Master of Architecture - University of Newcastle

Tom Dufficy

Tom Dufficy

NORDFOR SOLA

Norwegian for North of the Sun, the project is a gallery of sorts, housing a collection of analogue records. An analogue medium created in the hopes it might be a panacea to our over reliance on digitally created, stored and consumed data. Which, in its decentralisation seems secure, but is in actuality quite fragile due to the mediums upon which it is stored.

The antithesis to always-accessible digital information, the collection is only accessible and legible at the whim of climactic conditions - the midnight sun permits near 24 hour access, but the polar night makes access near-impossible in the darkness, save for the illumination of the northern lights.

Tom Dufficy

NORDFOR SOLA

Our existence is increasingly digital, our stories compressed into abstract binary code, kept on volatile storage media. Technology has brought us closer together and yet we feel more divided than ever. Nordfor Sola is an archive of analogue records: voices and stories preserved in glass. Every story matters, and all voices count.

The antithesis to the always-accessible, decentralised digital, the archive is buried within a mountain and accessible only during the summer. Pilgrims can explore the myriad stories within, but they must first make the journey north and climb the mountain, and the records cannot leave the archive.

With the first sunrise after the polar night, the mechanisms within the vault door release, unlocking the archive. The midnight sun illuminates the collection 24 hours a day, allowing the archiving of new stories or retrieval and playback of old ones. As the sun sets for the last time before the polar night, the mechanisms lock the archive once more until the sun returns.

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