Föstudaginn 5. október kl. 13.00 mun Rosie Heinrick halda opinn fyrirlestur um verkefni sín og vinnuaðferðir í fyrirlestrarsal Listaháskólans að Laugarnesvegi 91.
Opnir fyrirlestrar í Laugarnesi fara fram á haustmisseri 2018 á vegum listkennsludeildar, myndlistardeildar og sviðslistadeildar.
We always need heroes
Marking the occasion of 10 years since Iceland’s 2008 Crash, visual artist Rosie Heinrich will discuss her most recent project We always need heroes (2015–2018), speculating on this very topic. Her eponymous artist book, published this month by Fw:Books, will also be presented during this hour.
We always need heroes interweaves a complex of voices, drawn from over one hundred hours of recorded conversations with Icelanders, reflecting upon the experience, remembering and telling of the boom and Crash of 2008. The country was hit hard and fast by the international financial crisis, but rather than purely economic, the Crash was also the collapse of a collective narrative and myth: widely described as a cultural crash.
The material for this project was gathered over the course of two years, during which Rosie Heinrich spent nine months living and working in Iceland. This long-running, multidisciplinary project comprises her artist book and the eponymous 45-minute video work, We always need heroes, a choral piece and songbook (synthesising an economic behavioural model with a lullaby) entitled Rational Inattention, alongside drawings, and photographic works, all of which play with language, make-believe, narrative frameworks and their reflexive nature. The work readdresses our notion of landscape – natural, national and political – by speculating on the politics of perception and selective self-storytelling, and imagines a shift in the ways we listen to, generate and perceive our narratives.
In speaking about this project Rosie Heinrich will unpack her research and working methods and intricate editing processes, her layering of spoken and wordless languages (using notation systems and deviating subtitling), and the processes of selective memory and self-storytelling.
Rosie Heinrich (UK born, Amsterdam based) uses audio material from recorded conversations as a medium to explore the constructs of self-storytelling, belief, reality, and (spoken or wordless) language. Unpacking forms of narration, these methods result in audio and video works, performances, artist books, photographs, and installations.
Heinrich is currently a fellow of THIRD Cycle Research Group at the DAS Graduate School. She received her Master in Fine Arts at the Dutch Art Institute, where she was also member of the research collective APRC. Her works have been shown, among others, at Kunsthuis SYB Triennial (Beetsterzwaag), Cycle Music and Art Festival (Kópavogur, IS), puntWG (Amsterdam), A Tale of a Tub (Rotterdam), Art Rotterdam, and Veem House for Performance (Amsterdam). During 2015–2016 she was artist in resident for nine months at SÍM, The Association for Icelandic Visual Artists, in Reykjavík and on location. Here she began her long-term, multidisciplinary project centred around the Icelandic Crash: We always need heroes. Coinciding with the ten-year anniversary of the Crash, her artist book of the same title was published by Fw:Books in September 2018. For more about Rosie Heinrich. For more about the artist book We always need heroes.
We always need heroes includes the voices of collaborators/contributors: Eiríkur Bergmann, Guðbjörg R Jóhannesdóttir, Guðmundur Hálfdanarson, Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir, Héðinn Unnsteinsson, Inga Dóra Sigfúsdóttir, Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, Ragnar Marinósson, Snorri Páll Jónsson Úlfhildarson, Þórunn Helga Benedikz, Birna Bragadóttir (narrator), and others.
The publication of the project’s artist book coincides with the ten-year anniversary of the Crash. This book and a live performance of Rational Inattention will also be presented during the Hrunið, þið munið? (Rememberthe Fall?) conference at the University of Iceland on 6 October 2018. On 6 October 2008, Prime Minister Geir Haarde addressed the nation through a television broadcast, famously ending his speech with the words “Guð blessi Ísland” (“God bless Iceland”). Over the following three days Iceland’s entire financial system collapsed, its three banks falling like dominoes.
° We always need heroes was made possible with the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.
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