Bout: Q&A - Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir and Vasulka Chamber
During the exhibition there will be regular artist talks, delving into the making of the works, their subject and production. The works will be reviewed in light of the artists' oeuvre and the development of video art. Sigurður Trausti Traustason, Head of Collections and Research, and Markús Þór Andrésson, Head of Exhibitions and Education, will speak with the artists and guests are welcome to contribute.
Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir (1977), Aðlifun Anabolism (2006)
Sirra’s installation revolves around a sort of tent or pavilion that almost floats in the air, levitated by an airstream. At the same time, this form functions as a three-dimensional screen reflecting two video projections in orbit inside the work. One depicts circus artists performing balancing acts, while the other shows a stick being dragged along a fence, creating the soundtrack. The work was made for the exhibition spaces in Hafnarhús, as a light and organic reaction to the heavy architecture of this old warehouse. It was part of the collective exhibition Apostles’ Clubhouse over a decade ago.
Steina (1940), Tokyo Four (1991)
Four separate video channels, each with two audio channels, form the basis of this multi-layered work by Steina. Here, all the parts interconnect to form a whole with a corresponding beginning and end. Steina is a prominent figure in the international video art scene and has actively contributed to the art form’s development in her long career, which harks back to the very beginnings of this medium. In her work, Tokyo Four, the visual construction is inspired by the world of music, working with variations on certain basic themes. The visuals seem almost randomly sourced from wide and far, and they are treated in various ways; mirrored, overturned, slowed down, and sped up.
The talk will take place in Icelandic. Free with admission.