700IS Reindeerland 2015

Program on 22/01/2015

Showing at the Nordic house

Norwegian selection
Curated by Margarida Paiva

Shown in Conference room on the opening night and thereafter on a screen
on lower floor from 24/1 - 15/2/2015

MADATAC program from Madrid

Curated by Iury Lech

Shown in Conference room on the opening night and thereafter on a screen
on lower floor from 24/1 - 15/2/2015

ONLY ON THE OPENING NIGHT

IN COLLABORATION WITH ZKM TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

with support from Goethe Institut.




Go North: Lena Zwerina, Lukas Rehm, Jan Cordes

Go North is a project by the "Go Public" seminar, developed by the digital media department of Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Germany. It’s objective is the reclamation of the public space as a site of cultural place, encounter and play by artisticmeans. Outside the comforting realms of the white cube, new locations are being examined, experimented with and transformed into temporary exhibition spaces.
For the 700IS Reindeerland exhibition in the Nordic house in Reykjavík three MA media art students from Karlsruhe will present their works, several of them were prepared during their travel from Reykjavik to Egilsstaðir in October. The artists therefore are interested in the experiment to react to the inspiration given by the experience in Iceland and offer their artistic interpretation within their performances, sound sculptures, films and installations to the audience at the site.



 

Showing at the National Gallery of Iceland 2014

 

Sigrún Hrólfsdóttir

Substance, 2014

In her work, Sigrún Hrólfsdóttir explores the non-material realm of emotions and the interplay of the inner world and the personal with the outer world of ideas and symbols.
In her newest work, emotional activity is materialized in a straightforward way.
Hands pull colorful pieces of fabric from a head, and a face is lit up in various colors, a sincere and almost childlike adoration and idealization of the field of emotions, inspired by the expressionistic paintings of Gabriele Munther and images from modern fMRI scanners.

Sigrún Hrólfsdóttir works in different media. Her last solo exhibition in Kunstschlager, Reykjavik was called The Future Ones, and consisted of paintings and installation of lights and sheer fabrics. Sigrun is also a member of The Icelandic Love Corporation, a group of three artists. They work in all possible media with roots in performance art. Their work has been exhibited around the globe and is featured in various public and private collections. More information on Sigrún’s work can be found at www.ilc.is
and www.this.is/sigrunhrolfsdottir

 

 

 

 

Sigurður Guðjónsson


Sigurður Guðjónsson (f. 1975) vinnur myndbandsverk þar sem mynd, hljóð og rými eru órofa heild. Heimur verkanna er fjarlægur og dregur áhorfandann að kjarna verksins í gegnum nánast líkamlega upplifun af samspili myndar og hljóðs við umhverfið. Verk hans hafa verið sýnd á fjölmörgum einka- og samsýningum meðal annars Listasafni Íslands, Listasafni Reykjavíkur, Hafnarborg, Liverpool Biennial, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Bergen Kunsthall, Hamburger Bahnhof, Tromsø Kunstforening og Arario Gallery í Beijing.

Sigurdur Gudjónsson (b. 1975) makes videos where image, sound, and space form a seamless whole.The distant world of these works draws the viewer toward its core, through a near-bodily experience of the interplay of image and sound with the setting. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarborg, Iceland, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany, Arario Gallery, Beijing, Liverpool Biennial, Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway,  Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Kling & Bang Gallery and Bergen Kunsthall Norway.

 

 


see previous works shown at the National Gallery of Iceland below


700IS Reindeerland 2014

Artists showing in east Iceland

CHAN Hilda
When There Were 10 Suns in the Sky
5:06 min

- Why is there always a vast blank haziness above my head?
- my internal clock kept winding in rapid speed.
- Where is the beginning, middle and the end?
- the repetitive non-stop blinking is killing me.
- I saw a collection of my face everywhere, on
every surfaces
.

Chan Hilda
FONG Silas
Towards the Air
8:06 min

Nothing has really happened. You wouldn’t worry anymore, if your passport expired, if a bottle of
beer poured into your camera, or even your phone is pickpocketed. As everything at that day would return to where it came. What more could one expect?
Chan Hilda

CHU Birdy
Excuse Me, While I Kiss the Sky
5:04 min

Years ago, I migrated to Canada, then, I have
come back home with the love of Hong Kong’s lifestyle, the cultural memories…
But, the island is no longer at its ease; I start to
miss the home afar -
the air of freedom, the extensive landscape, the natural forest, are what I longed for!
Now, however, living in this forever-oppressing space, I can only glimpse at the sky to release my melancholy…

The moving images feature the sky of my second home. I wish the images and space at this point in time can soothe the wound of our soul, and I wish, this island would have a sky with more freedom…

Chan Hilda

HO Sik Ying
A Woman in A Flat
5:16 min

This is a story about how a woman with a flat
(or situated in the note “A flat”) can use herself,
her body and performative actions to create a
social movement. I believe that every time I tell
my story, I become a better person with all the
re-writings that bring a deeper level of awareness.
I also hope that it would encourage others to tell their stories, make sense of their lives through the process, and help inspire others. If we can liberate from a narrow self through the telling of a story, writing of a book, a film or any self-project that
can help us look at the bigger sky and re-unite
with a bigger world, it is a therapy that can help
us transform our limitations to something limitless and eternal. The gender, sexual, and body politics of such 'one woman, one movement' is perhaps
part and parcel of the feminist or queer project.

