EXPORTED: Erin Elyse Burns: Part II (Recap on Westfjords Residency in Iceland)
(A Typical Moment on our Roadtrip from Thingeyri to Reykjavik)
Towards the end of our ten days in Thingeyri, there were a number of exciting resident-lead events. Interaction designer Alex Todaro created an experimental dinner party in which the residency participants, founders, and the man whose land we were near (none other than the Icelandic architect Pálmar Kristmundsson) had a outdoor dinner on the beach by the fjord. Our hands were bound together through a system of knots – each person’s right and left hands were controlled by someone else. My left hand: Yasuaki Tanago, my right hand: Mary Fran Cardamone. We were seated in a circle of wood pallets amidst open bonfires. Our food was buried within the site. We collaboratively unearthed raw halibut and vegetables to cook over open flame. We fed each other bread and drank Icelandic moonshine. Perhaps unsurprisingly, all seemed to agree the feast ended too soon.
(Alex Todaro “Conference Spit” Experimental Dinner Setup)
(Historical Photograph (Postcard) of Local Villagers)
(Re-photographic Portrait of Residents and Founders Based on Historical Photograph of Local Villagers)
Five of us embarked on a two-day roadtrip from Thingeyri to Reykjavik that can best be summed up by an instance in which we all, in spontaneous unison, shrieked in overwhelmed ecstasy at the 10pm sun, blindingly beautiful over the Altantic Sea. I spent a few days decompressing in Reykjavik, visited some incredible contemporary art galleries, and had an accidental overnight adventure on the island of Heimaey, in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, due to high seas and gale force winds that made taking the ship back to mainland Iceland ill advised.
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