Cultural fabric refers to various aspects that together create a particular culture. The Scandinavian countries are well known for a unified cultural heritage since centuries. As a forerunner of such cultural advancements the vikings are a very good example. The Vikings creativity spans creation of products that still inspire our culture of nowadays such as boat building, jewelry and crochet making, leather and metal works to mention a few.
In 2013 the National Museum of Denmark opened one of the biggest Viking exhibitions ever, and I am proud to have gone there documenting the events for a Nordic Culture online media. Most of these images have not been previously published anywhere. Even though the Viking exhibition happened a few years ago an image is worth a thousand words, and looking at the photography material feels like I have gone there yesterday. Due to its very popular format the exhibition moved further from Copenhagen to the British Museum in London, and to the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte in Berlin.
The exhibition has been carefully developed and took place inside and outside the museum introducing to Viking craftsmanship, warfare and way of living. I can only raise my hands and applause to the experience designers who thought of designing events with a focus placed on the quality of culturally relevant ideas involving any kind of viking craftsmanship like metal workers, mead honey wine producers, comp makers, carpenters, handpoking tattooists and so much more. In the nearby canal original Viking passenger boats were anchored letting the public to make a unique boat experience.
One of the most interesting user experiences produced were warfare battle simulations performed by a group of outfitted and skilled actors in the National Museum of Denmark. Furthermore inside the museum there was as well a multimedia show presenting the Vikings as raiders wherever they have gone and runestones. One my way out of the museum there was a yard with many food stands offering viking burgers and beverages, which I rather would consider a bit over the top and not worthwhile an image. Probably the last of the great experiences of this exhibition has been meeting a riding falconer with a trained and very calm eagle-owl.