SUÐ AT REYKJAVÍK ART MUSEUM
Suð- my solo show at the Reykjavík Art Museum, opens the 13th of October 2018. Curated by Edda Halldórsdóttir.
What differs our speaking voice and our minds voice is the materiality or the sound waves that travels within space. By using the vocal cords the voice can create different tones by going high up or deep down. The minds voice is not limited by the vocals so it can create any imagined sound like a texture of a singing bird or a strong bass tone. Deep, deep inside different organs, nerves or vessels dwell old thoughts and feelings that blossom when we don’t expect it. The minds voice is a bridge from these old thoughts to different sensations. I ask what are the relations between thinking and looking, thinking and listening and thinking and moving?
Suð is a multi screen video art installation based on a short prose fiction story I wrote shortly after an affctive trip to the Galapagos islands.
Two poets duet. H.C. Andersen and Grímur Thomsen. A mesmerizing sound poem performance by María Dalberg, where she uses the language to create rhythmical structures. With her writings, she reveals questions on national identity and cultural icons. She collaborated with the electronic musician Anton Kaldal.
"Finally, I am acknowledged as a writer in Denmark," wrote world-famous children's book writer H.C. Andersen (1805-1875) to Henriette Wolf, in 1855 on his 50th year of age. He thanked her for her support when he got judged in Denmark for his looks.
The Icelandic literary critic Grímur Thomsen (1829-1896) published a critique a few months earlier on H.C. Anderen collections of fairy tails, criticizing former critics for being unable to separate H.C. Andersen art from his persona. Thomsen also pinpointed that many danish people think they know H.C. Andersen, and they are not willing to see him as a respected figure. Andersen wrote Thomen a letter and thanked him for his support.
Today Andersen is an iconic figure in Denmark.
These short communications between two writers marked the beginning of an ongoing struggle between two nations, Iceland and Denmark. Danish and Icelandic scholar argued against each other over more than 50 years on who discovered the genuineness of H.C. Andersen.
According to some sources, Grímur Thomsen often mumbled a song before he wrote his poems. Dalberg and Kaldal's departure point is an experiment to find this mumble by looking into the cadence of the poem Álfadans by Grímur Thomsen.
Cycle Music Art Festival commissioned the performance, performed at Gerðarsafn- Kópavogur Art Museum in 2018. This year festival - titled "Inclusive Nation" dealt with questions such as the heritage of Danish Colonialism and national identity. The festival took place in the context of the 2018 centenary of Icelandic sovereignty. Cur. Jonatan Habib Enqvist, Guðný Guðmundsdóttir and Sara S. Öldudóttir.