Rósa Ómarsdóttir gives an insight into her installation MOLTA in Gerðarsafn. The creative process will be shed light on and excerpts from an exhibition will be performed inside the installation, which will run from January 20th to February 4th.
Rósa’s guest will be Guðbjörg R. Jóhannesdóttir, philosopher and associate professor at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Guðbjörg’s research focuses on environmental aesthetics, environmental ethics, phenomenology, perceived knowledge, physicality, landscape, interdisciplinary work and participation.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome while space allows.
MOLTA is an all-encompassing and interdisciplinary installation and live performance. The artist Rósa Ómarsdóttir creates ecosystems where natural processes transform the space. The insert melts, leaks, breaks down, grows, mixes and evaporates. Compost is a metaphor. Compost is both a soil of decomposition and fertility, where obsolete and obsolete phenomena break down and new ones spring up. In MOLTA, Rósa examines how the ecosystem is unstable and constantly changing. It explores the boundaries of man, environment and technology, where everything affects each other. Humans combine with mushrooms, plastic particles and electrons. What comes out of the compost?
During the opening hours of the museum, visitors of the museum can freely walk around the installation, linger in it and interact with it.
After closing, on advertised nights, a live show takes place throughout the evening. The piece is a collaborative project between Rósa and the Icelandic Dance Group and takes four hours to perform. There, the author reflects on the relationship between dance, choreography, music, art, body and materials, audience and performers.
The audience is invited to a picnic inside the installation. There they meet the performers of the work who appear as sculptures, creatures and animals, nature or forces and are part of MOLTA’s ecosystem. It is a total experience. The audience is offered a place and time to experience ever-changing space, roots, decay and upheaval. The work is an experience of transformation and time. Sometimes the changes are so slow that they are barely noticeable, but sometimes they are so fast that they are missed. The audience is invited to stay, watch, listen, be, hang out, eat, drink and rest while people and the environment are transformed. Then turn around and see the transformation of the environment, look more, listen, sense, take a break, come back to a new space that after a little over four hours may have become a part of themselves.
At the exhibition, it will be possible to get food and drink produced by chef Kjartan Óli Guðmundsson, where ecosystems, the environment and the performers themselves are part of what is on offer.
MOLTA was created in close collaboration with the entire artistic team.
Performers: Saga Sigurðardóttir, Karítas Lotta Tuliníus, Erna Gunnarsdóttir, Andrean Sigurgeirsson and Gabriele Bagdonaite.
Music: Nicolai Johansen
Dramaturg: Ásrún Magnúsdóttir
Installation assistance: Hákon Pálsson, Guðný Hrund Sigurðardóttir
Light: Hákon Pálsson
Costumes: Kristjana Reynisdóttir
Technical assistance: Valdimar Jóhannsson
Rósa Ómarsdóttir is a choreographer who works across different media. In her work, Rósa explores the relationship between man and nature, in search of non-anthropomorphic narratives. She strives to create a rich ecosystem that unites people, things and invisible forces. Her work is interdisciplinary in nature, interweaving choreography, live soundscapes and visual art, with a feminist approach to dramaturgy that embraces vulnerability and fluidity.
Rósa’s work has been shown at numerous festivals, theaters, galleries and art museums across Europe. These include LOFFT Theater Leipzig, Museum Dhont’ Dhaenes in Ghent, Beursschouwburg Brussels, the Flemish Parliament, Homo Novus Festival Latvia, MIR festival Athens and MDT Stockholm. Rósa has also received a six-month workshop at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and at the Chaillot Theater National de la Danse in Paris, as well as a number of smaller workshops around the world. Her works have received numerous nominations for Grímunn and have been awarded for sound film and as choreographer of the year.
Photo: Hákon Pálsson
Model: Karitas Lotta Tulinius