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.
I take in the scenery and its colors and it also reflects into my painting practice which is non-figurative for the most part. Overall, I feel my practice growing with the collaborative spirit and the inspiring atmosphere.
Iceland for me is one of the least contaminated, by humans, locations in Europe, maybe the world. Facing the North Pole, with its melting glaciers and volcanic landscapes, its wildlife and extreme weather, and its sublime rather than beautiful aurora, it serves as a warning for our perils ahead, and the necessity of a balance in the relationship between humans and nature.
The NES Artists Residency gave me an opportunity to further develop the relationship between time, space, images, and sound, especially in a live performance situation. The theme of the human environment explored in Sonitus Urbanitatis, gives way, in the Icelandic project Sonitus Borealis, to the theme of our fragility and destructive course if we continue seeing ourselves as biological entities separate from, if not more privileged than, the rest of the biosphere.
Born in Cyprus in 1959, Yiannos Economou studied first Economics in UK, but re-entered full-time education and obtained a Fine Arts Degree and a Master’s from the Kent Institute of Arts and Design in Kent. Whilst mainly a video artist, he has also worked with film, photography and animation and his videos have been shown equally in gallery spaces and video festivals. His works combine the raw verisimilar attributes of video and its ability to capture unmediated sounds and images into poetic compositions.
“All my life, I have been fascinated with the connection between sight, sound, visual arts, and music. I regularly collaborate with video artist Yiannos Economou and other visual artists as a performer, composer, and improviser. The focus in my work is on the invisible, almost mysterious link between image and sound and how they work together and complement each other. I hope that with my work the audience will appreciate the intimate but rather ephemeral quality of live performances.
During my stay in NES Artist Residency, I will continue to work on a project, descending directly from my previous collaboration with Yiannos Economou, Sonitus Urbanitatis: An Interdisciplinary Show On Human Space & Time.
The new project in Iceland is called Sonitus Borealis and is a collaboration between visual and sound artists, writers, poets, all residents of NES, and me as a piano performer and improviser, interacting with their work. I also use my time to research sounds that originate from the unique Icelandic nature and incorporate them in my compositions.”
Galina was born and raised in Bulgaria. She graduated from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Art in Plovdiv in 1990, where later, in 2017 she obtained her PhD on a research of the works of the Cypriot composer Nicolas Economou. Galina moved to Cyprus in 1994. Today she lives and works in Paphos as a piano performer, musicologist, educator, and composer.
Galina performed the collaborative project Sonitus Borealis on the 25th July 2021 at Holaneskirkja, Skagaströnd in Iceland.
You can look and listen to more on Galina’s YouTube channel
Fan-Ling Suen is a cross-disciplinary artist from Ontario, Canada. Her
work extends across a variety of media including sculpture,
installation, drawing, photography and most recently sound. Since
working on a vegetable farm, Fan-Ling’s research has begun to expand
beyond the intimacy of interpersonal human relationships to consider our
connection with surrounding ecologies.
While in Iceland, Fan-Ling will play her musical saw in different
natural areas. She will begin to open a musical dialogue with
Skagastrond’s underground soundscapes by using a combination of
transducers and buried aquaphones in the soil to engage with the earth
as a natural amphitheater. www.fanlingsuen.com