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Á. Birna Björnsdóttir & Bergur Anderson
Ten of Moods
The Pole, Rotterdam
April 17 – May 9, 2021
Ten of Moods marks the completion of a cycle, taking one hard look at the past in order to emancipate possible futures. It appears at dusk, when the day’s work is over and shadow-seeking worlds begin to unfold; when light captures and holds our deepest thoughts and desires. Through systems of representation and numerology we can investigate what the future holds.
The two artists share an interest in the Tarot; it’s forms of progression and numerology, taking them as tools to be placed in relation to their separate practices. The works presented are current cycles seeking representation in shadow play, repeatedly going from darkness to light as we go through shapes and shifts — adjusting our aspirations to the surroundings every time. Is there an end destination?
Let your eyes adjust to dimly roam around and participate in the cycles of Á. Birna Björnsdóttir and Bergur Anderson.
Á. BIRNA BJÖRNSDÓTTIR (IS) is a visual artist based in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2016 and has since developed her practice through research, collaboration and creation of works for diverse settings and platforms.
In her work Birna questions the daily assumptions that many, including herself, are guilty of in our engagement with the material world and the forces around us. She questions a certain preoccupation with the solid and the factual and the structures this way of thinking has brought about. Frequently engaging smartphones in her work as characters or digital prosthetics, her works navigate between worlds of various materialities. At the moment Birna is busy growing a different kind of prosthetic, a phantom limb with which she hopes to explore things previously imperceptible.
Birna’s works have been exhibited by the Reykjavík Art Museum, Cosmos Carl project space, the Living Art Museum, The North Atlantic House, at7 project space and Sequences art festival. Next to her independent practice Birna has co-initiated platforms for art such as the summer camp/collective Laumulistasamsteypan, at7 project space and GSM exhibition space in frequencies.
BERGUR ANDERSON is a Rotterdam-based artist from Reykjavík, Iceland; whose practice is essentially concerned with the relationship between the singing voice and the speaking voice; past and ongoing modes of storytelling; and the agency polyphony has in constructing oral narratives. He works primarily with sound, performance and installation, fabricating the ephemera and fictional qualities of orality into material, time-based and published works.
Bergur's work has been presented in Harbinger and Mengi in Reykjavík; PuntWG and project space at7 in Amsterdam; Rib, Rotterdam; and Kaunas Artist House in Lithuania. Recent releases and collaborations include Operating manual for floating in space, an LP made with artist Mylan Hoezen; and Singing Club of Rotterdam and Audience at Antenne, a tape of live vocal explorations at Rotterdam's favorite bedroom venue. Night Time Transmissions, his first solo album, will be released in the autumn of 2021 on Futura Resistenza.
Kindly supported by Visual Art Fund / Myndlistarsjóður