Haraldur Jónsson: Rendezvous
Haraldur Jónsson’s audio work, Rendezvous, is located in various places within the city every quarter of an hour or half hour. Haraldur makes equal use of various media. In his works he explores phenomena regarding the human body, our perception of the world, emotions, language and that which is created in the spaces between. His work activates its location in different ways and often offers a close connection with the audience, which then becomes an organic part of the work.
Haraldur Jónsson (b. 1961) studied at The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts 1984-87, at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany 1987-90 and Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques, Paris, France 1991-92. His work has been exhibited in all major art venues in Iceland and also internationally.
This autumn, Reykjavík Art Museum for the second time holds a group exhibition of new art in public spaces. The works of eight artists appear in a diverse and novel fashion around the city and in the communal spaces modern technology has to offer. This includes performances, interventions and various happenings which echo the communal space, the public domain, streets, squares and buildings which we share. Mostly, these works are created in intangible media; the Autumn Bulbs take root around the city and appear in unexpected circumstances. The subject matters of the eight participating artists vary but they all have in common that they illuminate or ask questions about the daily life of locals and visitors in the city. They revolve around the line between private and public space, ownership and freedom as well as getting people to stop, look around and gain a new perception of their environment. Inevitably, the works incorporate the societal changes which have taken place this year, regarding daily interaction and habits in epidemic times. Some of the works will only be performed once but others have a longer or more frequent existence. The programme can be found in an accompanying catalogue, on the museum’s social media and its activity calendar.