“My “private challenge” is simply to take a bath in the North Sea every day. The temperature is about 11 degrees, which is not so shocking. The bath can mean pure joy of life or cost real overcoming. Ten seconds to run into the sea, the camera takes three pictures of it. A game of chance, a few props are added little by little.
As the weeks go by, it becomes more and more important to observe the weather and the changes in the sea. Short shots of the movement of the waves come to the fore.”
Nora Fuchs is a german sculptor and professor for threedimensional art at the University of Applied Sciences and Art in Dortmund. She works often site-specifically. Her themes are territories and borders, systems of order or, for example, the question of what one owns as an Alien Element in one’s household. Her last work was a performative sculpture with flotation toys in public space, Berlin 2020.
My practice is multi-disciplinary, circling around sound, performance, video and painting. I am interested in interwoven realities, dreamscapes, altered mental states and the seeking of the self.
This is my first residency and I am enjoying a lot the small-town feeling and what the scenery has to offer for creating alienating visuals, such as boiling an egg in-front of an old house, wild horses, territorial krías.
I mainly use myself as a subject and also had the chance to collaborate with other wonderful artists as well as locals in photography and video projects involving movement.
Mercedes Krapovickas and Jukka-Pekka have spent their time at NES working on the project Ecdysis and El circo. Ecdysis is a series of electroacoustic pieces for live electronics and bandoneon. It is an internal and external search where Mercedes explore beliefs, limits and the possibilities of the unknown.
El circo is a collaborative project between Mercedes and Finnish musician and luthier Jukka-Pekka. The work is meant to be electroacoustic, combining acoustically played bandoneon music, electroacoustic collages and electronically created pieces, creating the impression of a circus environment in Buenos Aires in the early 1900s. At the same time, the work is a symbolic account of the mixing and diversity of people.
Indigo Perry is a writer and artist from near Melbourne, Australia. She is a Senior Lecturer in Writing & Literature in the School of Communication & Creative Arts at Deakin University. She writes memoir in poetic, experimental forms. Her first book, Midnight Water (Picador) was shortlisted for Australia’s National Biography Award. Her second book, Darkfall (University of Western Australia Publishing) is due for release in April 2020.
At NES, Indigo is working on her third book, Midnight Fire. It’s a memoir about the profound effects of grief. Since she has been at NES, and after seeing the phenomenon of iridescent nacreous clouds (glitsky), she has become interested in diffraction: the bending of light around objects. This is influencing her imagery and form in writing. She has also been inspired by the stormy weather, the changing skies, the rhythms of the wind and by Icelandic music during her residency.
Indigo also writes live in performance as part of a performance art duo called Illuminous. In that work, her writing is digitally projected over herself and her collaborator in a performance space as they improvise live.
At NES, Indigo has carried out a series of text projection experiments with another artist, Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell. Some of those experiments in the NES studio and at the Skagastrond swimming pool are shown in the images below, along with some fragments of writing from Midnight Fire.
Lieselle McMahon is a visual artist from Dublin, Ireland where she studied Music & Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin and Art & Design at CEAD at the National College of Art and Design. Her practice is mainly sculptural, encompassing 2D, 3D installation, live art and sound sculpture. Drawing on the assertion that the personal is political, conceptual themes around feminism and anti-capitalism manifest in her work and she has been a member of A4 Sounds Arts Community since 2017, where she bases her practice. She draws on both music and art sensibilities in her work and her central focus is the body.
Currently she is exploring themes of intimacy, how we relate to the other and to ourselves, and our connection (or reconnection) to the body-mind. Whilst at NES she is investigating this through sculpture, performance and sound, drawing on local mythology, storytelling and folklore (particularly as it relates to Prophetess Mountain), engaging with the natural elements in Skagastrond and the execution of her artistic endeavours in the prolonged darkness – a time with an almost magical quality in the air when the intuition seems more easily accessible.
Many thanks to the Arts Council of Ireland for funding this artist residency with a travel and training award @artscouncilireland #artsireland @a4sounds @lieselle.mcmahon