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Yilei&Ben

由建筑师Ben(俞闻候)和设计师Yilei(一蕾)在挪威卑尔根创办的跨界文化机构Northing,主要致力于与出版、设计、艺术等相关的中挪文化交流活动。虽然总部设于挪威卑尔根,两位创办人都来自于中国上海,以这样的文化背景和地域特点,Northing希望尽可能多的把挪威的艺术家和设计师以及他们的作品推广到中国,并同时把中国相应的青年文化推介到挪威。

以两人的共同兴趣和热衷——书作为出发点,Northing的大多数项目都是从书开始或受书启发的,这从他们的系列项目“中挪书架奇遇记”的标题中就可见一斑。但归功于他们各自多样化的教育和专业背景,Northing总是能把他们的活动内容拓展到其它领域。对于Northing 来说书不仅是知识和信息的容器,书更是一座连接不同文化和人群的桥梁。在他们作为文化机构的工作实践中,这种桥梁作用,即连接挪威和中国、独立和主流等不同的文化,以及连接出版、设计、教育、建筑、艺术、音乐和表演等不同领域的作用,也越来越清晰地体现出来,成了Northing的核心价值。

2019年,Northing在挪威成立了自己的出版社:Kinakaal Forlag,挪威语意为白菜,以延续Northing对书与出版的憧憬和梦想。

Founded by architect Ben Wenhou Yu and designer Yilei Wang in Bergen, Norway, Northing is a multi-functional organization with a focus on publication, design, cultural events and communication. Based in Bergen, Norway and with an Asian cultural background, Northing is dedicated to promoting Norwegian culture among artists and designers to China and the other way round.

Initiated with the common interest and passion for books, most of Northing’s projects started or inspired by books, as reflected in the title of their project series: China meets Norway in a bookshelf. But they always manage to expand their activities from the books into other fields and areas, owing to their various educational and professional backgrounds, like the children’s concert, which is adapted from a Norwegian picture book,  they developed together with a Chinese orchestra group. For Northing book is not just a container of knowledge and information, but a bridge to connect different cultures and people. Through their practice as a cultural organization, it became also clear to them the bridge function that lies in their own core value, as to connect different cultures - Norwegian and Chinese, independent and mainstream, and to connect different branches - publication, design, education, architecture, art, music and performance, etc.

Recently Northing has also started it’s own publisher in Norway, with a name Kinakaal Forlag, which means Chinese cabbage in Norwegian. Kinakaal Forlag will continue Northing’s dream and ambition in books and publication.


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WENSI ZHAI (Our new member in Finland) is a graphic and illustration artist and curator. She got two Master’s degrees from CAFA and Aalto University. Her works have been invited to group exhibition in UK, Japan, Germany, Finland, Estonia. She has been the co-founder of Shanghai Children’s Picture Book Research Center since 2018, and organise various illustration event internationally. She has hold illustration workshops and lectures in CAFA and RAM museum in China. Her work won the awards of ‘Best of the best’ in Hiii brand international illustration competition, and Shenzhen illustration biennale 2017.

平面插图艺术家翟文思,自2009年工作生活于芬兰赫尔辛基,分别毕业于中央美术学院视觉传达系和芬兰阿尔托大学环境艺术系,双硕士学位。主要从事平面艺术与插图绘画的工作,同时也举办讲座、工作坊和策展工作。芬兰插图师协会和芬兰平面设计师协会会员。于2018年组建上海童书研究中心,为其联合创始人。现为Northing在芬兰的主要负责人,一起拓展Nordic文化和中国文化的交流共鸣。


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