‘Norröna Voyage’
HD Video + 3D Animation, 1-Channel, 11:33 min.
Commissioned for the exhibition ‘Exclusively Inclusive’
Curated by: Jonatan Habib Engqvist
Kópavogur Art Museum Ger∂arsafn, Iceland
October 24, 2018 – January 6, 2019

 


Installation view of ‘Norröna Voyage’ (video projection in the bottom right corner). On the left ´Sonne statt Reagan´ (1982) by Joseph Beuys. Installation on the right ´De Arm´ (2018) by Bryndís Björnsdóttir. Image Credit: Vigfus Birgisson.

 

Installation view of ‘Norröna Voyage’. Image Credit: Vigfus Birgisson.

 

 

 

Stills from ‘Norröna Voyage´:

“Silver lions at Rosenborg Castle”, 3D Animation

 

Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen. HD Video

 

 

 

Couple on the Norröna Ferry, sailing from Denmark, over The Faroe Islands, to Iceland. HD Video

 

Iceland, HD Video

 

‘Norröna Voyage’ departs from a theory by Icelandic Archeologist Steinunn J. Kristjánsdóttir, that claims that at the turn of the 16th century, almost all silver goods in Iceland were shipped to the Danish King’s castle Rosenborg in Copenhagen. The silver was presumably melted down and used to cast the three life-size silver lions that stand in the iconic “Knights Hall” at Rosenborg Castle to this day. In the film the three silver lions become fictionalized 3D Characters, that “return” to Iceland on the occasion of the centenary of independence from Danish rule in 2018.

As part of the project, Kramer embarked on a journey that symbolically backtracked the Danish colonizers former route from Iceland to Denmark. Starting in Copenhagen, she crossed the North Atlantic on board the Norröna Ferry and finally walked through Icelandic Landscapes. During the journey she filmed and documented her surroundings extensively and thereby generated the footage which was later juxtaposed with the 3D animation material in the final work. The notion of constructing a fictional narrative in which the sculptures animalistically attain agency and redefine their own existence, is an attempt to reinforce the necessity of imagining alternative utopian realities.

 

‘Norröna Voyage’ was kindly supported by:
The Danish Arts Foundation
Cycle Music and Art Festival
Danish Art Workshops (Statens Værksteder for Kunst)
The Estate of Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson

 

 

Other exhibiting Artists in ‘Exclusively Inclusive’:
Adam Christensen | Anna Júlía Friðbjörnsdóttir | Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir | Athena Farrokzhad | Bryndís Björnsdóttir | Childish Gambino | Erla S. Haraldsdóttir | Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir | Jeanette Ehlers | Joseph Beuys | Julius von Bismarck + Julian Charrière | Lap-See Lam + Wingyee Wu | Libia Castro + Ólafur Ólafsson | Magnus Sigurdarson | Melanie Ubaldo | Meriç Algün | Pinar Öğrenci | Slavs and Tatars | Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir | Unnar Örn J. Auðarsson | Þráinn Hjálmarsson + Brynjar Sigurðarson + Veronika Sedlmair