*1973, Reykjavik (IS)
Lives and works in Reykjavik and Berlin.
Can Boulders Love?, 2018
Mixed media installation (video animation, sound, rocks)
Can Boulders Love? is Egill Sæbjörnsson’s new work conceived en lieu using video animation and sound projecting onto real objects, mainly rocks found in the neighborhood of Val Gardena. Icelandic artist is well trained in mountain’s languages as he has been for years involved in polyloguing with stones and other natural matter. In his book Stones According to Egill Sæbjörnsson, he says “we need to erase the line distinguishing between dead and living material, as everything on the planet has happened in an unbroken lineage”. He adds: “Humans are walking and talking stones”. Everything on the planet Earth derives from Magma, from rocks and crystals to single cells, bacterias and animals. Furthermore he states: “Art is a species, walking and interacting with humans”. For Sæbjörnsson this means that art is a natural phenomena that took on further humanized form in exchange with humans, and that art has also changed the human species. Sæbjörnsson compares this dialogue with the dialogue between the animals wolf and humans resulting in the dog. Forms, colours and shapes have in dialogue with the animal humans resulted in the species: Art. Dolomites’ stones rolled down to town and they sit now at the bar of an abandoned and disused Hotel Ladinia, attending what looks like a semi-conspiracy summit; melancholy mood prevails as they contemplate their everyday life as well as, well, their fate… Vertical vertigo? Yeah, another run of drinks assists the dizziness; decadence overturns a call for action. And yet, everyone agrees, loves needs to be reinvented… Everything keeps rolling…