KOLBEINN HUGI HÖSKULDSSON (IS)
THE SECRET OF THE OOZE
WHEN // WHERE // LANGUAGE // DURATION
Wednesday 14th November @ 22:00 // Reykjavík Arts Museum // 60 minutes
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The pilgrims travel vast distances
in the industrial waste
that powers the cryptomines
Immense energy resources
an abstract, intangible
In a joyful ritual pilgrims paint their faces white
with the silica substance
the precious cryptocurrency
This true, but surreal setting is the launchpad of the piece which will launch an ethnological exploration into a post-colonized nation's distant past, all the way into a neo-cryptocolonial scenario of a deep possible future.
Born in 1979, Kolbeinn Hugi is an island dwelling artist of a generation that emerged in the wake of the cataclysmic great rift between art and artists in the bleak neo-capitalist Reykjavík of modern times. Taking diverse motifs from 1970s techno-futurism, pseudo archeology and new-age black metal – his work aims to evoke an alternate model of society and suggests that the world as it is now isn’t necessarily how it has to be. Kolbeinn’s work is simple work that aims for the heart, not for the head.
His work has been exhibited widely around the western world from MoMA PS1 to abandoned abodes at the arctic circle and is preserved in the collection of the National Gallery of Iceland.
The project is supported by Lókal & RDF within the frame of ,,Gjörningatíð", supported my Ministry of Culture and Education