Listasafn Islands

Without Destination - Exhibition

20 January–10 April 2011, Hafnarhús

What makes a nondescript area into a place? How does a place become a destination? Wanderlust and the traveler’s experience of his or her surroundings during the journey mark the point of departure for Without Destination. The exhibition reveals how Icelandic and international artists work through different connections with locations and places, be they nearby or remote in space or time. Their works reflect ideas in contemporary art about travel, places and non-places, and the topography of the mind and of the landscape. They direct our attention to creative and personal conversations that emerge when we experience different places and shape our ideas about them. Many of the works depict Iceland and appear both familiar and uncanny to Icelandic eyes, illustrating how the diversity of experience impacts the depiction of a given place. The exhibition shows works by artists who attempt in various ways to transmit their experiences from elsewhere, while simultaneously creating a new experience for the spectator in the here and now—for as the saying goes, it’s the journey itself that matters, not the destination. Curated by Markús Þór Andrésson.

The exhibition includes works by Eva Arnqvist, Einar Garibaldi Eiríksson, Ólafur Elíasson, Johan Furåker, Hamish Fulton, Kristinn E. Hrafnsson, Roni Horn, Unnar Örn Jónasson Auðarson, Haraldur Jónsson, Húbert Nói Jóhannesson, Inga Þórey Jóhannsdóttir, Walter Niedermayr, Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, Katrín Sigurðardóttir , Fiete Stolte, John Bock, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir, Ghostigital/Finnbogi Pétursson/Skúli Sverrisson, Peter Hutton, Wolfgang Müller, Rory Middleton, Deborah Stratman, Institut für Raumexperimente

Curatorial text

Film, Video- and Sound Art Program:

Every day:
Hringurinn / Ring Road, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, 1985 (80 mín.)
11:30 Hekla, Haraldur Jónsson, 2001 (10 mín.)
12:00 Skipholt, John Bock, 2005 (55 mín.)
13:00 Frá Hetty til Nancy / From Hetty to Nancy, Deborah Stratman, 1997 (44 mín.)
14:00 Bergmál er dvergmál, Kafli 1: Ísland - land án járnbrautar / Das Echo ist der Zwerge Sprache, Teil I: Island - Land ohne Eisenbahn, Wolfgang Müller, 1999 (22 mín.)
14:30 Rangsælis / Counterclockwise, Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir, 2011 (12 mín.)
15:00 Skagafjörður, Peter Hutton, 2003 (35 mín.)
16:00 Í leit að hérna / Searching for Hjetna, Rory Middleton, 2010 (45 mín.)
17:00 Museum closes

Hringurinn / Ring Road, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, 1985 (80 mín.)
18:30 Bergmál er dvergmál, Kafli 4: Norðurljósaniðurinn / Das Echo ist der Zwerge Sprache, Teil IV - Das Nordlichtgeräusch, Wolfgang Müller, 1999 (20 mín.)
19:00 Í leit að hérna / Searching for Hjetna, Rory Middleton, 2010 (45 mín.)
20:00 Museum closes

Aero, 2008, Ghostigital/Finnbogi Pétursson/Skúli Sverrisson

Other Programme:

Sunday 23 January 3 p.m.
Hafnarhús – Without Destination
Curator’s talk with Markús Þór Andrésson.

Sunday 20 February 3 p.m.
Hafnarhús – Without Destination
Artists’ talk with Kristinn E. Hrafnsson and Inga Þórey Jóhannsdóttir.

Sunday 27 March 3 p.m.
Hafnarhús – Without Destination
Gallery talk for the family.

Sunday 3 April 3 p.m.
Hafnarhús – Without Destination
Gallery talk with curator Markús Þór Andrésson along with the artists
Einar Garibaldi Eiríksson and Haraldur Jónsson.

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