The Vinland Phenomenon: The Vinland Questionnaire

series of photographs

During summer 2015 I travelled around the island of Newfoundland in search for local stories and ideas about Vinland. Moreover I asked for contributions by means of two radio interviews on VOBB and CBC Radio and the distribution of a questionnaire.
While the actual response to the questionnaire was rather modest the act of hanging it in public spaces resulted in some most project-relevant conversations and contacts. Moreover, documenting the scenes with the hangout became a project of its own which mirrors my travel route and thus my quest for Vinland stories all over Newfoundland − virtually a meta-quest of the original quest for Vinland which I am investigating.

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Digitized Ten Mile Map of Newfoundland (right) courtesy of the Centre of Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland

The places include gas stations, convenience stores, waiting rooms for ferries and airplanes, pharmacies, and libraries. All of these offer some board or space where everyone can put any kind of hangout − from selling a car or a property over community announcements to advertising pet grooming and the invitation to a local dance. The photographs below show a selection of 14 out of a total of 49 places where the Vinland hangout was displayed.

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