Program for Governing Bodies in Östersund.


Value as Process – Workshops on the Human Microbiota, Östersund 17-20/6/2021

For the Östersund workshop we will collectively take a closer look at the value of microbes and the value of studying microbes. What makes them valuable to us? What can microbes teach us about value? Can they shape what we value?

We all use value judgements in our everyday, for instance when we decide what to buy and what to eat. We all have our likes and dislikes, things we are drawn to and think are important in life. It does not seem, when asked, as if we have any trouble identifying what is “really valuable” to us. But when we try to explain what value really is, we run into trouble. Philosophers have been trying to explain what value is for thousands of years and the study of value actually has its own philosophical field, called axiology.

Interdisciplinary work brings different value systems into dialogue and microbes teach us to look at how things change over time. So where axiology tries to define what value actually is, we propose that we look at value as process. What happens when different values meet? How do they transform each other?

By approaching value this way, we want to inspire new ideas and new solutions rather than creating polarisation and discussions about opposing value systems. We hope that diverging opinions and and life choices can coexist within the platforms that we offer for exchange.


Program: Governing Bodies – Östersund -Value as process.

17 June  (Thursday)
- Carola Uehlken, Giada Lo Re and Per Huttner visit Gert Andersson at Konsthallen Raftsjöhöjden.
- Buy Food and drinks for weekend.
- Carima Neusser arrives.
- Freddie Ross, Carola Uehlken and Per Huttner hold short seminar about publication.

18 June  (Friday)
- Breakfast (Special porridge and herb teas.)
- Freddie Ross, Carola Uehlken and Per Huttner hold short seminar about publication.
- Carima Neusser prepares at Döda fallet
- Lunch – who cooks?
- Emil something via Zoom
- Kurt Johannessen “Klumpning “ during walk in forest at Stuguberget. (Via zoom/skype and with special publication )
- Build Sweat Lodge at Freddie Ross’s. (we will do this in small groups as to meet the covid regulations). Carola Uehlken talks about sweat lodges.
- Dinner — who cooks? One pot over the fire. (Mehdi’s Thai Soy meat/Coconot milk?)

19 June (Saturday)
- Breakfast (Special porridge and herb teas.)
- Döda fallet: Visit and collective performance lead by Carima Neusser on wooden decks.
- Visit to Magnus Gunnarson who makes his own greenhouses called Nemo. He will also talk about how to enrich soil with microbes. (We bring picknick. or Magnus partner cooks )
- Elias Arnér och MaiBritt Giacobini via zoom (about the value of art and science).
- Dinner (Alida‘s potato salad and grav-lochs/cured salmon).

20 June  (Sunday) Public event
- Breakfast (Special porridge and herb teas.)
- 12.00 noon. Public event: A guided tour where the group talk about the project. Location Torvalla konststig (More info here: )
- Departure Sunday evening/Monday morning.


The project has developed out of a collective investigation called The Nature Inside and is supported by The Nordic Culture Fund in Copenhagen Längmanska kulturfonden as well as the Nordic Culture Point in Helsinki..