A limited edition of 20 copies, containing drawings, text and a transparent 10” vinyl record, released by the artists on 10 February 2017. Layout in collaboration with author, Arnar Freyr Gudmundsson.
The substance of the composition stems from the five ink and pencil drawings, now silkscreen printed and displayed for for the first time on the pages accompanying the vinyl. The drawings have thus far only been audible, never visible. They were used as score and vocalized for a binaural microphone by five vocalists.
For Five Drawings, five jazz performance students from the Academy of Arts in Klaipėda University each performed a vocal narrative for one corresponding drawing. During a workshop in November 2015 the girls were trained to see one drawing each as a score and “read” it. They sang for a sculpture that functioned as a binaural microphone during the recordings. In the recording sessions the space around the sculpture was defined according to the drawing, and the singers moved around the space, vocalizing their lines in relation to the sculpture, and by so doing creating the frame for the composition.
Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir is an Icelandic visual artist living in Reykjavik, Iceland and in Berlin, Germany. Hauksdottir combines elements of audio, video, performance, sculpture, drawing and text to create transient post conceptual assemblies, exploring themes like cultural identity, nature, valour and fear.
Some of her recent displays include Erklärung [Declaration] II, a solo exhibition and performance in Hošek Contemporary, Berlin 2017. Five Drawings, an audio installation in Åkerstrøm Kunstsenter in Oslo in 2017 accompanied with a artist edition of 20/20 including a vinyl with a vocal composition, Five Drawing was also displayed in Nida Art Colony and Ars Communis Residency Centre YO-YO, both in Lithuania 2016, Der Abstand [The Distance] a performance in a collateral event called the Silver Lining at the 2015 Venice Bienale, Erklärung an installation and performance in Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz, Tvíeyrna [Binaural], a solo show in the Outsider and Folk Art Museum, Iceland in 2015, The Census, outdoor audio sculpture and performance in Skaftfell – Center for Visual Art 2014, Iceland, and a collaboration with artist Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir, The Assembly of the Holy, installation- and performative work in the National Gallery of Iceland, Edenborg Culture House and Einar Jónsson Museum, Iceland in 2013-´14.
Hauksdóttir graduated from Sandberg Institute (MFA) in Amsterdam, Holland in 2006 and has been a member of the Dieter Roth Academy since 2000. She was the director of the Living Art Museum in Reykjavík from 2011 to 2014. She is involved in publications, lectures and research on artist initiatives and performance art and holds a visiting artist position at the Iceland Academy of the Arts.