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. Her writings reveal questions on national identity and the role of an artist as a cultural icon. She collaborated with the electronic musician Anton Kaldal.
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.
Buzz (2018), a solo show at Reykjavík Art Museum. A three-screen video art installation and a written poetic text. 12 min. María Dalberg uses the language to create rhythmical structures.
Curator: Edda Halldórsdóttir.
Sound: Þóranna Björnsdóttir.
In 2017, after having visited the Galapagos Islands and Mindo rainforest in Ecuador, María Dalberg sat by the sea and wrote down her thoughts and memories. She got interested in the way the ocean affected her writings. After rewriting the text several times, she noticed how some memories turned into a fiction.
Buzz is based on an ongoing research project called Walks.
María takes walks and by using a dictaphone, records her expressed thoughts and stimulations from the environment. Both by the sea in Reykjavík and in the rainforest in Mindo. After several walks, she writes down information, dividing each walk into approximately 192 sentences. Her last step is analysing the relations between the sentences
María goes deeper into this method in a chapter called Walks: Reykjavík and Mindo rainforest.
Photos: Documents of the video art installation at the Reykjavík Art Museum.
Video 1: Document of the video art installation at the Reykjavík Art Museum.
Video 2. Recording of my voice reading the text with english translations.
Photo: An example of how I analyze my recordings. Walk number one, first 17 sentences out of 192.
Galapagos is a working title for an Artist book, an ongoing research project from 2017. María Dalberg collaborates with the publisher Uns. The book will include poetry and photographs.
A tiny little bird, Red-necked phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) is the central focus. The bird migrates from Iceland to the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean. In 2019, a scientific research was published, mapping down the birds travels from Iceland to the Pacific Ocean. The structure of the book is based on these GPS locations, showing the birds travels.
For María's writings, she studies the red-necked phalarope behaviour and how they communicate by filming them for hours. She focuses on the bird's unique rhythmical movements and translates them into a textual rhythmical structure.
In winter the red-necked phalarope dwells far out of the sea in the Eastern-Pacific Ocean, forming massive flotilla, hundreds to thousands of individuals. In February 2017, María traveled from Iceland to the Galapagos Islands located at the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean. She asked her self if some of these red-necked had been to the Galapagos Islands, possibly lost from their group?
At the Charles Darwin Research Station Library, she found a few resources pinpointing few locations were scientist saw the red-necked phalarope. A flock of birds was at La Lobería lagoon, San Christobal Island 22nd of November, 1997. A single bird found at Tortuga Bay beach, Santa Cruz Island, 18th of September 1962 and another one at the same beach, the 14th of March 1975. These two little birds are now kept at the MECCD collection in Madrid as specimens. A single bird found in the lagoon by the flamingos in Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island in 2000.
María Dalberg photographed these three locations using her medium format Mamiya film camera. She was interested in exploring these locations through the film, creating unique and textures. She used both black and white and color film.
Her next step is to photograph these specimens, found in 1962 and 1975 at Tortuga bay.
She is interested in looking at the red necked phalarope migration in a context of the Vietnam war. She will focus on this peaceful bird migration in contrast to violent acts of war.
Some photographs are documents of the Vietnam war.
An ongoing research project where I test different methods for my writing and filming, trying to understand the surreal in our daily lives. How memories, fiction, and fantasies appear every day, and how they interact with our vision, sense of smell and hearing.
I created a new method called Walks. I walk outside and I read into a dictaphone, and I speak out loud both my thoughts and also what I see, hear or smell. I recorded five 20 min long walks in Reykjavík, mainly recorded by the ocean. After several walks, I listened to the recordings and I wrote down the information. I divided each walk into 192 sentences. I colored sentences that describe the environment with blue color and thoughts, memories and fantasies with an orange color.
For a comparison, I travelled to Mindo, a rainforest in Ecuador, which provided a stimulating environment to explore my method in a new way.
Photos: These photos were photographed while walking by the sea in Reykjavík and also in Mindo rain forest. I used special scanning techniques.
Text: An an example of how I analyze my recordings. Walk 1, the first nineteen sentences.
This research played an essential role for Buzz, my solo show at the Reykjavík Art Museum in 2018.
Black. A sound poem.
Black was an improvisational sound poem, performed by María Dalberg at a conference hosted by the Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic in 2015.
The performance was an experiment on the relationships between spoken words and bodily rhythmic movements. María closed her eyes while performing, and she moved her hand from one body part to another, mapping down different rhythmical movements. She placed her hand on her chest, her neck, her hips, and her eyes. María kept her eyes closed, and she spoke out different words, words that described her visual imagery at that moment.
The title Black refers to the black colour she saw while performing.
Black. A film.
The film black is an experiment were Maria performs different movements, reading different words coming from her visual imagery.
María presented her film Black at the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. Curator Nadim Samman.
Video art installation from 2009.
I asked myself, how can I create a video that flows like a running water?
I recorded myself flying in circles. Then I projected the film on a wall and filmed the projection. I placed an empty glass between the camera and the projection and filled the glass with colored water. I repeated this process 32 times.
I built a rounded house, fitting one person. The spectator was surrounded by seven screen. A running water connected the frames.
Video 1: A documentation of the installation.
Video 2: Different experiments from 2008.