Chan Hilda
LAM Wai Kit
Broken Existence
4:45 min

This video work includes two parts; they
represent my imagination and feeling of the sky.

Every time when I look at the huge sky,
I always wonder if there is another world
behind it, and that world exists in parallel with the
world that I exist now.
However, does it mean that another world has
the same sentiments like ours?

This idea originates from the doubt, assumption
and identification. In our world, is there only
one kind of way of seeing, or is there
something else that is beyond our perception?

Chan Hilda
LEE Jay
Shelter
2:45 min

I am here, enjoying my littleness,
I won't lose into the bottomless whirlpool,
even when facing such a vast world.

Chan Hilda
WONG Ping
Looking at the Small Sky
4:42 min

Stuck in the office for work,
Stuck in the pantry for lunch,
Only one day in a week to look at the blue sky,
52 days a year.
Why does it matter how big the sky is?

Chan Hilda
HUNG Wing Kit
Breath
1:58 min

Hong Kong is a jungle of concrete. Everywhere
are high-rise buildings. Polluted air and trapped in the city, noise from traffics are bounced back and forth. Sky, is usually a narrow gap between the buildings. "Breath" is an experiment trying to put
in context the "concrete", and noise, and the nature together, seeks to remind people the quality of life in the city.

Chan Hilda
WONG Sara
A Linear Story About the City
16:22 min

You are walking down the street following a particular route, which was pre-set 15 years ago. Along this route, you come across sceneries,
which you find familiar yet alienated.
The act of having one foot put in front of the
other brings your body forward.
Your views drift accordingly.
You create a sequence of pictures in your mind
that are characterized by your movement. When you move a step further, the images you just seen vanished and replaced by a new one.

I am interested in the juxtaposition of one’s visual experience to the text/ verbal illustration of a place, and how we relate it to our personal spatial experience and observation. It is a personal intervention to the authoritative account of a city.
It is also my imagination of traveling in and between cities and sensing their space without the given structure.

Chan Hilda
MAK Shing Fung
Firework
4:35 min

Animation drawn in traditional ink painting is uniquely Chinese. However, due to the
complicated process, it is not popular and is dying out. I tried to use computer to simplify the working process and hope to find a new life for this type of media.

Chan Hilda
Dorotea Doreen ETZLER
Snowden Glitch
3:55 min

Three years before Edward Snowden was born,
the German post-punk band Fehlfarben (lit.:
“wrong colours”) published the song “Ein Jahr
(Es geht voran)”
/“One Year (It's Moving on)”, which became a hymn for the squatters’ movement at that time.
The aim of the so-called “Häuserkampf” - “Fight for Houses” - was to gain the right to control the privacy of our places of residence.

Today, Snowden's revelations give rise to the
issues concerning our right to control our private communications, taking place in virtual space.

By deconstructing a press photo that shows Snowden's media presence in Hong Kong, I highlight the manipulability of digital images as
well as the likelihood of his gradual disappearance from public view.

The editing rhythm of Snowden Glitch follows
the rhythm of this song, which is not heard in the video. Instead the lyrics are visualised in four significant languages.

 

Chan Hilda
CHENG Enoch
Grounded
4:35 min

A: How are you feeling?
B: Liberated. And you?
A: Cramped. Well, I think of you.
B: Me too. Please have a wonderful journey.
A: Likewise.

Chan Hilda
LO Yin Shan
Meditating at the Central Point of the Kingdom
5:00 min

Wandering along the median axis of Peking,
from north to south, from the Sun to the Purple
Star,the delicate body is disquieted by torrents of
history among noises in the ruined labyrinth.
The Chinese Sky has been the mirror of almighty powers cutting across orbits of time and space. Meditating the Forbidden City at the central point
of Peking, the Celestial Emperor is waiting for changing colour of future firmament.
Unto darkness, mind and thought disappears deep down the heart – Gate of Heavenly Peace.

Chan Hilda

700IS Reindeerland

Showing at the National Gallery of Iceland

Dodda Maggý - Biography

Dodda Maggý 1981 is an Icelandic artist, filmmaker and composer based in Reykjavík.
She has a BA in Fine Arts from The Icelandic Academy of the Arts and an MFA from The
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Nordic Sound Art program.

While exploring the emotional language of video and music mediated through performance Dodda Maggý creates lyrical work portraying invisible or mentally projected elements such
as perceptual experiences and altered states of consciousness.
Producing audio/visual installations, films, music, sound art or silent moving images
Dodda Maggý attempts to externalize the internal dimensions of dreams, memories
and imagination.

