Bella – the reindeer with the camera
Bella is the name of a female reindeer with a miniature cam attached to a collar. A lasting insight into the life of a wild reindeer herd has been gained thanks to Bella’s reports on satellite. Among the many unique and interesting artworks are a series of fascinating photographs documenting their wanderings, meals, and the birth of their offspring in the Hardangervidda National Park in Norway.
Hardangervidda National Park is located about 200 kilometers west of the country’s capital, Oslo, and is home to a modern Center for Nature and Education, a government-funded institution. We were cheerfully greeted by director Per Lykke, an educational lawyer, a man of imagination and connections. The Norwegian, who was educated in Paris and London, where the family lived due to his father’s work, committed his skills, strength and connections to the service of nature, which contributed to the uniqueness of this modern and well-equipped center. It was arranged with taste and due respect for nature and art. The architecture of the building is perfectly integrated into the landscape of the Hardangervidda Plateau, the largest Peneplene in Europe.
Native Europe, Norwegian
– We are citizens of Europe because we use the original language of nature here – says Per Lykke. We not only know nature, but are able to skillfully use its resources. We can still fish like our ancestors. We know how to do many activities in the bosom of nature without harming it, but act in harmony with it and respect its laws.
He points out that people in Norway live on small farms, grow crops, raise animals, hunt, hunt and pick blueberries and raspberries, they are as close to the heart of nature as the Indians were before. Especially in the interior, because the coast is dominated by other marine aspects of contact with nature. There are more semblances and stresses of civilization here. In the hinterland, where these “Indian communities” live, full of connections, ties through neighborhood, marriage, and familiarity, here everyone knows everyone, has friends, lives safely and in the feeling of being at home, even a “prescription.” – Norway differs from the Scandinavian countries in that people live here “pointy”, not together, but in a certain isolation. On the other hand, they are always ready to work together, for example in the face of opposing elements or when they are united by a dugnad, that is, a social act carried out for the benefit of the community.
Relationships between nature, art and education
– I was inspired by the most interesting places of this kind in the world – says Per Lykke, showing us the exhibition. – In Italian Calabria, in the park with the largest number of pine trees, against the background of a mountain panorama, there are, for example, jazz concerts. I have decided that there will also be jazz in Hardangervidda National Park, I invite musicians, and the beautiful saxophone sounds can be heard here. You have infused this place with music from the top of the art shelf.
He’s been to Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, New Zealand, USA, Kenya… He’s climbed mountains and seen gardens. He planned to arrange each room in a modern Norwegian nature centre. Without details but with a vision, drawing the best inspiration from the world, providing the right framework for this work. He says about himself: – As a lawyer, I dealt with bankrupt companies. But I also have two passions: rock, multimedia, modern art. I am fortunate to invite good artists, writers and musicians. I’m brave, I take a risk. By combining nature and art, he showed that together they can be a great catalyst, a kind of investment in the future for the long term, with future generations in mind.
There is a place for various fields of art, first-class, for example, photography, performed by the excellent Norwegian nature photographer, Per Bernsen. His exhibition caused quite a stir here among visitors. The images were in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape – the view of a large mountain plateau. “We arranged a studio on the top floor of the building to bring great art into the national park,” Per Lykke says. – We studied with Bear in England, we were friends and since then we communicate without words. We have agreed that when you have a view of such a majestic nature, you need to awaken the imagination, be inspired by art, and artistically stimulate all visitors to our garden.
A powerful message to nature
Art sends a powerful message, says Laiki. He recalls his artistic experiences with rock music in the group Andrzej Dziubek and De Press (https://bibliotekapiosenki.pl/zespoly/De_Press), founded in 1980. He dealt with multimedia there. It was a very important experience for a young man of that time, who not only fell in love with the Poles, but also thought about choosing an artistic path for development instead of the legal profession proposed by his family …
Sometimes artists who are fascinated by this area come here, suggesting exhibitions. But most of the presentations here are made through the manager’s personal contacts. – That’s the truth about today’s highly interconnected world, I must admit that the network is important. We’re talking about that in Norway “Social Corruption”, who knows who has the biggest punch – Per Lykke comments with a pinch of salt. However, he stresses that the most important thing is the high quality of the art show – a unique setting attracts only unique performances.
Click, don’t spoil
We visit an engaging and engaging multimedia gallery that guides us around the facility, which is available in several languages, including Polish. Thus, for 20 minutes, visitors experience the wonderful winter experience of Hardangerwidda, nature and the majestic beauty of nature. Then they go to the convention center, where there are interactive exhibits that show threats to the plateau, problems caused by the fact that there are more summer houses, residents, noise, fumes, ill-considered investments and, as a result, negatively affect the ecology of this area.
– We show how our unique plateau can be destroyed as a result of mismanagement, and then we engage visitors in the process of dealing with possible destruction – The director explains to us the concept of a multimedia exhibition. – “Hardangervidda for the future” is a project in which visitors submit their ideas, we collect their ideas and experiences and try to include them in designing a better future. People talk and discuss with each other, and on this basis we prepare our plan in a participatory manner. During the pandemic, I wrote a pamphlet on how to come together to save the plateau from the onslaught of civilization.
Bones are back home
They have friends all over the world, confirming that they have signed agreements in the field of nature protection and education with many attractive natural centers. It includes, among others, centers in Ukraine, Georgia, Germany and Scotland. Lots of tourists visit them. When visiting Norway, they also visit Hardangervidda National Park.
Art knows no boundaries, has no limits, assures the head of the park. It can be a great inspiration for music, painting, theatre, installations, events… You have to respect nature, and understand that space can perform different functions. Rocks, stones, trees, a parking lot near the hotel – it can also become a wonderful playground for children if the need arises for a moment. It can be easily adapted to a new role, so the area around the building was designed.
A nod to Art Without Borders, this time with time limits, is the bull room recreated from the prehistoric Lascaux cave in France. Take a closer look at the replica of the paintings and admire the original reindeer bones donated by the Museum of French Prehistory in the Dordogne department to Hardangervidda National Park. “The bones are back home.” As it was established, they came from the area of today’s Norway, and the reindeer had to be sold to southern Europe.
You can see Norway from the top
There are eight towns in the Hardangerviddy District, spread over three municipalities. A tourist organization operates here, which prepares special huts in which people wandering in the mountains can take shelter from bad weather or rest. The door is open, you take the prepared food there, and you rest. From the 1,885-meter summit, a special tourist attraction of the plateau, you can see much of Norway. There are many scholars here, summer university is open, families with children come here, and the place itself – Hardangervidda National Park – is listed in TOP Trip Adviser as a must-see place for tourists before leaving Norway.
This is correct! We will never forget this place and the hospitality of its hosts.
Piata Cuban Boca
Hajnówka Central – Cultural Station
Report from the second study visit to Norway by a team from Hajnówka Centralna – Stacja Kultury, Project “Next Step – Art Closer to Nature” / Next Step – Art Closer to Nature