What does the Icelandic art scene look like today? What can we learn from within the artists’ studio? By getting out into the scene, the studio, the storage, the artist-led space, gallery and museum, and by looking around us? Icelandic Art Center’s podcast Out There brings these things into focus and is a portal reflective of place and our present moment; a widened view that offers impressions of the Icelandic art scene, here and now. Created and produced by the Icelandic Art Center, Out There brings host Becky Forsythe in conversation with artists, curators and art professionals...
Episode 5: Andri Snær Magnason in conversation with Katie Paterson
1:07:32In this episode, artist Katie Paterson and writer Andri Snær Magnason talk about the world we live in, the catastrophic consequences of the human race’s behavior, and how art can be a power of change. Katie Paterson is widely regarded as one of the leading artists of her generation. She recently exhibited in the Living Art Museum in Reykjavík with the exhibition The Earth Has Many Keys. The title of the exhibition, taken from a poem by Emily Dickinson, indicates that the earth is the basis for our knowledge of nature, time, change, the universe and ourselves. The Earth Has Many Keys mirrors the artist’s boundless curiosity, who more often than not works together with scientists and scholars around the world to peek beyond the limits of our horizon. At the same time Katie Paterson’s works serve as an urgent reminder, challenging us to rethink our relationship with nature. Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer and documentary film director. His newest book, On Time and Water, about the climate catastrophe is been translated to more than 30 languages. The podcast was produced by the Living Art Museum in collaboration with the Icelandic Art Center.
Episode 4: Lucky 3, Lucky Me?
44:43Art collective Lucky 3 is composed of Darren Mark, Dýrfinna Benita Basalan and Melanie Ubaldo. From the perspective of their “collective, first-person immigrant experience” the group has recently opened up new space for conversation on diaspora, displacement, vulnerability and belonging. The collective´s Filipino-Icelandic origins informed their breakthrough exhibition Lucky Me?, held in Kling & Bang in 2019, and as an act of quiet activism, speaks volumes about identity and location, marginalization and claim, Filipino community, and locating culture from the periphery in Iceland. Created and produced by the Icelandic Art Center, Out There brings host Becky Forsythe in conversation with artists, curators and art professionals. Intro: When You Know You Know from the album Moonlove by artist Egill Sæbjörnsson.
Episode 3: In the studio with Guðjón Ketilsson
37:51Guðjón Ketilsson is the current recipient of the Artist of the Year award from the Icelandic Art Prize. In this episode we meet him in the studio in downtown Reykjavík. We discuss early memories of art, his first solo exhibition, school abroad and specific works that span his over thirty-year practice. Guðjón’s experience of emerging into an art scene with the raw presence of the avant-garde gives inside perspective into a specific and vibrant time in Icelandic art. Created and produced by the Icelandic Art Centre, Out There brings host Becky Forsythe in conversation with artists, curators and art professionals.
Episode 2: In the studio with Claire Paugam
38:52In this episode Claire Paugam, a multidisciplinary French artist based in Reykjavík, shares her practice, themes and experiences from within the studio. An active board member of the Living Art Museum and community, Claire is the current recipient of the Motivational Award of the Year. This recognition is given by the Icelandic Art Prize to an emerging artist who has contributed significantly to the local art scene through their generous practice. Created and produced by the Icelandic Art Centre, Out There brings host Becky Forsythe in conversation with artists, curators and art professionals.
1:06What does the Icelandic art scene look like today? What can we learn from within the artists’ studio? By getting out there into the scene, our field, the studio, the storage, the artist-led space, gallery and museum, and by looking around us? Icelandic Art Center’s podcast Out There brings these things into focus and more. It is a new reflection on a specific place and our present moment; a widened view that offers vibrant impressions of the Icelandic art scene, here and now. Join me, Becky Forsythe, in a series of ongoing conversations with artists, curators, organizers and art professionals as we think about artist practices and environments, discuss personal histories, themes and experiences, question history, the future, and where we are now. In an attempt to know who and what is Icelandic art today. Out There is created and produced in Reykjavík by the Icelandic Art Center.
Episode 1: Markús Þór Andrésson
51:23Opening up our quest to get out and into the environments that define, support and circulate artists and art professionals from Iceland’s art scene, Becky Forsythe sits down with Markús Þór Andrésson, Chief Curator, Exhibitions and Public Engagement at Reykjavík Art Museum. Their conversation builds upon Markús’ own personal experience, art history, meaningful past moments and the present, and leaves us with some thoughts about a potential future art scene in Iceland.