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Images from a performance on the opening of Verkfærið/The tool. Orange smoke from the chimney
Installation at The factory in Hjalteyri exhibition space.
Artists: Guðrún Benónýsdóttir, Elísabet Brynhildardóttir and Selma Hreggviðsdóttir.
An old herring factory was "taken over" by the artists planning to build a project of a full size sandcastle. Our plans and hard labour resulted in an installation presenting the remains of our great intentions (reversed ruins) or a re projection of a seemingly non functional state of the building`s original role. All our efforts led to a projection of the past, memories and the historical mean of the building.
The beauty of the factory´s appearance is unquestionable and so is the beauty of its duality as memorial ruins or something new ... a continuation.
Dreams and superstition
An important part of the show in Hjalteyri was a ongoing recording presentation from several interviews the artists made interviewing Icelandic sailors about their recollections of stories and dreams of superstition nature related to their life as a sailor.
Our source of interest for this subject was our knowledge of stories in the culture since long time back about dreams that carried warnings about tragic incidents or stories about certain kind of signs or animals appearing predicting some imminent circumstances. There were also stories about spectres hunting ships as a result of ship collision on see. Those stories seem to be widely known amidst sailors, as ´oral stories´.
Something in the nature of those stories opened up our understanding of peoples existence in general where one´s life could depend on foreseeing circumstances. These stories and "to foresee things" seem to be an attempt or a tool to held at least some control of something that is so much bigger then us. In the end, in each culture, oral stories like those expose a beautiful and an involved insight into our past and peoples attempt to deal with their experiences and life situations....memories and attempts of reassurance.