Ár var alda - At the dawn of Ages
Brute Norse began in 2014 as an educational blog and Q&A service about Norse culture, called Tulen. As time passed it became evident that the concept would not stay in the box, as initially separate projects and aspects of my authorship began to spill over to the blog.
One driving motivation behind Tulen was to dispell the many popular misconceptions about the Viking Age and Norse culture, and bridge the gap between scholarship and the public. However, the need to provide examples that went beyond descriptive academia soon surfaced, as I myself grew increasingly disillusioned with traditional academic outlets. To myself it had always been self-evident that a standing stone, or snippet of Medieval literature, or the etymology of a word, was a powerhouse of existential meaning, connecting us with something archaic and intangible. Small pieces of the human puzzle. Most people don't think like this, and I realized that I needed to lead by example and, for my own sake, find new modes of expression.
The name, and the full transformation of Brute Norse only came in 2017, abandoning Norwegian language content for English. At the same time, I began incorporating more artistry, and more of my long running metaphysical essays, unveiling Brute Norse as a tool of reconciliation between academia, art, and philosophy. And doing so, I became more true to myself, and my motivations.
Working with art, I slowly began to articulate my paradigm, though a work in perpetual development. Because Brute Norse is grounded in the cultural history of the archaic and ancient Nordic, I have chosen to call it Scandifuturism. This philosophical baseline of Brute Norse concerns itself with the mutual interaction of past and present. I have attempted to it the five points below, but for a good example I suggest reading my essay The Trollish Theory of Art, published in Scandinavian Kunstforum.
Five Aspects of Scandifuturism
First: Commemoration and Recontextualisation
The only dead culture is one not remembered. Brute Norse considers Scandinavian cultural heritage as good a filter as any other, to be applied in the creation of meaning, looking for timelessness in modern issues. Scandifuturism retains a holistic perspective of the reception of Norse heritage, traditional livelyhoods, and their insertion into modern contexts.
Because Scandifuturism represents an aesthetic, philosophical, and didactic paradigm, it celebrates the captivating power of stories, myths, and symbols on the human mind. Working with and not against the imagination.
Information, craft, and skill are pivotal to the creation of meaning. Therefore, source criticism is not only an academic responsibility, but an artistic and spiritual conviction. Scandifuturism becomes a tool of analysis and creative discourse on the pre-modern Nordic.
As above, so below. Complementary forces, contrast and opposition as fact of nature. We acknowledge this as a positive force, exemplified in the carnevalesque. The king and fool, the hero and the monster, culture and counter-culture are mirror images of one another. It is not Brute Norse's object to intervene, but observe, comment, educate, and create.
We encourage an enchanted worldview, but one existing within the loop of the world we live in, rather than without it. Scandifuturism is syncretic and nonlinear by definition. It regards the past as a sacred space, connected to us through magical and speculative realism, but not isolated in the vastness of human experience.
Accept the universe
As the gods gave it to you.
If the gods wanted to give you something else
They’d have done it.
If there are other matters and other worlds
– Fernando Pessoa