Baroque Beekeeping – group show |Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Dodda Maggý, Sigurður Guðjonsson, Kristin Scheving, Rakel Jónsdóttir, Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir, and Logi Leó Gunnarsson
Addis Video Art Festival, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
December 24, 2017 – January 3, 2018
Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Dodda Maggý, Sigurður Guðjonsson, Kristin Scheving, Rakel Jónsdóttir, Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir, and Logi Leó Gunnarsson will be exhibiting at the 2nd annual Addis Video Art Festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from December 24th, 2017 to January 3rd, 2018 as part of a guest program curated by Erin Honeycutt. The festival theme is ‘love triangle’ and seeks works that translate new positions that are created from the experience of moving or changing between place, time and/or identity.
The program will also be the basis for a new experimental art writing platform and screening edition initiated by Erin Honeycutt titled Baroque Beekeeping to be launched in Summer 2018. The platform will feature interviews with contemporary artists from many different cultural backgrounds with a focus on video and video art initiatives in cities outside of the usual art circuit, beginning with Tangier, Casablanca, and Addis Ababa.
Baroque Beekeeping will explore various artistic approaches including the contrasts due to different cultural contexts as well as the commonalities that are present due to an increasingly globalized art world. The platform aims to initiate reflection on the normative understandings of relating to art through language by developing a more experimental form of arts discourse. Baroque Beekeeping can be seen as a continuation of ideas explored by the media and cultural theorist, Gene Youngblood, who coined the notion of expanded cinema as expanded consciousness in his 1970 book Expanded Cinema. Universal and timeless human drives will inherently be extricated from the dialogues, exploring the complex relationships between consciousness, time, memory, place, language, and spirituality.
About the artists
Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir
Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir (b. 1976) graduated from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2000 with a BFA with honors in Fine Arts; she received her MA in New Genres from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. Transformation, disguise and play are essential elements of her work, as are references to ceremony and rituals. In her performances Ásdís has employed a theme of destruction, crushing glitter balls under high heels and smashing dishes while reciting texts and dressing up in various costumes. Ornate and spectacular motifs—such as fireworks, Christmas decorations and other frills—are distinctive features in Ásdís’s work.
Dodda Maggý b. 1981 is an Icelandic artist and composer based in Reykjavík. Her practice centres around research of time-based media ranging from formal studies of the structural relationship between the visual and the aural to exploring the ethereal qualities of video, sound and music. A reoccurring theme in her work is the pursuit of giving form to perceptual experiences. Producing audio/visual installations, purely sound based work, musical compositions or silent moving images Dodda Maggý attempts to externalize the internal dimensions of the sensorial and the fantastical. Dodda Maggý holds two BA degrees from The Iceland Academy of the Arts, in Fine Arts and in Musical Composition, and an MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She was also a participant in the Nordic Sound Art program, a two year MFA level study program in Sound Art at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Malmö Art Academy, Oslo National College of the Arts and Trondheim Academy of Fine Art.
Sigurður Guðjónsson (b. 1975) studied in Vienna, Reykjavík, and Copenhagen, starting his exhibition career at the turn of the century in the artist-run experimental scene in Reykjavík that has fostered new art in temporary venues all over the old city.
His dark and moody videos immediately set him apart and attracted attention not only in Iceland but also in Berlin, New York, London, Beijing, Seoul, and wherever they were exhibited. He mostly uses video but in many ways his work could as easily be classed as music. He exploits the potential of time-based media to produce pieces that rhythmically engage the viewer in a synaesthetic experience, linking vision and hearing in ways that seem to extend one’s perceptual field and produce sensations never felt before. Usually slow and often repetitive, his pieces draw you in and gradually start to expand, creating complex loops and rhythmic schemes that can almost overwhelm the senses.
Recently he has collaborated with composers to produce works that combine video, electronic sound, and live performance. His repertoire is continuously expanding but retains a highly individual and almost personal flavour, endowing each work with an intimacy that heightens the already intense perceptual effect of the experience.
His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarborg, Iceland, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany, Arario Gallery, Beijing, Liverpool Biennial, Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway, Safn Reykjavík, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Kling & Bang Gallery and Bergen Kunsthall Norway.
Originally from Reykjavik, he lived and worked in France and England before returning back to Iceland in (2005) where he started the International Experimental Festival 700IS Reindeerland. He has worked on big scale projects like (I)ndependent people, which included all major art galleries and museums in Reykjavík, spring 2012. He was the leading project manager (with a team of 25) for contemporary circus art festival which happened in Reykjavík, summer 2013 and attracted 25.000 people.
He has also been invited to curate screening for venues across the world – from east Iceland to Spain, Norway, Russia, USA, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Hungary, Finland, Greece, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom, Faroe Islands, Hong Kong, China etc.
Born in Reykjavik in 1980. Her work featured in the show, ll0ll (2016) uses the symbolic forms of shapes, colors, and figures to represent the realm of the psyche. Silently flowing movements of black and white are due to alternating attractive and repulsive forces, generated by a periodic magnetic field originated from within. Resonating between two extremes, the viewer has to ask what other forces exist besides these and how a triangulation would interrupt or contribute to this flow.
Born in 1989 in Iceland, she works in various mediums from performances and videos to collage drawings. In her work the body is the source and material where she is constantly dealing with the process of transformations. Dagrún graduated from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 2013 were she received her B.A degree in Fine Art. After her graduation she worked at the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Recently she was in Singapore where she finished her M.A degree in Fine Art in 2016. Dagrún has exhibited her work in Xiamen China, Basel Switzerland, Singapore and Manila Philippines as well as taking part in various group and solo exhibitions in Iceland. In 2015 she was selected to be part of the Icelandic biennale Sequences VII curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, creative director of Mostyn. In start of 2016 she was chosen to be part of the project Night Transmissions curated by Margot Norton, associate curator at The New Museum, where video works by 38 international artists were broadcasted on the Icelandic National Broadcast Service Television Channel RÚV. In her most recent project she traveled to India on her own and then continued the work doing residency with the CEAC (Chinese European Art Center) in Xiamen China.
Born in Reykjavik in 1989, he graduated with a bachelor degree at the Icelandic Academy of Fine Arts in 2014. He took part in different solo and group shows in Iceland and abroad.