Seaweed Ceremony by designer Julia Lohmann (FI/DE) is a performance inspired by the Japanese tradition of a ‘tea ceremony’ as a collective sharing and ritualistic event, using a brew derived from local Lofoten seaweed.