 

 

Snorri Ásmundsson
50 Video Portraits

Snorri Ásmundsson (1966) has for years been making two-minute-long video-portraits of people in his in his immediate environment.

Fifty portraits will be presented publicly for the first time in Iceland in relation to regular video exhibitions that are on display at the National Gallery café.

Among the people portrayed are many known individuals such as Einar Örn Benediktsson, writer Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir, artists Ragnar Kjartansson, Steingrímur Eyfjörð, Erla Þórarinsdóttir, and Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson, musician Krummi Björgvinsson and athlete Gunnar Nelson.

As an artist Snorri seeks to influence society through public interventions and reflections on the people who affect it. He attempts to create disturbances and to attack the consensus of social norms by expanding boundaries through various performances. Snorri's socially engaged performances have often aroused strong reactions in Iceland, for example when he ran for mayor of Reykjavik (2002) and as chairman of the centre-right political party; Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn, 2009). He also ran for office as President of Iceland (2004), sold letters of indulgence, advertised for corpses for use in performance, and recently he has attracted much attention for his video in the social media in which he appears in drag singing the national anthem of Israel in a dance version along with his dancing friends, including young men with mental disabilities, who are dressed as Hasidim Jews.

 

 

 

 

>> REAL DELICACIES

a selection of Brazilian videos
<curated by Kika Nicolela>

A look on the random, on landscape,
on daily life.
Small actions, delicate displacements.
The poetry in the mundane.
The power of delicacy.
The vulnerable image.

A compilation of Brazilian recent videos. These artists articulate images from reality, and escape definitions of genre – documentary, experimental, fiction? - to weave a personnel poetic drawn from the subject's relation to
his or her surroundings, while avoiding technical mannerisms or superfluous effects.

>> Program // about 77 minutes

Adorável Criatura / Lovely Creature Dellani Lima, 2012, 09'

What would you die for?
Atemporal / Timeless Sara Não Tem Nome, 2013, 01'11''

The tempest passed within time. Timeless,
the time stopped. Ainda / Still Ana Teixeira & Kika Nicolela, 2012, 14'
The video reenacts the process of mourning and of a possible rebirth.

Pequenas Glórias Matinais / Small Morning Glories Lucas Bambozzi, 2013, 07'
Every early morning... the bedroom as an inverted camera.

Untitled (Eliot on the Lake) Andrea Velloso, 2013, 10'
The last day at the lake house is experienced deeply by a woman in a singular state of soul. She contemplates all the spaces with her presence and ritualizes a farewell to the places and private perceptions out of time.

Nem Mesmo Escuto a Minha Alma / Not Even Listen to my Soul Angella Conte, 2012, 08'
Video shot in the Alfama neighborhood in Lisbon, where the private is public. The artist tries to contaminate the cacophony of mixed noises, voices and songs, with her own silence.

Mauro em Caiena / Mauro in Caiena Leonardo Mouramateus, 2012, 18'
I really admire this skill, Mauro. This art of becoming something else. Like a dinosaur or a memory.

Notes from My Heart Arthur Tuoto, 2009, 04'
Confessions of an alienated heart.
Estrela / Star Dellani Lima, 2012, 03'
The first star I see will make my wish come true.

 

 

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Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir - Biography

Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, born 1976 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland. Gunnarsdóttir studied at UCLA in Los Angeles and at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Ásdís Sif is known for her performances that take place in unconventional places and her video installations consisting of three dimensionality and visual psychedelic poetry. Treating videos as songs, Ásdís Sif vj´s together combination of her videos and reads poetry over them. Her art work can vary from large video installations and performances to spoken word poetry and photography.

See more here:
http://vimeo.com/user9621980

 

 

 

Nina Lassila - Biography

Nina Lassila is a visual artist born 1974 in Helsinki Finland but lives and works in Berlin
& Gothenburg SE since 2000.

Nina Lassila has mainly 3 larger bodies of work that she continues developing. They are; site & issue specific video works, performances for video and a series of telepathic live events.

The field of her interest spans from existential
& gender issues to paranormal science.
She criticizes, scrutinizes and dwells into different topics.

As an artist Nina sees herself having a sort of
an artistic license with which she moves freely around in different areas of phenomena and themes. In her performance based works she deals with questions of identity – specifically identity affected by social barriers, conventions based
on gender and upbringing and cultural differences.

She has taken part in several group shows and video festivals internationally i.e The Istanbul
Biennial, Rencontres Internationals Paris /
Berlin / Madrid, Kassel Documentary & Video art festival, LOOP Barcelona, Une Chambre á soi in Paris.

 

 

Renaud Perrin - Biography

Born in 1977 in France, he studied at "Ecole supérieure des arts décoratifs" in Strasbourg.
Since 2002 he lives in Marseille where he is an illustrator for newspapers and magazines (Le monde, The Guardian, XXI...).

He has illustrated fifteen books (catalogue, flipbook or books for children) published by Thierry Magnier, Albin Michel, Napa books or Le Rouergue jeunesse.
He regulary exhibits etchings, drawings and installations.

