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We live in a crisis-ridden time of hesitation and do not seem to be aligned for a positive shared future. At the same time there are ideas to confront the explosive issues - climate, migration, inequality, and resources. Goethe Morph* Iceland, a transcultural intervention by the Goethe-Institut and Nordic House Reykjavík, provides a platform for artists, thinkers and activists to share their ideas along an engaging and unifying theme: How we always wanted to have lived!

Artists, artistic collectives, thinkers and activists from Iceland, Germany, Kenya, Mali, Syria, Greenland and Poland have been asked to engage with the theme throughout Spring and Summer of 2022. The growing body of thoughts and ideas came together from 5th to 15th of September in Reykjavík, when the results of their explorations were presented to a wide audience in a holistic program - on site and digitally, at the Nordic House Reykjavík, as well as in schools and in the outdoors.
 
Poetic reflections on the body as a political, cultural, and social oracle merged with future-archaeological, transmigratory, decolonizing, and queer visions of history, nature, time and (im-) materiality. With Goethe Morph* Iceland becoming a recalibration of common knowledge and an invitation to all of us to actively shape the morphology of our lives.
 

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In these encounters, analogue and digital, with bodies and minds, we try to envision alternative forms of living and togetherness along the intersections of art and embodied, critical, philosophy - for entangled modes of thinking can help address the diverse societies we have become. This way we want to activate each other in asking how we always wanted to have lived. Which yet-to-be-imagined visions of life do people with different experiences, different origins have? How can we make these visions visible? How can (embodied) knowledge be put into practice? And can we understand these practices not only as something better, but above all as something different - for a rethinking of the present and future?
 
  • Outside in the garden area of the Nordic House during the CorresponDance workshop Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
  • A workshop participant during the body and mind workshop CorresponDance by Janne Gregor. Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    During the body and mind workshop CorresponDance by Janne Gregor.
  • Choreographer Janne Gregor during her workshop CorresponDance Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Choreographer Janne Gregor during her workshop CorresponDance.
  • People in a room, two dancing in the crowd Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    During event 'The Lost Icelandic Folk Dance' by the artist collective Walther von Goethe Foundation.
  • Curator Thomas Schaupp and t the Goethe Morph* Iceland event 'The Lost Icelandic Folk Dance', curator Thomas Schaupp and Berglind Ágústsdóttir re-enacted a lost dance. Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    At the Goethe Morph* Iceland event 'The Lost Icelandic Folk Dance', curator Thomas Schaupp and Berglind Ágústsdóttir re-enacted a lost dance
  • The artist collective Walther von Goethe Foundation and House of the Deadly Doris with Wolfgang Müller, Ahmad Hamad, Richard Radzinksi and An Paenhuysen in front of the Nordic House. Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    The artist collective Walther von Goethe Foundation and House of the Deadly Doris with Wolfgang Müller, Ahmad Hamad, Richard Radzinksi and An Paenhuysen.
  • Wolfgang Müller handing out certficates during the workshop 'What nationality do birds have?', taking place outside of the Nordic House. Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Wolfgang Müller handing out certficates during the workshop 'What nationality do birds have?'.
  • Evening scene at the Nordic House swamp Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Evening at the Nordic House.
  • Performance at the Nordic House Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    The project 'next II (Mali/Iceland)' by artistic director Janne Gregor included a live performance by dancers Kettly Noël and Charmene Pang.
  • Performance at the Nordic House Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    The project 'next II (Mali/Iceland)' by artistic director Janne Gregor included a live performance by dancers Kettly Noël and Charmene Pang.
  • Audience impression at 'next II (Mali/Iceland)' Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Audience at 'next II (Mali/Iceland)'.
  • 'Oumuamua' the processual sound-performance by Marc Sinan Company in the Nordic House Library Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    'Oumuamua' the processual sound-performance by Marc Sinan Company in the Nordic House Library
  • Oumuamua, the processual sound performance by Marc Sinan Company at the Nordic House Library. Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Oumuamua, the processual sound performance by Marc Sinan Company at the Nordic House Library.
  • Three people in the kitchen presenting a plate Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Chef Kabui and his support at the Nordic House kitchen for the event 'Food for Thought'.
  • Chef Kabui on the philosophy behind his decolonial food intervention. Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Chef Kabui on the philosophy behind his decolonial food intervention.
  • Decolonial Plate with rice, black eyed peas and beet root Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Decolonial Plate.
  • People gathering in the foyer of the Nordic House Reykjavík Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Goethe Morph* Iceland event with the Ambassador of Germany and the curators Arnbjörg Marie Danielsen and Thomas Schaupp and opening of the exhibition 'Growing Body of Evidence'
  • 'Spinning Rooftops': performance by FRZNTE on the rooftop of Nordic House Iceland Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    'Spinning Rooftops': performance by FRZNTE on the rooftop of Nordic House Iceland.
  • 'Spinning Rooftops': performance by FRZNTE on the rooftop of Nordic House Iceland Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    'Spinning Rooftops': performance by FRZNTE on the rooftop of Nordic House Iceland.
  • Woman sitting on the floor in front of the screen of ARK1 by Colette Sadler Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Members of the audience waiting for the performance ARK1 by Colette Sadler to begin.
  • Leah Marojevic in the performance ARK 1 by Colette Sadler Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Leah Marojevic in the performance ARK 1 by Colette Sadler.
  • ARK 1 performance Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    ARK 1: Performance by Colette Sadler with Leah Marjanovic.
  • Red and pink wide sky Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Evening sky over Reykjavík.
  • Exhibition view of Aneta Grzeszykowska Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Exhibition view of Aneta Grzeszykowska's work MODEL.
  • Pole dancer on roof of Nordic House Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Another 'Spinning Rooftop' performance on Sunday by FRZNTE
  • Afrofuturistic Conscious Cuisine by Chef Kabui as part of the project Unexpected Lessons #2 Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Afrofuturistic Conscious Cuisine by Chef Kabui as part of the project Unexpected Lessons #2.
  • People sitting around a table for dinner Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Team members and artists of Talking Objects Lab.
  • Plate with dish of sweetpotato and honey Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Afrofuturist Conscious Cuisine - A decolonized plate.
  • Conference stage with 4 people conversing Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    The performative conference 'Unexpected Lessons #2: Decolonizing Nature' by Talking Objects Lab.
  • hn.lyonga on a chair in front of the audience, pooring water Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    hn.lyonga during their performance 'Memories of trees – tree routes and other Universes'.
  • Neo Musangi during their artistic lecture 'Dogs Hunting in the Park' in front of a screen Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Neo Musangi during their artistic lecture 'Dogs Hunting in the Park'.
  • People in different groups in conversation gathered on the stage Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Breaks in-between lectures and intervention at the decolonial conference 'Unexpected Lessons #2'.
  • Woman in audience holding a mic Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Audience question at Unexpected Lessons #2
  • View of a museum space Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Presentation during the lecture 'Museum as Plantation' by Ayesha Keshani.
  • Green house of the Nordic House Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    The conference ended with a communal eating experience at the Nordic House green house, created by the Filipino-Icelandic artist collective Lucky 3.
  • Lucky 3 in the green house Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Lucky 3 explaining the traditional Filipino festive dinner Kamayan, typically eaten only with one's hands.
  • Food spread out across the table, with candles in between Foto: Antje Jandrig © Goethe-Institut
    Kamayan

 
Goethe Morph* Iceland: How we always wanted to have lived is a trans-cultural intervention of the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with The Nordic House, Reykjavík. Curated by Arnbjörg María Danielsen and Thomas Schaupp.

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