Such questions were raised; but not answered; by the contemporary art exhibition; â€˜Five Nordic women artistsâ€™ held in Liverpool in the autumn of 2008. Whilst a discernable â€˜Nordic dimensionâ€™ was aesthetically absent; â€˜the northâ€™ as an organising principle was not. For this is a category wholly constructed by institutions and organisations that operate under the guise of â€˜the northâ€™. Using a range of examples I will seek to argue that â€˜the northâ€™ is; in cultural terms at least; a noetic phenomenon: an abstract or intellectual concept made powerfully real by being objectified in museums; depicted in galleries and named in catalogues; many of which carry the logos of such funders as the Nordic Council; the Norden Association or; last but not least; â€˜Nordic Spacesâ€™ â€“ the consortium that fittingly provided the grant for this paper.
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