In Art as Object Species, Egill Sæbjörnsson will discuss the theoretical underpinnings of his practice and the processes involved in the making of new work. Quoting Sigríður Björnsdóttir from the book Art Can Heal, “art is an intrinsic force within all individuals”, Egill will talk about the importance of play and his feeling that art is an actual being that stands and looks at us humans and has shaped us throughout the ages. Egill will furthermore share an insight into his upcoming exhibition about character- and worldmaking, at the National Gallery of Iceland, Egill Sæbjörnsson and Infinite Friends of the Universe.
Egill Sæbjörnsson, born 1973 in Iceland, has been making artworks that bring together 3D environments, digital projections, technology and sound for over 25 years. These range from small intimate installations in museum and gallery settings to large scale permanent architectural installations. Sæbjörnsson conceives his work as a technological continuation of painting and sculpture, exploring the space between the virtual and real, mental and physical. His work is playful and humorous but always probing deeper philosophical questions about human and universal existance. He gives regular performance lectures in which he explores the theoretical underpinnings of his practice.
Egill Sæbjörnsson’s works have been exhibited in The Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, PS.1 MoMA New York, Frankfurter Kunstverein, National Gallery of Prague, The 57th Biennale Arte in Venice and in 2019 he was nominated for the Ars Fennica Art Prize in Finland.
This event is a part of the fall 2023 lecture series held by the Department of Fine Art and takes place in the Laugarnes Lecture Hall (L193) at Laugarnesvegi 91, 105 Reykjavík
For further information on the lecture series click HERE.