Forgotten Stories of Frozen Seeds is a collaboration between scientists, artists and farming communities. It is an event to reflect on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and honor the connections seeds have to their ecological and cultural contexts.
Inside a frozen mountain on Svalbard lies a locked vault that contains over a million samples of the world's seeds. These seeds are sent from all over the world for safekeeping should disaster strike. Sealed inside bags, packed inside boxes, locked inside the mountain, these seeds lie frozen, dormant, and isolated from all that gives them life.
Over the last 4 years, the biodiverSEEDy project has been researching the Svalbard Global Seed Vault as a model for the conservation of diverse crop seeds and how this relates to the practice of keeping them alive in farmers hands. Forgotten Stories of Frozen Seeds is the concluding event of this project but the beginning of a campaign to better conserve the cultural connections of seeds.
This event will exhibit artworks created by professional artists and farming communities from around the world and capturing the connections between nature and culture in living seeds. Selected international artists will speak about the inspiration behind their works and the project's scientists will discuss why art is important for agricultural biodiversity conservation. Then, just like the seeds, these artistic works will be packed inside sealed boxes, transported to Svalbard and entombed in the mountain. Where they will then lie forever frozen alongside the seeds in the vault.
This is the one and only opportunity to see these unique artworks before they are buried so don't miss out!
The event is free and open to all.
Drinks and a light meal will be served.