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The Last Museum

11 June, 202231 July, 2022

The Last Museum (Reykjavik Edition) blurs the line between cinema and sculpture, while exploring the potential of web-site-specificity. Principally accessed through www.nylo.is (for a limited period from the 11th of June) the exhibition features a major new commission by Egill Sæbjörnsson alongside contributions by artists from seven other countries. For the Reykjavik Arts Festival, the project also materializes in the physical space of Nýló.

The Last Museum is (to borrow a term from computational engineering) a ‘stack’ that encompasses land, sculpture, code, user experience and more. Each participating artist is commissioned to author a sculptural group, to be installed at a physical site of their own choosing — associated with communications infrastructure, technology and/or environment. Each intervention is then videoed and the resulting clips subsequently brought together as an interactive sequence. The outcome is a website experience. Thematically, The Last Museum imagines information transmission across the historical longue durée, dramatizing points of intersection with emerging technologies, (body) politics, and the global economy. As it does so, a leitmotif of displacement, limbo, loss, and undeath plays out.

Curator: Nadim Samman
Artists: Egill Sæbjörnsson, Nora Al-Badri, Nicole Foreshew, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Zohra Opoku, and Charles Stankievech, Petros Moris
Partner: KW Institute for Contemporary Art