My North—Episode 14: Genevieve Gorder

My North—Episode 14: Genevieve Gorder


I’m Genevieve Gorder, and this is My North. I don’t really think I understood where I was from as clearly as I did the day I left. I left very young, at like 17 and went to college, and then came to New York when I was 19. The first couple years I was here, the thing I missed most was just the synchronicity of urbanity and nature, which I had so much of growing up. I grew up in the middle of the city, on a lake, five minutes from downtown. Here I have to really seek out those moments, and I would always find myself unconsciously going, not to the ocean, but to the lakes of New York cause I missed– it’s part of, also part of our like general make up. Lakes are a language coming from where we come from. It’s not like a couple of lakes, like there’s over 12000. It’s part of our heritage. You go away and you go connect with nature and it’s part of the balance of life that’s Scandinavian. I missed that, I missed birch trees and the sound they make when they blow. It’s like, it’s a birch tickle. It’s not a, wohwohwoh, it’s a, thssssss, it’s very light. I think it’s much like Scandinavia in that– which is also a creative vortex. I mean for the populace of very small countries, I mean we’re talking 4 million which is my state. Minnesota is 4 million, that’s all of Norway, you know. But what they pump out and their weight on the design and art world is so immense and so high. I think there’s something genetically connected, of course being that our base from that part of the world and one of the only places in the country that really have that base of settlers, that bloodline. Do I think it’s just that? Absolutely not, it’s when it gets all mixed up with everyone else that it gets really cool and that’s when you get Prince. But you know, we can all say immediately what the South is, what they eat how they dance what the music is what the faces almost. East coast you think of New York and all of that of the West we go to the surf culture in California. We are the North but we don’t talk about it in a way that is showy because that is our heritage. That’s why Prince, you don’t find out 99 percent of the stuff about his philanthropic deeds until he dies. We don’t talk about our glory. So you have to come and see it. And it’s big. Directed by Matthew Salcuse Shot and edited by Brenden Savi


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