Sigurður Guðjónsson | Copenhagen, Denmark
NJORD New Nordic Music Biennale, various cultural venues in Copenhagen
January 25th – 28th 2018
The acclaimed visual artist Sigurður Guðjónsson (born 1975) studied in Vienna, Reykjavik, and Copenhagen. In 2000, he began his exhibition career as part of the experimental art scene in Reykjavik.
His dark and moody video installations immediately set him apart and attracted attention not only in Iceland but also internationally, for instance in Berlin, New York, London, Beijing and Seoul. Guðjónsson mostly uses video but in many ways his work could as easily be classified 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, Sigurður has collaborated with composers to produce works that combine video, electronic sound, and live performance.
For NJORD 2018, Sigurður Guðjónsson will present his work Trajectories(2014), a collaborative work between the artist and NJORD’s composer-in-residence, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, consisting of three channel HD video and stereo sound. The piece was commissioned by The Reykjavik Center for Visual Music and premiered at the festival of RCVM in January 2014. Trajectories will have its Danish premiere at NJORD Biennale 2018.