He has directed five animated shorts with musicians Boya and John Deneuve.

"Lettres à la mer", done with the spanish director Julien Telle, has been shown in several festivals in Europe.

Website : http://perrin.renaud.free.fr

Chan Hilda

 

13 artists from Hong Kong showing in the

National Gallery of Iceland

from the 6th - 27th of March 2014

CHAN Hilda
When There Were 10 Suns in the Sky
5:06 min

- Why is there always a vast blank haziness above my head?
- my internal clock kept winding in rapid speed.
- Where is the beginning, middle and the end?
- the repetitive non-stop blinking is killing me.
- I saw a collection of my face everywhere, on
every surfaces
.

Chan Hilda
FONG Silas
Towards the Air
8:06 min

Nothing has really happened. You wouldn’t worry anymore, if your passport expired, if a bottle of
beer poured into your camera, or even your phone is pickpocketed. As everything at that day would return to where it came. What more could one expect?
Chan Hilda

CHU Birdy
Excuse Me, While I Kiss the Sky
5:04 min

Years ago, I migrated to Canada, then, I have
come back home with the love of Hong Kong’s lifestyle, the cultural memories…
But, the island is no longer at its ease; I start to
miss the home afar -
the air of freedom, the extensive landscape, the natural forest, are what I longed for!
Now, however, living in this forever-oppressing space, I can only glimpse at the sky to release my melancholy…

The moving images feature the sky of my second home. I wish the images and space at this point in time can soothe the wound of our soul, and I wish, this island would have a sky with more freedom…

Chan Hilda

HO Sik Ying
A Woman in A Flat
5:16 min

This is a story about how a woman with a flat
(or situated in the note “A flat”) can use herself,
her body and performative actions to create a
social movement. I believe that every time I tell
my story, I become a better person with all the
re-writings that bring a deeper level of awareness.
I also hope that it would encourage others to tell their stories, make sense of their lives through the process, and help inspire others. If we can liberate from a narrow self through the telling of a story, writing of a book, a film or any self-project that
can help us look at the bigger sky and re-unite
with a bigger world, it is a therapy that can help
us transform our limitations to something limitless and eternal. The gender, sexual, and body politics of such 'one woman, one movement' is perhaps
part and parcel of the feminist or queer project.

Chan Hilda
LAM Wai Kit
Broken Existence
4:45 min

This video work includes two parts; they
represent my imagination and feeling of the sky.

Every time when I look at the huge sky,
I always wonder if there is another world
behind it, and that world exists in parallel with the
world that I exist now.
However, does it mean that another world has
the same sentiments like ours?

This idea originates from the doubt, assumption
and identification. In our world, is there only
one kind of way of seeing, or is there
something else that is beyond our perception?

Chan Hilda
LEE Jay
Shelter
2:45 min

I am here, enjoying my littleness,
I won't lose into the bottomless whirlpool,
even when facing such a vast world.

Chan Hilda
WONG Ping
Looking at the Small Sky
4:42 min

Stuck in the office for work,
Stuck in the pantry for lunch,
Only one day in a week to look at the blue sky,
52 days a year.
Why does it matter how big the sky is?

Chan Hilda
HUNG Wing Kit
Breath
1:58 min

Hong Kong is a jungle of concrete. Everywhere
are high-rise buildings. Polluted air and trapped in the city, noise from traffics are bounced back and forth. Sky, is usually a narrow gap between the buildings. "Breath" is an experiment trying to put
in context the "concrete", and noise, and the nature together, seeks to remind people the quality of life in the city.

Chan Hilda
WONG Sara
A Linear Story About the City
16:22 min

You are walking down the street following a particular route, which was pre-set 15 years ago. Along this route, you come across sceneries,
which you find familiar yet alienated.
The act of having one foot put in front of the
other brings your body forward.
Your views drift accordingly.
You create a sequence of pictures in your mind
that are characterized by your movement. When you move a step further, the images you just seen vanished and replaced by a new one.

I am interested in the juxtaposition of one’s visual experience to the text/ verbal illustration of a place, and how we relate it to our personal spatial experience and observation. It is a personal intervention to the authoritative account of a city.
It is also my imagination of traveling in and between cities and sensing their space without the given structure.

Chan Hilda
MAK Shing Fung
Firework
4:35 min

Animation drawn in traditional ink painting is uniquely Chinese. However, due to the
complicated process, it is not popular and is dying out. I tried to use computer to simplify the working process and hope to find a new life for this type of media.

Chan Hilda
Dorotea Doreen ETZLER
Snowden Glitch
3:55 min

Three years before Edward Snowden was born,
the German post-punk band Fehlfarben (lit.:
“wrong colours”) published the song “Ein Jahr
(Es geht voran)”
/“One Year (It's Moving on)”, which became a hymn for the squatters’ movement at that time.
The aim of the so-called “Häuserkampf” - “Fight for Houses” - was to gain the right to control the privacy of our places of residence.

