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ICELAND PAVILION

Art | March 13, 2022 |

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Image courtesy of Sigurður Guðjónsson

Iceland Pavilion, 59th International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia
Perpetual Motion by Mónica Bello
Arsenale, Venezia
April 23 – November 27, 2022

The Icelandic Art Center unveils further details of the Pavilion of Iceland at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Reykjavík based contemporary artist Sigurður Guðjónsson will present Perpetual Motion, a large-scale, multisensory sculpture, which will offer a poetic exploration of materiality at the edge of the boundaries of perception. Powerfully combining moving imagery and sound, the artwork will activate the exhibition space, creating an entrancing, meditative experience for visitors. The Pavilion of Iceland is curated by Mónica Bello and will be located in the Arsenale for the first time this year.

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Image courtesy of Sigurður Guðjónsson

Sigurður Guðjónsson is best known for his striking time-based media works that often focus on man-made machinery and technical relics, investigating their enigmatic, hidden elements, just beyond our field of vision. The artist experiments with camera lenses, perspective, light, and motion, amplifying and observing these forms and the transformations that take place as they interact with their environment. Perpetual Motion will be staged as a split-screen installation, featuring a six-metre-high vertical screen connected to a large-scale floor projection, that will occupy most of the Pavilion space. The screens will depict the constant drift of metal dust, amplified and magnified through the artist’s camera lens. Visitors can immerse themselves in the movement of the abstract material, as it warps and distorts, suggesting new shapes and imagery, such as the surface of an outermost planet.

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Image courtesy of Sigurður Guðjónsson

The interplay of sound and vision features throughout Guðjónsson’s oeuvre. The artist uses intricate soundscapes as the foundation of his works, drawing out the acoustic properties of his visual investigations to create a stronger link to the subject matter. Perpetual Motion will include a visceral soundtrack, developed by Guðjónsson and Icelandic musician Valgeir Sigurðsson, which response to the granulated texture of the matter in the moving images, using stacked electromagnetic sounds, that have been manipulated via granular synthesis. The soundscape will fill the Pavilion space, enveloping visitors as they enter the artwork, creating a deeper connection with the frequencies of the metal dust as it moves and pulsates across the screens’ surface.

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Image courtesy of Sigurður Guðjónsson

This project has been realised in collaboration with Mónica Bello, the Curator of the Pavilion of Iceland. Bello holds the position of Curator and Head of Arts at the CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva, fostering dialogues between artists, particle physicists and engineers at one of the world’s leading laboratories. Bello’s curatorial work focuses on the narratives in today’s techno-scientific culture and how artists instigate new enquiries around emergent phenomena.

more. www.icelandicartcenter.is

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Image courtesy of Sigurður Guðjónsson
icelandpavilion
Image courtesy of Sigurður Guðjónsson

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