Program


Usland - Performance and video-installation
Usland - Performance and video-installation with Mateusz Atman, Agnieszka Jakimiak, Daniel Malone, Agata Siniarska. Curated by Marta Keil and Grzegorz Reske © Agnieszka Jakimiak
Performance and video-installation with Mateusz Atman, Agnieszka Jakimiak, Daniel Malone and Agata Siniarska. Curated by Marta Keil and Grzegorz Reske.

Since overcoming the financial crisis, Iceland has been present in all discussions and debates about political solutions to cope with crises. At the same time, Iceland seems to meet the expectations of European dreams in terms of social politics and civic care, having a sustainable economy with a fair social constitution and equal distribution of goods. Is it really so or would we just like it to be so?

“Usland” invites to an installation of constantly shifting (somewhere between the speed of a glacier and a stockmarket), objects evoking unexpected shared space between the cliches of commerce, commodity, and artifice, and topologies of isolation, experimentation and the commons. Where's the body supposed to fit? And where's the contemporary art? Let video and sound be your guide.

The performance “Usland” wants to conduct an experiment asking what is imaginable in our positions and within our societies. Could we imagine living in a country without an army or military sector? Would we be able to develop a system of direct democracy? Could we accept a country ruled by artists? What would happen if we treated the cultural sector as the most important foundation of a country? Where do our dreams of society come from? And where do they lead?