China meets Norway in a bookshelf No.3
CHINA MEETS NORWAY IN A BOOKSHELF No.3
Our Bookshelf project has come to its third year. This time we set our focus on non-commercial comic art. We are working closely with Pamflett and Jippi comics, as well as comic artists like Fredrik Rysjedal and Wang Shuo, and others who contributed in our Mini Zine project.
Sound of the Aurora is a comic performance where Fredrik Rysjedal will perform the two digital comics: Sound of the Aurora and Close, Closer, Closest. Both stories are based around this grandfather that was a war sailor, and the themes of the stories build around family legacy and forgiveness. The stories are based on real events.
Comic Performance is a scenic presentation of a comic, Fredrik edits live the comic panels and visuals together with the musicians that play the Soundtrack live. This time Fredrik will play together with Stephan Miedell, experimental composer and guitarist from Norway, and Chinese musician Lucy Luan (GUZHENG 古筝) and Jacqueline Fan (PIPA 琵琶) with traditional Chinese instrument.
Fredrik is the first and up to now the only comic artist holding a doctor equivalent degree in Norway, and Wang Shuo is also the only comic doctor in China. This time they cooperated through invitation of the Kinakaal, the new established publisher under Northing, on the comic book named Elsewhere. By using their unique comic languages on four common topics, they improvised and delivered eight comic stories, which displayed their different understandings, ways of deepening, and expressions, so that the readers could have a glimpse in the similarities and differences between the two remote cultures from two ends of the earth - two apparently distinctive cultures, Norway and China, started to entangle and resonate with each other through the visual depictions of the comic artists.
As a publication project planed by Northing, Kinakaal publisher wish to open up new possibilities for dialogues, through cooperation with different artists from the two countries, on different cultural (visual, independent, academic, unknown, etc.) dimensions, and facilitate communication. Kinakaal means Chinese cabbage in Norwegian, which is the most common vegetable you find in a Norwegian supermarket. It could be the most direct connection a common Norwegian people has with the word Kina (China). That’s why Northing named it’s publishing house Kinakaal, and hope to inspire discoveries of the subtle connections in disguise between the tow remote cultures. Elsewhere is the first book that will be published under Kinakaal.
Norwegian Mini Zines project might be the first time where so many Norwegian artists worked together for a project developed in China. Most of the artists are well-established and some are renown worldwide such as Anna Fiske and Kanstad Johnsen sisters. Before joining the big Mini Zine family to tour Norway, Norwegian Mini Zines will be released the very first time at the Shanghai Art Book Fair 2019.
Jippi Comics was founded in 1997, and has published more than 100 comic books mainly by Norwegian artists. Norwegian comics have been breaking new grounds in the period, and Jippi has played an important role in this positive development and improvement of the Norwegian comics scene. The ongoing anthology Forresten has been the place both for new talents and for the established creators to test out new concepts. This time, Northing will introduce some of the most experimental tittles from Jippi to China.