Æsa Björk & Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir | Shield III
A collaborative work between Aesa Björk, glass artist and Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir, sound artist, will be shown at the exhibition “Diversity for Peace!” in Venice in the period of May 8 – Nov 24 at The Procuratie Vecchie 139-153, San Marco Square; ground floor and first floor. The exhibition is hosted by Karuizawa New Art Museum, Venice Branch and opens on May 7.
The work Shield is a series of collaborative works between Aesa Björk and Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir. Shield was exhibited at the biennial European Glass Context in Bornholm, Denmark 2016. Shield II was a solo show at S12 Galleri og Verksted in Bergen, Norway 2018 and was awarded the ‘Grand Prize’ at the triennial Toyama International Glass Exhibition in Japan 2018. The works were made at S12 Galleri and Verksted in Bergen, Norway.
By mapping brain activity with EEG recordings, Aesa Björk and Tinna set out to interpret the border between an intangible emotional state and the physical manifestation of brain activity. The EEG recordings were transformed into sound waves. The fragile glass shields serve both as canvases depicting the physical movements that took place, as well as soundboards for brain activity triggered by emotional responses and movement.
The sound manifests itself as vibrations created by the conductive speakers attached to the glass. By forming a chamber of human proportions, the glass shields can be seen as a membrane separating the self from the outside while reflecting an inner reality which often remains invisible.
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