The end of Skammdegi Festival 2017
The two sides of an equation – ending note of Skammdegi Festival 2017
The anti-commercialism and the unity of art and life are nothing new. Starting from Fluxus movement in the 60s to Bourriard’s Relational Aesthetics in the 90s, artists have been producing situations that erode the division between subject and object, form and idea, manifesting the inter-expressive aesthetics that shift the focus from the contemplation of art piece as an object-gaze to building up relationship among audiences. In the ever-growing crisis of nationalism and anthropocentrism, the answer to the complex identities between local and global, between human and non-human remains a challenge.
During the Skammdegi Festival, artists recreated intimate local breakfast sessions, a video karaoke room, an audio walks around harbour filled with local ritual and memories, they collected sand, kelps and fish bones by the shore, they hosted voice workshop with global language, staged a dramatised battlefield and constructed a geodesic dome filled with nature soundscape and sang songs of visitors’ hometown in a small round house, all happened in Olafsfjordur, a small village with 800 inhabitants in North Iceland. The artists attempted to reflect, if not resolve the current situations, placing a question of the duality between subjects and objects, between nature and culture, the self and the others, to set an equation with infinite solutions.
– text by Leung Ka-lun