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.
Laura Cruz & Alejandro Rodriguez farewell Nes with a dance performance. All welcome.
‘We are Laura and Alejandro, scenic artists, from Guadalajara, México. We like to create taking the body and it´s possibilities as the starting point in the making of our own language. We have a theatre group in México called “Paralelo Teatro” that mixes dance, theatre and other physical disciplines in it´s work.
In Iceland we are working on a new piece for the group taking the subject of exile, and exploring the possibilities of speech and movement.’
‘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
‘I’m a graphic artist from New Zealand with a main medium of monochromatic fine-line drawing. My drawings are evolving constantly. They often are of a busy nature, simple & minimal, architectural, comic or surreal. I am inspired by nature, traveling, buildings, everyday occurrences, plants, space, people and the ocean. One of my goals is to engage the viewer through random associations between perspective and objects. Here I incorporate 2D with 3D images. Another goal is to continue (and expand) the creation of imaginary worlds with the use of lines, dashes, dots and shading to give depth.I am also interested in undertaking “free drawing”, in which I am allowed to draw free & abstract in order to try free myself from artistic convention. Currently I am investigating the idea of repetition, comic illustration and video’.
Zoey Hart is a Brooklyn-based artist, educator, traveler and collaborator living with chronic autoimmunity. Combining traditional drawing techniques with alternative printmaking, meditation, and fiber-based collage, Hart’s work challenges perceptions of imperfection —environmental, social, and organic — through the collection and manipulation of images and found environmental materials.
EMPATHY SUIT: (pictured below) Handmade from Portuguese wool, and hand-dyed from a selection of Portugese onions and other produce.
A project with it’s roots at de Liceiras artist community in Porto, Portugal, I have worked tirelessly to complete the suit at NES. EMPATHY SUIT provides a visual/tactile metaphor for the multi-sensory experience of chronic illness and chronic pain. A diverse network of interconnected knots, the suit mimics lines of connectivity and sensory awareness which can bring us closer to, or isolate us from our own bodies, surrounding communities, and the world at large.
“I make work in response to particular places, often in remote areas, and am particularly drawn to the sea, islands and the extreme reaches of land. I’m interested in looking at the history and memory of different places, and exploring that in my work. I’m attracted to areas and buildings that are quietly unsettling, and much of my work explores the built or industrial environment in the landscape. I work across several disciplines including painting, drawing, installation and sculpture, and have made installations in a WWI boat shed, an abandoned street light depot and an old Victorian prison building.” www.rhonataylor.co.uk / www.facebook.com/rhonataylorart