Remains to Be Seen
Ten artists each contributed an artwork consisting of nothing more than a few sentences. All of their words will be read aloud from a small airplane as it circles above the Kunsthalle Tropical, an exhibition site that none of the artists have visited. Instead, the artists drew inspiration from the idea that some places are best visited only in one’s imagination.
The work will never actually be seen—its form is oral, its locale inhospitable.
Originally, the artists conceived of installations, performances, and interventions to be staged at the Kunsthalle Tropical in the Icelandic desert. It was their intent that the works be executed without an audience.
When the curator and artists realized that they themselves would in fact constitute an audience, the group decided to abandoned plans of journeying to the barren place.
Instead, they stayed in the fishing village of Husavik, where they reworked their plans and settled on a new, oral—and aerial—exhibition format.
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Due to the sudden eruption of Bárdarbunga, a nearby volcano, the last attempt to fly over the Kunsthalle failed, as the 2015 attempt did due to inclement weather. Until the next flight, scheduled for August 2016, you can enjoy pictures of the volcano’s ominous power.
All photos are taken by photographer Odinn Sigurdsson.