Marble Warble is an audiovisual work recorded in one take at the grave of Maria Georgsson, born Wathne (1.3.1885 - 28.12.1912), in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. The marble structure overgrown with moss has the feel of an ice landscape through the macro recording. Through restructuring of the real time recording and juxtaposing of sounds and images related to thermic energy the piece creates a pastiche of image and sound. The different layers of warbling sound affects separate sections of the image, thus suggesting a dissection to expose an inner nerve.
Ivar Smedstad (b.1961, Oslo) studied fine arts at the San Francisco Art Institute and received his degree in performance/video in 1988. He then moved on to work with distribution and preservation of video art at Electronic Arts Intermix in New York, where he held the position as Technical Director.
In 1992 he received a fellowship from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne where he worked as an artist in residence and lecturer in media art.Since year 2000 Smedstad was associate professor in the Intermedia department and institute chair at Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts.
Smedstad is currently director of Atelier Nord, a media arts organization in Oslo. Ivar Smedstad has been working with video art and electronic media since the early 1980s and has participated in numerous international and national video art exhibitions, screenings and festivals.
Field Work and Ecology
This expedition through Iceland will lead participants to various locations in South, East and North of Iceland where the untapped sources of renewable energy – water, steam, and wind – as well as the impacts of hydro- and geothermal power plants on the landscape and on local micro-economies, can be observed.
Frontiers of Solitude Symposium
The international symposium Frontiers of Solitude, organized as part of the eponymous art project site will offer a comparison of the opinions, experiences, and points of view of artists, curators, and invited guests on the theme of transitions in the landscape in which we currrently live and of which we are a part.
Large deposits of iron were discovered in Sydvaranger in 1886, but it was not until the early 1900s that it was technologically feasible to begin extracting the ore. Production started in 1910, but halted with the First World War, falling under bankrupcy protection for much of the 1920s.