Today, Snowden's revelations give rise to the
issues concerning our right to control our private communications, taking place in virtual space.

By deconstructing a press photo that shows Snowden's media presence in Hong Kong, I highlight the manipulability of digital images as
well as the likelihood of his gradual disappearance from public view.

The editing rhythm of Snowden Glitch follows
the rhythm of this song, which is not heard in the video. Instead the lyrics are visualised in four significant languages.

 

Chan Hilda
CHENG Enoch
Grounded
4:35 min

A: How are you feeling?
B: Liberated. And you?
A: Cramped. Well, I think of you.
B: Me too. Please have a wonderful journey.
A: Likewise.

Chan Hilda
LO Yin Shan
Meditating at the Central Point of the Kingdom
5:00 min

Wandering along the median axis of Peking,
from north to south, from the Sun to the Purple
Star,the delicate body is disquieted by torrents of
history among noises in the ruined labyrinth.
The Chinese Sky has been the mirror of almighty powers cutting across orbits of time and space. Meditating the Forbidden City at the central point
of Peking, the Celestial Emperor is waiting for changing colour of future firmament.
Unto darkness, mind and thought disappears deep down the heart – Gate of Heavenly Peace.

Chan Hilda

 

ICELAND // Conversation #3

6th of February - 8th of February

700IS is taking part in Winterfestival www.vetrarhatid.is

for the second time and this time we will be in 3 venues in Reykjavík:

#1Nordic House www.nordice.is

Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir

installation and performance in the Nordic House.

"Surrounded by the purest blue"

 

#2 The National Gallery of Iceland www.listasafn.is

Video artist of the month will start in the National Gallery Café and will continue until the 130 years anniversary of the Museum and the opening of the Vasulka Chamber.

The first artist taking part is: Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir

with a new video work:

"Story of Creation"

www.siggabjorg.net

 

#3 Reykjavík's City Hall reykjavík.is

Last year during Winterfestival 700IS Reindeerland started the Reykjavík project with an installation of hundreds of artists in the Nordic house, a selection was made of 14 Icelandic video works and it has now travelled to:

Hong Kong, Orkney Islands, Denmark, Spain and France and will finish in Oslo Screen festival in March 2014.

700IS in collaboration with the City Hall has decided to show

"Gaia" by Sigrún Harðardóttir (www.sigrunhardar.is)

and

"Minerva" by Dodda Maggý (www.doddamaggy.info)

 

MAGIC TIMES

---------------

 

 

 

700IS Reindeerland in East Iceland 24th - 27th of October 2013

Theme: Dark/Bright/Rebirth


1. Dodda Maggy (Iceland)

Minerva, video installation
12:00 min / 2013

a lonely owl flies slowly in the darkness, forever approaching, never passing.

2. Þórður Grímsson (Iceland)
MUTE, video installation
10:14 min

Mute is an animation of a two dimensional print work. 
Memories, symbols, expressions, time, feelings, nature, the unnatural and what Freud referred to as „Das Unheimliche“—the uncanny—is Mute. 
It features nightmares, multi-dimensional dreamscapes and the boundaries of reality.

3. Katrin I Jonsdottir Hjordisardottir (Iceland)
Everyday I think I am gonna die!
1:29 min / 2012

Everyday I think I am gonna die - is about guiltiness, guiltiness to allow myself to fear dying on the way to school everyday - where I live in the Western World! - and risk not like risk elsewhere in the world. Where people are in danger of being shot down or bombed down - I feel spoiled western!

4. Sigrún Harðardóttir (Iceland)
Gaia Breathing, A pulse.
2:20 min / 2011

The constructive aspect of the creative forces of the earth.

5. Sigrún Harðardóttir (Iceland)
Gaia in Action
2:20 min / 2011


The Eruption. The deconstructive but egally constructive aspect of the creative forces of the earth.

6. Sigrún Harðardóttir (Iceland)
Gaia in Streaming
2:20 min / 2013

In this piece Gaia’s source for live is the topic. This work demonstrate the visual and
sonic diversity of the streaming water.

7. Thora Gunnarsdottir (Iceland)
Intermission
4:03 min / 2013

A woman is standing in the snow wearing her high heals. What is she doing there? Who is she waiting for? Isn´t she cold? While visions of summer with blue skies, warmth and silhouette of passing flies are persistent.
Time passes with moments of reflection. Grey zones interpret things not said. The limbo between two known things. Whether it´s the intermediaries that people do not pay attention to or the traveling from one place to another. The neither, nor.

8. Elín Anna Þórisdóttir (Iceland)
Jogger
2012

Narrow, shiny, orange-pants barely cover her pussy lips. Uneasy calm in the
symmetric key. Heavy footsteps in the gravel, impulses in the middle. Jogger.
Magnetic Woman with a car and the earth. Rings themselves continually.
Everything revolves around the stakes. Breath jog signal is fast and deep. X is
suddenly flat out. Or what.

9. Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir
KEEP FROZEN part zero
00:46 / 2012


The artist has been conducting the KEEP FROZEN research for several years now after having finished series of social critical art works on the political, cultural and economic situation in Iceland as a local comment on global developments in the first decade of the 21st century.
Keep Frozen artistic research project is an investigation into the childhood memories of the artist of the aesthetics of harbour and waterfront areas. The focus is on rhythm, repetition, forms, colours, labour, movement, touch, reflection, transparency, projection and materials. With the work the artist is focusing on the mechanism of nostalgia. The artist firmly believes that to be able to construct the future we as a collective must look back at the past and recognise it for what it is.
The research has been conducted in diverse places along the Atlantic in Bildudalur, Reykjavik, Essaouira Morocco and Red Hook in New York. All fishing villages and/or docks in various states of being

10. Sigurður Guðjónsson (Iceland)
Glasshouse
4:47 min / 2010 

Gudjónsson makes videos where image, sound, and space form a seamless whole. He finds his ideas in his immediate environment often in abandoned places. These become settings for movement and sound that have laws of their own and generate a strong and nostalgic atmosphere. The distant world of these works draws the viewer toward its core, through a near-bodily experience of the interplay of image and sound with the setting.

 

11. Bjargey Ólafsdóttir (Iceland)
Jean
3:00 min / 1998

Jean is a passionate love story.  A male narrator describes the course of his feelings, from falling in love to being totally possessed by jealousy.  Abstract sequences accompany his storytelling and indicate his ambiguous emotions.  In between, we catch a glimpse of the beautiful woman, Jean, jumping up and down, laughing.

12. Una Lorenzen (Iceland)
In The crack
8:00 min / 2009

At night the hidden folks come out of the rocks and dance with the glacial river. But tracks in the snow lead to some unforeseen events.
A film inspired by a walk I took in 2006 in the Icelandic highlands, Kárahnjúkar. Today the vast amount of land has turned into a giant reservoir.

13. Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir
Keep Frozen part one
6:34 min / 2013


The video was shot on location in 18th century fortified fishing town of Essaouira, Morocco, and in the artist studio in Berlin, Germany. In the video found objects from isolated beach on the Atlantic coast is cast as props.
Keep Frozen artistic research project is an investigation into the childhood memories of the artist of the aesthetics of harbour and waterfront areas. The focus is on rhythm, repetition, forms, colours, labour, movement, touch, reflection, transparency, projection and materials. With the work the artist is focusing on the mechanism of nostalgia. She firmly believes that a step to the future is looking back at the past and recognising it.
The research has been conducted in diverse places along the Atlantic in Bildudalur, Reykjavik, Essaouira Morocco and Red Hook in New York. All fishing villages and/or docks in various states of being.

 

 

14. Auður Arna Oddgeirsdóttir
Memento Mori Dimethyltryptamine
6:30 min / 2013

Dimethyltryptamine(DMT) the spirit molucule
Your brain's pineal gland produces N-N-DMT, melatonin and 5_MEO-DMT while you sleep each night. it is present in small amounts in the bloodstream of all human beings. Medical research indicates that at the moment of death, the melatonin and serotonin in the brain will break-down into DMT after oxygen stops circulating, so each of us may enter the ultimate natural DMT trip at the moment of death. 
Why is DMT in our body, what is DMT role in humans?
What Is the nature of the reality, what is the nature of our minds, what is the function of the mind that we can so quickly shift in these alternate reality.

15. Sari Cedergren
Blær
2:43 min / 2012


This piece is about mans perspective of that which lies on the boundaries of stillness and movement. The way we experience space, time and surroundings with our senses; sight and hearing as well as with memories and emotions. The motion in stillness, as it turns into stillness in motion. How an external motion becomes an internal motion.

16. Selma Hreggviðsdóttir (Iceland)
Departure
5:06 min / 2013

The launch of a ship carries a feeling of promise. What once was a symbol for prosperity, pride and efficiency is now only a distant token of the golden age of the Glasgow ship building industry.

17. Kristin Scheving
Paralells
2009

Traveling is not something that is so unusual in our time but going somewhere and staying for a while is different. In my work I have tried to approach traveling with different way of registrating what is happening around me with trying to registrate the ´feeling´ itself! Not the beauty of the landscape around me but the feeling within myself.

18. Elísabet Brynhildardóttir
Prevaling Rhythm
2:00 min / 2012 

never letting go, never oriented, flashing in the blue continueously.

19. Sally and Mo
Uglimolla
5:41 min

Uglimolla is about beauty and serenity. Sally and Mo strive to be both. They experiment on how best to achieve beauty and serenity. Maybe in the white driven snow and the brisk air of winter. Through their gayety they encounter that things change on the spur of the moment and life is after all meant to be fun.

20. Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir (IS), in collaboration with Ema Nik Thomas (IR)
sparse silence
3:49 min / 2012

Sparse silence shows a human body moving in a lava landscape.
The piece deals with the relationship between the human body and the landscape. The body is a landscape in itself within a bigger surrounding landscape, they affect one another.
 
