"(…) Our mind is hardly ever a mere mirror: filaments of memory connect each of our perceptions to something past. There is no such thing as a pure present. Memories bring into it the past, wishes and expectations the future; imagination and thinking combine all this into new pictures and thoughts."


As Jaan Kaplinski, Estonian poet and philosopher once indicated, there is no such thing as the pure present. The year 2050 came, and we are holding to the past like never before, analyzing what’s and how’s of a different kind. We have learned that to study the past properly, we need to inhale it, and the reenactments became a common practice in emerging fields of arts and science. Based on different types of possessed data, chemical samples, study of objects, texts, but also digital data like 3D scans, sounds or moving images, scientists collaborate with transdisciplinary artists to bring back and reenact fragments of the past. All of that for our better understanding of the present – noticing what can not be seen with the eyes only, but has to become tangible.


For the 2050 we propose to come back to the archive from 2020, when two explores Argi and Ma decided to look closer at the relationism between human, biosphere and mechanized environments in their local context, Iceland. 


The archive will be reenacted to immerse in the past of the future. Basing on the musical notation and instructions left by the two archivers, different artists from within the community will try to translate the 2020 through sound, accompanied by various videos, objects and scents taken from the archive.


The collaborators list includes: Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi, Garðar Eyjólfsson, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Guðrún Heiður Isaksdóttir, Halldór Eldjárn, Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson, Kristjón Hjaltested, Marina Rees & Sam Rees, Marteinn Sindri Jónsson, Páll Ivan frá Eiðum, Sveinn Steinar Benediktsson.


Spatial and technical requirements are yet to be consulted with the collaborators and the curator.

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