Deliverables

Awards

Icelandic Art Prize: 2022 Visual Artists of the Year, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson for the exhibition, Visitations at Akureyri Art Museum, 25th September 2021 – January 16th 2022.

Conferences

2021 Topics in Circumpolar Archives, Folklore and Ethnography (CAFÉ). Paper presentation by Kristinn Schram and Alice Bower at the UArctic Congress, Reykjavík, May 15-18.

2020 Life With and Without Animals. Keynote by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson at The second (Un)common Worlds conference at Derby University, November 7.

2020 Polar Bears out of Place: Stories of Humans and Other Animals. Panel and paper presentations by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir, K. Schram & K. Kjartansdóttir, M. Dalberg, A. Bower & V. Ostimchuk, and moderator Mark Wilson, at Hugarflug, annual conference at the Iceland University of the Arts, Feburary 14,

2019 On Power and Letting Go. Snaebjörnsdóttir/Wilson artist’s talk for the Living Extinctions lecture programme at Goldsmiths College, London, November 19.

2019 Visitations: Polar Bears out of Place. Panel and paper presentations by Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson, K. Schram & J. Jónsson, Craig Perham and Aaron Leggett, and moderator Julie Decker. Arctic Circle Assembly, Reykjavík, 10 – 13 October, .

Publications

Debatable Lands: Dialogues from Shared Worlds. A publication documenting the 20-year art practice of Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson, with critical essays by Mark Dion, Terike Haapoja, Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir and Ross Birrell, and forward by Brynja Sveinsdóttir. Editor: Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir. Published by Gerðarsafn – Kópavogur Art Museum, 2022.

2022 Animal Remains: Perspectives of the Non-Human in Literature and Culture (Eds. Bezan, S. & McKay, R). Chapter 11, Data Plus Affect: Interspecific Accommodation in the Models of Art by Wilson, M & Snæbjörnsdóttir, B. Published by Routledge, New York and London.

2022 Sigurjónsdóttir, Æ. Dead or Alive – Polar Bears AdriftSnæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson’s Visitations exhibition in Akureyri Art Museum. pp.203-249 in Debatable Lands: Dialogues from Shared Worlds – a publication documenting the 20-year Retrospective exhibition of the work of Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson, with critical essays relating to both the retrospective show Debatable Lands and the Visitations project and exhibition. Editor: Æsa Sigurjónsdottir – published by Gerðarsafn Art Museum, Reykjavík and Listasafn, Akureyri, Iceland. Summer 2022.

2022 Art in Iceland Issue #2 (Winter) Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson pp.154-59 (Visitations) & pp.185-203, (Art as Disruptive Catalyst: Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson on Their Practice in and Beyond the World of Art).

Kjartansdóttir, Katla and Schram, Kristinn. “Mobilizing the Arctic. Puffins and Polar Bears in Transnational Interplay.” In Loftsdóttir, K., Skaptadóttir, U. D. & Hafsteinsson, S. B. (eds). Mobility and Transnational Iceland: Current Transformations and Global Entanglements. Reykjavík: Háskólaútgáfan, 2020.

Snæbjörnsdóttir, Bryndís and Wilson, Mark. “Shooting the Messenger: no parallel, the impossible alien and an end to island life.” In Antennae, The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Spring 2020, pp 118 – 135.

Kjartansdóttir, Katla and Schram, Kristinn (eds.). Ritið 1/2020. Náttúruhvörf: samband fólks og dýra. Reykjavík: Hugvísindastofnun Háskóla Íslands.

Kjartansdóttir, Katla and Schram, Kristinn. “Mannskepnur og önnur dýr.” In Ritið 1, 2020, pp. 1-6.

Sigurjónsdóttir, Æsa. “Sjónarspil tegundanna: Hvalurinn í öllum sínum (líf) myndum.” In Ritið 1, 2020, pp. 7-47.

Kjartansdóttir, Katla and Schram, Kristinn. “”Fólk í feldklæðum”. Lundar og hvítabirnir á mannöld.” In Ritið 1, 2020, pp. 49-77.

Snæbjörnsdóttir, Bryndís and Wilson, Mark. “Bani boðberans. Rýnt í teikn hækkandi sjávarmáls.” In Ritið 1, 2020, pp. 171-181.