‘Touched, while touching our landscapes merge’.

21. Viktoría Guðnadóttir
Kindur, video installation
1:51 min / 2011  

When they have the chance they go sit together on a good place. And just sit and chew, constantly.

22. Kríudóttir
Wyrd
3:30 min / 2013

Norns
Celtic, the three
sisters of the Wyrd.

Responsible for
weaving fate - past
present and future.

 

23. Steina (with Woody Vasulka)
In the land of the Elevator Girls
4:00 min / 1989

This film is filmed in Japan and is included here as a reflection on where lots of the influences for Icelandic artists come from. Steina is born in Iceland but has been working in the US for the last 40 years. She with her husband Woody Vasulka is one of video arts pioneers.

24. Sally & Mo
Wuthering Heights
6:37 min / 2010

Sally and Mo, stand side by side on the banks of a small stream. Slowly they walk into the middle of the stream, stop and face each other, then disappear. In a field of freshly cut grass Sally and Mo experience the wide open space in their surreal way. For this they have brought their generator and an army of fans. The generator produces energy for the fans and Sally and Mo have completed their task. Music and sounds composed by Selló - Stína

Guest curators: Eva Olsson & Jonas Nilsson, art:screen, Sweden

1. Jean-Gabriel Périot (France)
Les Barbares
4:59 min / 2010

We are scum, we are babarians.

2. Aaron Oldenburg (USA)
Pieces of Jonestown
3:28 min / 2010

The video is of the empty field in Guyana that used to be Jonestown, where the Peoples Temple massacre occurred in 1978, as well as the surrounding towns and villages. The audio is composed of selections from interviews conducted nearby with local residents Wilfred Jupiter and Carlton Daniels in June, 2010.

3. Andres Pineros (Columbia)
Lost bullets
1:41 min / 2011

In Colombia there are multiple cases of victims of stray bullets that motivated me to make this video that shows the amount of chance that is implicit in the phenomenon of stray bullets and also refers to the contradiction that implies that members of the security forces are involved in these cases (citing INDUMIL, company responsible for the manufacture of monitions from the army of Colombia).
The principal concepts treated in the video are absence and emptiness.

4. Ellen Mueller (USA)
Preparing for Bioterrorism
2:19 min / 2011

By blurring the line between fact and fiction, this series of videos explores an addiction to both preparedness and fear in our society, while addressing the everyday challenge of resisting change and maintaining control.The series focuses on the fear generated by a chaotic world of non-stop technological revolution, impending global climate change, and hyperactive news media. I use humor and absurdist situations as a method for dealing with these challenging topics in an indirect way. My goal is to bring awareness of this
resistance to change and fear of the unknown to the forefront of the participant's mind, while actively engaging the individual's personal experiences.

5. Nicola Bergström Hansen (Sweden)
Excavation No.2
5:00 min / 2009

In Excavation No.2 YouTube clips of men and women shooting into the forest are accompanied by sentences that change with every gunshot. The sentences are all written by John Muir; A romantic naturalist and the father of Yosemite national park. Muirs romantic view on nature contrasts the violent video clips but they both speak of our relationship to nature.
Excavation No.2 originates from a dusty shelf in the library as well as from the dynamic, and shifting archive of YouTube.

6. Black & Jones (USA)
A Short History of Flight
1:32 min / 2009

Since our childhood, we have been fascinated with flight. Unfortunately, humanity has used this great invention as a way to destroy and kill at unimaginable levels.

7. Evelin Stermitz (Austria)
Women in War
3:05 min / 2010

This video work came into being during a research on the tag 'women' on YouTube, and through this finding stereotyped videos with women's images entitled like 'Most Beautiful Women', 'Famous Sexy Women', and so forth. By re-editing the found videos and underlaying the material with sounds from reports on women in war and violence against women, the final video became a strange subversion of women's media images and the woman as a commodified object becomes obvious. The video is split between women's images in media and the sound of the real, to break with a world of male illusions and enter the field of male transgression.
'Women in War' is a metaphor for women's images in the media war and real war.

8. Max Hattler (UK)
Spin
3:55 min / 2010

Toy soldiers marching and moving in harmony, spinning and rotating, erupting and exploding.
When conflict becomes a spectacle, the lines between destruction and entertainment get blurred
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Works shown in Nordic House 2013

List of artists selected by Kristín Scheving 700IS Reindeerland
Dodda Maggy (Iceland), Þórður Grímsson (Iceland), Katrin I Jonsdottir Hjordisardottir (Iceland), Sigrún Harðardóttir (Iceland), Thora Gunnarsdottir (Iceland), Elín Anna Þórisdóttir (Iceland), Óskar Ericsson (Iceland), Hlynur Helgason (Iceland), Bjargey Ólafsdóttir (Iceland), Una Lorenzen (Iceland), Habby Ósk (Iceland), Auður Arna Oddgeirsdóttir (Iceland), Sari Cedergren (Iceland) Selma Hreggviðsdóttir (Iceland) Kristín Scheving (Iceland), Elísabet Brynhildardóttir (Iceland), Sally and Mo (Iceland), Þóra Sólveig Bergsteinsdóttir (Iceland/Norway) and Ema Nik Thomas (Ireland), Viktoría Guðnadóttir (Iceland/Holland), Kristín Helga Káradóttir (Iceland)

