As digital technologies make data available for mathematical operations, new material becomes available for artistic experimentation and new kinds of content emerge through art. Artistic practices challenge a common debate and distinction between representations and what they represent – as replicating, filtering, constraining or manipulating an immediate perception or knowledge of the world. They do so by not only problematizing representations but also working to create new kinds of representations. Beyond showing the world to us and making it felt, contemporary art participates in constructing what becomes ‘real.’
This program examines how contemporary art’s modes of making result in ‘new’ kinds of representations – and how this challenges a representationalist discourse in art. It discusses what these new representations show, what they reveal about recent orientations in art, and what they may eventually produce.
With a point of departure in the book Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art we explore the questions: What is significant about the ways in which the digital affords art to represent the world in new ways? How do art’s ‘new’ representations challenge ideas about what art is, how it is shown and experienced, and what it means? What might art’s ‘new’ representations produce?
The program is curated by Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir and involves an online exhibition (open from June 13, 2020), online performances and a discussion on Artzine.is.
ONLINE PANEL CONVERSATION
Discussion on new modes of representation in online art, with Geirþrúður Finnbogadóttir Hjörvar, Freyja Eilíf (f. 1986), Auður Lóa Guðnadóttir (f. 1993), and Fritz Hendrik Berndsen / Fritz Hendrik IV, moderated by Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir.
See conversation online at Artzine.is
Working Dead (2020)
Saemundur Thor Helgason
On Artzine.is Saemundur Thor shows a trailer for the short film Working Dead (2020), where the Solar Plexus Pressure Belt™ plays an important role. The Solar Plexus Pressure Belt is designed by Saemundur Thor in collaboration with the fashion designer Agata Mickiewicz. The logo is designed by Gabriel Markan. The Solar Plexus Pressure Belt™ stimulates the Solar Plexus and calms an anxious mind.
Thought Interpreter (2020)
Anna Frída Jónsdóttir
Thought Interpreter is about how we perceive other people and connect to one another without being able to explain how. The work relates to research on how emotions and meaning could affect the structure of water molecules and how we give and receive these emotions and collect them within our bodies.
Agusta Yr Gudmundsdóttir
Agusta’s work is about social media, self-image and pornography. She uses her own body with self-confidence to criticize body image stereotyping, social demands and how they limit individual emancipation. In her work 1000bc she makes a tribute to a Ken Lee meme from the TV program, Idol Global where Valentina Hasan sings Without You, and the desire to become a star.
On a Branch (2020)
On a Branch explores the presence of people within a 3D internet space. It is not possible to have normal conversations in the space, and people will only know of each other’s presence through leaves on a virtual tree in center of the space. The work questions communication, connections, and non-communication.
Live broadcast performance (2020)
Live broadcast on Facebook on June 13th from the peninsula of Snæfellsnes that is now available as a recording on Artzine.