JENNY BERG

Trip to the bear mountains 2014-2015


In Longyearbyen, Svalbard, there is a rule that you mustn’t leave the village unarmed, because of the many polar bears that live in the area. The border between civilized society and wilderness seems sharp. I was interested in if, and how this border could be sensed. I travelled to Svalbard twice, first in the autumn of 2014 just as the polar nights began, and secondly in spring 2015.


First trip to the bear mountains, 2014

Flight to Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Documentation, film stills

Renting a signal gun, Sport Center, Longyearbyen, Svalbard 2014. Documentation, film still

Walk to where the village ends 2014. Documentation, film stills


Second trip to the bear mountains, 2015

Walk to where the village ends, 2015. Documentation, film stills

Trying out the snow camouflage in Hostel 102, Longyearbyen, 2015. Photo


Supported by Swedish Arts Council and Nordic culture point



Links to

Trip to the Rabbit Beach 2018

Model of where the willage ends, 2014

Preparations for the journey 2012-2014

Attack simulator 2014

Sensor, the Island 2014