an Arctic UtopiaA visitor to a small town in the utmost North that has
lost its entire population is met by a surprising, subjective vision.
The abandoned coal-mining community beneath the mysterious, pyramid-shaped
mountain appears to him not as a depressing, man-made scar on the Arctic
landscape, but as a formerly harmonious commonwealth where quantity
had given way to quality, and where competitive hierarchies had been
abolished in favor of equality. It is as if the town’s remote
location had not been a source of misery, but instead had made it a
self-sufficient community, in both form and content.
Here, money was deprived of all meaning and had consequently been abandoned
altogether as a medium of transaction. In the visitor’s dream-soaked
mind, the town had once qualified as a utopia in many respects, not
least for having failed to exist.
In looking for something nonexistent, it is the searching and the dreaming
This collection of photographs is a ballad to all ways of life, and
is dedicated to dreams."