Experiencing a sense of depletion by complicated communication in many of my everyday relationships with people, I had a strong desire to have someone in my life to simply nurture. Inspired by a friend that acquired a chicken after his elderly farmer uncle passed away, I got two chickens – Pina and Toni. I am trying to create and sustain a friendship with these chickens living in my backyard and I ask myself what I learn in that process.
Participants: Svanhvít Júlíusdóttir (human), Pina (chicken), Toni (chicken).
Thanks: Brogan Davison, Júlíus Birgir Kristinsson, Júlíus Már Baldursson, Davíð Sigurðarson, Andrew Bache, Egill Ingibergsson, María Guðjohnsen, Alexander Roberts, Alicia Luz Rodríguez, Kría Birgisdóttir, Snorri Eldjárn Snorrason, Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir, Saga Sigurðardóttir, Kristján Guðjónsson, Sigurður Arent, Edda Mackenzie, Lawrence Le Doux.
Bio: I’m interested in speculating about alternative ways of being in the world, now and in the future. Drawing on a study of philosophical posthumanism, ecofeminism and various spiritual disciplines as well as my educational background in engineering, my artistic practice is based on experimenting with the dimensions and narratives of everyday life to reflect on themes of social power structures, human exceptionalism and earthly survival.