Kristinn Schram and Jón Jónsson. “Visitations: The Social and Cultural History of Polar Bear Narratives in Iceland and the North Atlantic.” In Owen T. Nevin, Ian Convery and Peter Davis (eds.), The Bear: Culture, Nature, Heritage. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer, 2019.

Snæbjörnsdóttir, Bryndís and Wilson, Mark. “On the Oblique Imperative: What Revealing Conceals and Concealing may Reveal.” In Owen T. Nevin, Ian Convery and Peter Davis (eds.), The Bear: Culture, Nature, Heritage. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer, 2019.

Exhibitions

Visitations/Vísitasíur an exhibition by Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson with guest artists María Sjöfn Dupuis Davíðsdóttir and Sabine A. Fischer at Akureyri Art Museum 25.09.2021-16.01.2022. Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir, associate professor in art history, University of Iceland, and co-researcher in the project, is the exhibition curator. Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Kristinn Schram, co-researcher in the project, held two public lectures at the museum in relation to the exhibition and the research process (Sept 28 and Nov 2). See art work from the exhibition here.

In association with the UArctic Congress, participation by Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson in group exhibition Nature in Transition – Shifting Identities, with the work Shooting the Messenger II, held at the Nordic House 17.04-01.08.2021.

In association with the The second (Un)common Worlds conference at Derby University in November 2020, an online exhibition, Antonym was assembled. The exhibition was hosted by the Artcore gallery in Derby, featuring the work Snædís Karen by Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson.

Visitations: Landfall an exhibition of work by Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson and IUA MA graduates and students Sabine A. Fischer, Brian Wyse & Maria Sjöfn, at Rýmd Gallery, September 11-13, 2020. A public discussion was held in association with the exhibition with guest discussants Anna Lindal, Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir and Kristinn Schram. A leaflet accompanied the event, reflecting the research process and results.

Courses

Autumn 2021 and 2022 Humanimals (5 ECTS). Organised by Kristinn Schram and Katla Kjartansdóttir, open for participation of students from The University of Iceland and The Iceland University of the Arts.

Autumn 2021 AnthroZoös – Culture, Power & Empathy Course devised and hosted by Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson involving multiple, international speakers. By examining the relations between humans and animals in specific contexts, we can usefully test many of the behaviours that shape our approach to ‘others’ we encounter in the world, be it individuals and groups, species, types or indeed environments and habitat. In this course, particular attention is given to artists and artworks addressing a wide variety of human/animal and environmental-related subjects, in the context of multiple fields, including popular culture, taxonomy, environmental degradation, animal rights, museology, bioethics, the anthropocene and the sixth mass extinction. Inevitably, this involves the close examination of a multitude of conceptual approaches and corresponding media. Open for participation of students from The University of Iceland and The Iceland University of the Arts.

Lectures

2022 Debatable Lands and Troubled Waters at Institut Praktiken und Theorien der Künste, (HKB Auditorium), Bern, Switzerland. May 4th.

2021 Conversations from Shared Worlds in the conference, Synthesizing Sustainability – Multispecies Storytelling and Plant Blindness. The Nordic House, Reykjavík. Convened by Myrra Leifsdóttir. November 24th.

2021  Gallery talk for Visitations: Polar Bears out of Place at Akureyri Art Museum – 25th September 2021 

2020    Visitations, Matrix and nanoqThe work of Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson, Vilnius Art Academy, Lithuania. 27th February.

2020    Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson paper for Panel: Visitations: Stories of Humans and Other Animals, Hugarflug Artistic Research conference, IUA, 14th of February 2020

2019    Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson paper for Panel: VISITATIONS: Arctic Circle Conference, Harpa, Reykjavík, Saturday October 10-12th 

2019    Ómur óbyggðanna: Draugasafn jórturdýranna, Vísindavaka, Laugardalshöll, Reykjavík, Iceland (28.09.19)
2019 ‘Ómur óbyggðanna: Draugasafn jórturdýranna’, Public Lecture, Vísindavaka, Laugardalshöll, 28.09.19 

2019    On Power and Letting Go, (21st November 2019) Public Lecture by Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson at Goldsmiths College, Stuart Hall Building, New Cross, London