Grand Prize á Toyama International Glass Exhibition 2018
The visual artist Æsa Björk and Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir were awarded the ‘Grand Prize’ at the triennial Toyama International Glass Exhibition 2018 out of 1100 entries for their work Shield II. Its the first version of a series of collaborative works between Æsa Björk and Tinna which started their collaboration with the Shield series in 2015. The exhibition takes place at Toyama Glass Art Museum from September 15 to November 25 and consequently the work will be part of the permanent collection of the museum.
The work Shield comes as the first version of a series of collaborative works between the visual artist Aesa Björk and Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir named Disruptances, which is derived from the combination of the words disrupting + disturbance. By mapping brain activity with EEG recordings, Aesa 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.
Shield I was exhibited at the biennial European Glass Context 2016 in Bornholm, Denmark. Shield II was a solo exhibition at S12 Galleri og Verksted in Bergen, Norway 2018. The works were made in S12 Galleri og Verksted.