Tumi Magnússon | New radio art work airs in Australia
Voyage There and Back by Tumi Magnússon is a new radio art work for Skálar FM, commissioned by The Creative Audio Unit ABC Radio National, Australia for their radio art program Soundproof. Voyage There and Back is the first in The Remote Series, a five part collaboration that draws on the theme of remoteness. In the distant villages of Iceland small fishing boats are a way of life. Some of these boats have old engines with a very slow stroke, producing a special sound that can be heard on quiet nights, framed by the fjord and surrounding high mountains.
Magnússon focuses intently on this listening experience, tracing the voyage of a lone craft, simply by manipulating the timing of the sound of a boat engine. The gradual speeding up and slowing down of a boat engine’s stroke connects directly to the sense of time, movement, narrative: with sound as a vehicle for time travel. Working in a very minimalist and conceptual way, Magnússon made only small adjustments to in situ recordings made in Seyðisfjörður.
The Remote Series is curated by Anna Friz and Konrad Korabiewski for the artist collective and curatorial platform Skálar | Sound Art | Experimental Music. As Skálar originates in the small town of Seyðisfjörður on the north east coast of Iceland just below the Arctic circle, ‘remoteness’ most obviously describes the experience of existing outside of the geographical and cultural centers of power, or by a feeling of having journeyed far away across rough seas and rugged, far-flung landscapes to reach a so-called end of the earth.
Tumi Magnússon was a professor at the Iceland Academy of Art from 1999-2005, and the Royal Danish Academy of Art from 2005-2011. He currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark, and spends his summers in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. Today he primarily works with multi-channel video and audio, where sound plays a very important role. His installations usually have a strong site-specific element, and he has maintained an adventurous and experimental approach to art.