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LOCAL #2 (Iceland)

In April 2017 I had the chance to work as an artist in residency at the Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts in Seydisfjördur, Iceland.

The project features a series of works that embody and unfurl essential characteristics of the local topography and the environment I became part of.

I let the turbulent winds carry my DIY kite equipped with a video camera; painted and catalogued colour perceptions in an archive of water colours and photographs; extracted minerals from the rocks and used them as paint and followed the creeks on their way from the sources of melting snow deep into the fjord valley. Walking, climbing and flying turned my body to an instrument of observation: I felt the terrain under my feet, breathed in the air and absorbed the scenery through my eyes.

With these exercises in environmental geography I attempted to mediate sensibilities and sensations that were supposed to reveal no less than the soul of the landscape itself - or if you will - the (in)famous genius loci - whom I encountered personally in the series Shaving in East Iceland.

See other parts of the LOCAL#2-project:
  • Local Winds
  • Local Colours
  • Local Waters
  • Local Rocks
  • Shaving in East Iceland
  • Textures - Brushes

  • I started the LOCAL project in 2014 in connection with the EU-platform 'Frontiers in Retreat' FiR coordinated by Helsinki International Artist Program HIAP. The first part, LOCAL #1 (Pyrenees) was an exploration of the landscape around the mountain village Farrera in the Catalonian Pyrenees.

    Flying a kite equipped with an action camera, Seydisfjördur in April 2017. Screenshot from a video. Mapping out the local colours, Seydisfjördur in April 2017
    Painting with pigment powder extracted from the rocks diluted with water from the falls, Seydisfjördur in April 2017
    A creek in Seydisfjördur. Series of photographs and short videoclips of the movements of running water.