Arctic is a place that fulfills our utopian pursuits and projections, a place of longing and adventure, where the landscape is frozen and humans struggle to survive in an area without agricultural potentials.

However, things have started to transmute. In the age of the Antropocene, where according to the scientists human activity permanently is changing the planet, the human impact becomes more and more apparent on Earths’ ecosystems. We are all witnessing in the Arctic, a region deeply influential over the rest of the planet a radical change over the last thirty years. {Temperatures are rising at twice the global rate and the Arctic sea ice has shrunk.} It is a matter of wonder for how long we will be able to describe the Arctic as a frozen, unknown white place.

These environmental changes are bringing together economic potentials and developing plans, which have already started to occur in the area.

So far there are few examples of boom towns and areas such as Hammerfest in Norway,

Arctic contains wealth in oil, gas and minerals such as nickel, copper, coal, quartzite, gold, platinum, palladium, which are used among others in high-tech products. These minerals together with the biological resources are converting the area into a goldmine and creating a rush for northern resources.

We live in an era that the words ‘far North’ and ‘Arctic’ will recall different geographical, political, environmental or economic concepts and meanings depending on the viewer’s perspective and needs.

The Gold Edge explores in a lyrical and poetic way this transition between the preconceived ideas of the Arctic and the future image of the area.

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