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Northing presented itself, its ambitions and missions for the very first time to the public during the 2015 Bergen Art Book Fair. Ben, representing Northing, talked about how Northing came into being and what it planned to do in the near future. One of the main projects mentioned in the talk, Snacks, was realised in 2016. 

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Snacks is a supplement of Art World, the biggest and oldest art magazine in China. It comes out four times a year with a more alternative and liberated style. Each number invites one artist or designer to edit and design the whole magazine. Northing took the job to plan, edit and design issue No. 26. All artists that were featured in this magazine are somehow connected to Bergen. The making of this issue was also supported by Bergen Kommune. Following the tradition of curating Snacks, finding three words to define the main topic(s) of each issue, the issue No. 26 used the words Mountain, Road, and City as its fuse to inspire the participants. The results revealed the reflections the artists have to the relationship between our rapidly urbanizing civilizations and our short-tempered mother nature.

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Snacks No. 26 was very well received in China and Northing, together with Bergen Zines, organized a release party for it at Bergen Kunsthall. Later Northing participated in Bergen Art Book Fair. Besides selling Snacks, Northing also introduced the Norwegian visitors to many art books from China, representing abC/f (Art Book Fair in China).

Northing由建筑师俞闻侯(Ben)和视觉设计师一蕾创立于挪威卑尔根,这个综合文化机构主要从事出版、设计、文化活动和文化传播工作。作为在挪威的中国人创办的机构,Northing致力于把挪威艺术家与设计师之间的文化推广到中国,并希望将来也能向挪威引进中国的当代文化。

Nothing在2015年的卑尔根艺术书展上首次登台,表达了自己的使命和雄心壮志。Ben讲述了Northing成立的过程以及他们近期的计划。其中提到的一个主要项目杂志《零食》已于2016年出版。

《零食》是中国年代最久发行量最大的艺术杂志之一《艺术世界》的副刊。该副刊每年出版四期,风格比主杂志更另类更自由。每一期杂志都会邀请艺术家或设计师编辑设计整本杂志。Northing是第26期零食的策划、编辑和设计师。所有受邀参与的艺术家都与卑尔根这座城市有着不解之缘。该期杂志也获得了卑尔根市政府的支持。《零食》策划的传统是使用三个词来定义这一期的主题,第26期使用下山、上路、进城这三个词作为导火索来启发艺术家,最后的作品表达了艺术家们对不断城市化的人类文明与我们脾气暴躁的自然之母之间复杂关系的反思。

第26期《零食》在中国国内广受好评,Northing连同Bergen Zines在卑尔根艺术大厅为它举办了挪威首发仪式。之后Northing参加了该年的卑尔根艺术书展。除了出售《零食》之外,Northing还代表中国艺术书展abC/f为挪威观众展示了许多来自中国的艺术书。