Location: Moscow, Russia
The North (Sever) is being a persistently conquered territory, yet it continues to resist. This is a zone of eternal cold and a donor of natural resources. The largest wave of northern expeditions in Russia occurred in the first quarter of the 20th century. Around the discovered deposits, new cities and towns were built. Since then, their lifespan has been depending on ores and coal production. In this study, the North is defined as the territories beyond the Arctic Circle. It includes big cities, such as Murmansk or Vorkuta, small settlements, and natural landscapes — tundra, lakes, swamps, etc.
In the North, people seek to hide from the reality of industrial cities. They immerse themselves in their own worlds, constructing new senses and symbols for their locations. The objectives of this study were to reveal how these worlds are organized, why people create them in reality or in imagination, and what else the image of the North can be besides the stereotype of the raw material colony.
Collective or Agency Pole