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List of artists selected by: Gioula Papadopoulou & Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos, Festival Miden, Greece
NOMINT, (Greece), Nikos Giavropoulos (Greece), Poly Kokkinia (Greece), Mary Zygouri (Greece-Italy), Gioula Papadopoulou (Greece), Theodoros Zafeiropoulos (USA), Dimitris Tzamouranis (Germany), Andreas Savva (Greece), Giorgos Maraziotis (Greece), Bill Balaskas, (UK) Courtesy of Kalfayan Galleries (Athens - Thessaloniki) Andreas Sitorengo (Greece)

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List of artists selected by: Alysse Stepanian, Manipulated Image, LA, USA
Christopher Coleman (USA), Wei-Ming Ho (Taiwan), M.R.Adytama Pranada Charda (Indonesia), Guli Silberstein (UK-Israel), Alysse Stepanian (USA) Armenian/Farsi/English subtitles, Farideh Shahsavarani (Iran & USA), Morehshin Allahyari (USA), Jonathan Monaghan (USA), Eric Hynynen (Finland), Kasumi (USA), Michael Lasater (USA)

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List of artists selected by: Eva Olsson & Jonas Nilsson, art:screen, Sweden
Jean-Gabriel Périot (France), Aaron Oldenburg (USA), Andres Pineros (Columbia)
Ellen Mueller (USA), Nicola Bergström Hansen, (Sweden) Black & Jones (USA)
Evelin Stermitz (Austria) Max Hattler (UK)

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List of artists selected by: Stina Pehrsdotter and Niclas Hallberg - Sweden
Marty McCutcheon (USA), Kika Nicolela (Brazil), Ambuja Magaji (India), Zachary Sandler (USA), Simone Stoll (Germany), Niclas Hallberg (Sweden), Anders Weberg (Sweden), Michael Chang (Denmark), Alison Williams (South Africa), Per E Riksson (Sweden), John Pirard (Belgium), Joy Whalen (USA), Ulf Kristiansen (Norway), Stina Pehrsdotter (Sweden), Joshua Sandler (USA), Hélène Abram (France), Brad Wise (USA), Ronee Hui (England), Lucas Bambozzi (Brazil), Kai Lossgott (South Africa), Alberto Guerreiro (Portugal), Dellani Lima (Brazil), Jan Kather (USA), Arthur Tuoto (Brazil), Nung-Hsin Hu (Taiwan), Alicia Felberbaum (England)

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List of artists selected by: Kathy Zarur, Palestine/USA/UAE
Jessica Mein (Brazil), Vartan Avakian (Lebanon), Monira Al Qadiri (Kuwait), Rokni Haerizadeh (Iran)

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List of artists selected by: Vika Ilyushkina, Cyland Media ArtLab, Russia
Julia Zastava (Russia), Nikolai Kurbatskii (Russia), Olga Zhitlina (Russia), Anton Hlabov (Russia), Andrey Ustinov (Russia) Kirill Shuvalov (Russia), Masha Sha (Russia) Yuri Vasiliev (Russia), Maxim Svishev (Russia), Veronika Rudyeva-Ryazantseva (Russia)

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List of artists selected by: Mona Bentzen AVE-­‐Norway
Sindy Kliche (Norway), Kaia Hugin (Norway), Marte Vold (Norway), Solveig Syversen (Norway), Birgitte Sigmundstad (Norway), Kristine Halmrast (Norway), Claudia Reinhardt (Norway), Isellin Linstad Hauge (Norway), Anne Marthe Dyvik (Norway), Mona Bentzen (Norway)

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List of artists selected by: Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, Director & Chief curator Cologne International VideoartFestival and artvideoKOELN
Mattias Härenstam (Sweden), Alexey Rumyantsev (Tajikistan), Albert Merino (Spain), Francesca Fini (Italy), Sarah Mock (Germany), Shahar Marcus (Israel), Yuriy Kruchak, Yulia Kostereva (Ukraine), Johanna Reich ( Germany), Ramon Suau Lleal (Spain)

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List of artists selected by: Kaarina Ormio, Galleria Huuto, Finland
Nina Lassila (Finland), Salla Myllylä (Finland), Maija Blåfield (Finland), Jarkko Räsänen (Finland), Pasi Autio (Finland), Salla Myllylä (Finland)

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List of artists selected by: IVANOV + CHAN, Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival. Orkney. Scotland
Makino Takashi (Japan), Marianna Mørkøre & Rannvá Káradóttir (Faeroe)
Valentina Ferrandes (Italy), Aunstrup & Hafslund (England - Denmark)
Flo Kaufmann + Zimoun (Switzerland), Filippos Tsitsopoulos (Spain)