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2016

Having spend the fall of 2015 on the school bench, there was a lot to adjust to. Being middle age and a veteran artist, my main assignment was to absorb and explore. This year I did exactly that. Great to have access to a video-lab and fine cameras.

Psychomanteum. Performance, 2016

The term psychomanteum has been used to describe the act of future telling; the act of gazing into a –often– black mirror.

The work was a composite SNART piece and consisted of performance, installation, sound sculpture and video sculpture. The idea of ​​the work was to show the man and how knowledge can rebuild the individual. I worked in a space that was about 150 square meters in size with a 6 meter high ceiling. At one end of the room I put up a stage emulating a dark red liquid flowing with satin cloth to represent the ether. On the left side of the scene, I set a tree to refer to “The Tree of Life” and Ask Yggrasil – the icons of knowledge. On the right, I set the stern of the ship to indicate linear timeline of the work. To emphasize the Occult nature in the work, I beamed light on the stage that could be read as a full Moon – a symbol of esoteric knowledge.

Psychomanteum. Performance, 2016
Psychomanteum. Performance, 2016
Psychomanteum. Performance, 2016
Psychomanteum. Performance, 2016
Psychomanteum. Performance, 2016
Video accompanying the Psychomanteum performance, 2016
A performance based on the work “Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X” by Francis Bacon, 2016
Back Again. Video, 2016
Teasing. Video, 2016
The anger confession. Video, 2016
Mistakes From Uransus Complet With Mr. Mutt´s Three Vices. Video, 2016
Mær – Mæri – Mæra. Installation, charcoal, wood, cloth and concrete. 2016
Mær – Mæri – Mæra, detail. 2016

The title can be understood in various ways. The Icelandic language conjugates and Mær-Mæri-Mæra could be seen as a verb meaning to praise someone or something, but taking in unison it could stand for a line, a border or separation.

Mær – Mæri – Mæra, detail. 2016
Mær – Mæri – Mæra, detail. 2016
Mær – Mæri – Mæra, detail. 2016
Mær – Mæri – Mæra, detail. 2016
Mær – Mæri – Mæra, detail. 2016
Mær – Mæri – Mæra, detail. 2016
Mær – Mæri – Mæra, detail. 2016