Iwona Knorr is a photographer based in Germany. She works mainly on long term projects exploring the human condition. Her prominent and internationally recognised project about the fishermen on the Rugen Island in Germany was published as a photobook in 2014. During her stay in Skagaströnd she explores the background of the intimate tie between Icelanders and their natural environment. She states: “While taking portraits of genuine Icelanders I sensed a kind of a mystical aura around them. They spoke about lights they have seen in the nearby cliffs and people like us living there. They are supposed to be stones during the day and become alive after sunset. At twilight I approached the cliffs deliberately and cautious watching for humanlike signs. I believe I have seen some of them.” www.iwona-knorr.de
Marian Reid is a writer who works globally with communities to tell stories. Her creative work is informed by place, people and culture.She is interested in tracing traditional practices in modern times, curious about the past life of buildings in strange places, and always seeking stories that shape the identity of a community. At NES, she has been working on a series of poems and short stories.www.marianreid.com
Oliver Hutchison is engaged in an exploration of the interconnectedness of the human and nonhuman and the relationship between human activity, ecology, time and space. Working across a deliberately diverse set of media incorporating photography, video, sculpture, sound and interactive machine making he creates works which aim to break down and invert the distinctions between artist, artwork and audience.
The unpredictability that arises from the complexity of human relations with the nonhuman is central to Oliver’s investigations and by outsourcing his hand into the unpredictable activities of living organisms, the environment and technological processes Oliver is directly engaged with chance as a means to undermine the notion of human self-sufficiency and moral self-determination.
‘I’m a Dutch writer working here in Nes on my 5th book. A story about a woman who is told she’s got 3 more months to live. She arranges everything: does her bucket list, stops her subscriptions on magazines and papers, quits her job, makes her will, organizes her funeral. She is ready for it. But she just doesn’t die.
And then the story begins…
Louise withdraws herself little by little from daily life, and starts living during the night. The night doesn’t belong to anybody. The night is more gentle than the daytime. Nothing is over exposed, less questions are asked.
She starts talking to strangers via intercoms. She wakes them up with her questions about life. People appreciate these conversations, and she becomes more and more popular. But still there is a longing.
Nobody knows who she is. And she herself doesn’t know it either any more. How to give life meaning when the count down has already begun?
What stays is the quest for contact. But can contact be regarded as meaningful if you don’t see the people you’re talking to? If everything is indirect? Confessions made through a intercom horn? When can one speak of real contact?
Read Falling time to get the answers. 😉 www.carolineligthart.blogspot.nl
Artist in Residence – Sophie Meehan
‘I’m a fiction writer, poet and illustrator from Dublin, Ireland. While at NES I have been working on a novel, as well as writing poems and creating handmade illustrated zines. I’ve been here for nearly three months and am coming to the end of my time in Skagaströnd. I really love it here and I hope to come back to Iceland in the future. I’ve been fascinated with the life here including the lives of the birds; the black shag who looks like he’s praying when he dries his wings on the rock, and the hardy ducks who surf those huge waves in the sea!’ https://sophiemeehan.wordpress.com
Twitter is @someehan