Centre for Nordic Otherwise

︎︎︎ Copenhagen, DK



Knocking on doors and making warm connections Applying for arts and culture funding to launch the Centre


Centre for
Nordic Otherwise

Centre for Nordic Otherwise will be a cultural centre based in Copenhagen, Denmark established in a future near you. It is a creative home for emerging artists to build and sustain their commitments to liberatory work1 in the Nordic region. The Centre’s unique edge is its critical artist development curriculum. 

Nordic Otherwise was initiated in response to the need for resources2 capable of supporting the Nordic racialized artist and the criticality of their art-making processes. We will run initiatives including an intensive course, community programming and independent scholarly research. We do this in cahoots with others in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and other western contexts. What we do is both intimate—touching the artist, their materials, and their deepest concerns—and meta—developing strategies capable of supporting critical art practice.3


Nordic Otherwise is designed by and for4 emerging critical creative practitioners of the global majority (BIPoC) navigating life in western Nordic contexts. We will support folks who explore, for example, architecture and Black critical thought; textiles and ecofeminism; jazz and Islamophobia; ceramics and queerness; performance and disability studies; archiving and immigration; internet art and Indigenous knowledges, etc. We aim to be a trustworthy model for how to move towards divergence, autonomy, liberation, and plural realities in western Nordic contexts.


In addition to addressing the needs of our artist community, we do academic research that aims to contribute to how art is taught, researched, evaluated, and understood. Nordic Otherwise designs interventions on the orderly academic apparatus of knowledge production. We seek to undiscipline5 critical artistic research.

For more information or to support this project, contact Myriam D. Diatta at myriamddiatta[at]gmail[dot]com or visit myriamdiatta.com

See Otherwise Worlds: Against Settler Colonialism and Anti-Blackness, Editor(s): Tiffany Lethabo King, Jenell Navarro, Andrea Smith, Duke University Press. 
Read Claudine Zia’s report on idoart.dk and StrikeMOMA Working Group of the International Imagination of Anti-National Anti-Imperialist Feelings (IIAAF).
“When one suddenly finds oneself in the midst of a complicated political situation, it is hard to ... perform the ... elementary task of identifying, descriptively, what is taking place. ... Achieving an understanding of political justice may require that we first arrive at an understanding of making and unmaking.” —Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World, Published in 1985, Pages 278, 326. 

See BUFU Collective (2015), How High (2001),  Krigwa Players theatre by W.E.B. DuBois and Regina Anderson (1920)  
“Despite knowing otherwise, we are often disciplined into thinking through and along the lines that reinscribe our own annihilation” —Christina Sharpe from In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, Published in 2016
“This is why, as it is for black philosophers ... to be black and critical is necessarily to engage in disorderly conduct, to become ‘undisciplined.’ —Axelle Karera from Blackness and the Pitfalls of Anthropocene Ethics, Published in 2019, Page 49. 

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