The Nordic landscape comprises open oceans and archipelagos and features many isolated islands and other areas. In this geophysical terrain a complex transportation network exists for humans, as does for fish. Humans rely on ferries and airplanes to commute between the various cities, towns, islands, and other areas of interest located in a series of different countries. Fish equally follow well established sea-routes with respect to their own instincts and own migration traditions.  In between those two ends there are scientists, researchers and fishermen studying fish migration patterns, planning accordingly, and eventually conducting sophisticated excursions in order to study or catch fish of interest. Transportation means for humans are often thought of as ‘no- places’; they are not destinations per se but instead, means to some end: a city, an island, a particular scientific/research goal, or a ‘good catch’ fishermen may later sell. Still, they resonate unique stories, images, and sounds that are specific to, and emblematic of, the Nordic landscape as it has been enacted historically, socially and geophysically.

Stories of Flights, Ferries, and Fish is an artistic endeavour conveying stories of commuting people (and fish), and exploring the Nordic landscape, its island complexes and archipelagos, its climate, and the various geophysical phenomena that forge it. The project pivots on  audio-logs, spoken word, sound-art, electroacoustic compositions, field-recordings, interviews, photography, and all sorts of other artefacts to be presented to audiences alongside freshly cooked local fish.

The project is conceived, initiated, and directed by Marinos Koutsomichalis, Jakob Riis, and Jørgen Teller with generous support from the Nordic Council, the Nordic Culture Fund, and a series of local organisations. It also involves a series of local, and nonlocal, artists that have been invited to contribute their own stories of flights ferries, and fish.

contact: fish [at] nustories [dot] nu