The Battle for Alta – a digital and analogue exhibition

This winter, we designed a digital and analogue exhibition for the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).

The exhibition itself is a visualisation of the Battle for Alta (‘Kampen om Alta’ in Norwegian).

The Alta conflict was a series of mass protests which took place in Norway in the late 1970s and early 1980s, protests against the construction of a hydroelectric power plant on the Alta river in Finnmark in northern Norway. The Alta conflict received wide-spread political attention and the demonstration against the development of Alta led to a complete reform of Norway’s approach to its indigenous people, the Sami, and became one of Norway’s largest police operations after World War II.

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The conflict was multi-faceted – so it was critical that the exhibition offered insight into the complexity of the conflict as well as the dilemmas currently facing Norway in the field of energy and power.

From the very beginning, the work on concept development and graphic design on the «Battle for Alta» project has been an inspiring, creative and enjoyable partnership with Design Container. It has been an exciting and instructive process and Design Container have been very good at translating content into an accessible digital message, says Sidsel Hindal, project manager at NVE.

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate’s broad project group and our joint aims have contributed to an exhibition that takes shape in both a digital and analogue space. The exhibition was launched at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate on 24 April before moving on to the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology in Oslo. You can visit the exhibition at Kraftmuseet during the whole summer.

The exhibition was developed by the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, the Norwegian Forest Museum and the Norwegian Museum of Hydropower and Industry.

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