Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson | Berlin, Germany
Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson
In Search for Magic – A Proposal for a New Constitution for the Republic of Iceland – Workshop #1
Studio of Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson at Box Freiraum, Boxhagenerstraße 96, Berlin.
28, 29 and 30th of May
In Search for Magic – A Proposal for a New Constitution for the Republic of Iceland is a visual art and music project initiated by the artist duo Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson in collaboration with Cycle Music and Art Festival. For the project the artists, together with Cycle, are inviting a group of composers and musicians to join them in an open collaboration to compose music to the “Proposal for a new Constitution for the Republic of Iceland”, written in 2011 by a 25 member Constitutional Council, in the aftermath of the economical and political meltdown of October 2008. The composers collaborating with Libia and Ólafur during the first workshop will be Áki Ásgeirsson (IS), Aqqalu Berthelsen (aka Uyarakq) (GRL), Danielle Dahl (NO), Karólína Eiríksdóttir (IS), Tyler Friedman (USA), Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir (IS), Herdís Stefánsdóttir (IS) and Stella Veloce (IT).
The new Constitution is often referred to as Iceland´s crowdsourced constitution – due to its writing process having been open for participation from the general public. On 20th of October 2012 the new proposal was approved of by the Icelandic population in a guiding public referendum. However it has not yet been approved of and implemented by Parliament. This collective art project will therefore be engaging directly with a still open and ongoing political process and struggle and the artists wish to apply and test art’s potential for magic and agency, to take part in the civic struggle for the implementation of the new constitutional proposal.
In choosing for a collective set-up/process, the artists wish to experiment, together with the composers/musicians, with finding ways to compose the piece collectively – reflecting on, and in continuation of, the collective work of the Constitutional Council, as well as the civic grass-root work that lead to the writing of the new constitutional proposal. This means that the first steps of the collaboration are about inventing and setting the conceptual structure of how the group will collectively compose the piece.
The work is a follow up of the work the Constitution of the Republic of Iceland, where Libia and Ólafur collaborated with the Icelandic composer Karólína Eiríksdóttir in 2007-08 to set music to the 81 articles of the current constitution and on which they in 2011, in collaboration with RÚV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, produced a video and television broadcast.