An excerpt from our application to travel to Iceland to develop interactive shadow art using Northern elements such as wind, snow, and ice.
Artistic duo, Sparks and Crow, are captivated by the heightened supernatural quality of Northern landscapes. Through travel in Northern Canada and Iceland they have come into contact with the rich storytelling traditions and folk belief that permeate these landscapes. Sparks and Crow wish to deepen their relationship with the supernatural Nordic North by developing art that uses shadow as both a central theme and medium.
Shadows exist on the precipice between the seen and unseen, the form and the ghost. As a metaphor, the shadow self, one’s evil or “dark” side, is a concept that has been addressed lyrically for thousands of years.
Research methods will include public interviews, community story collection ‘happenings’ and the study of Nordic literature (incl. Sagas) to investigate historical shadow symbology. Additionally, we will observe shadow’s effect on the natural landscape, explore found materials to create shadow - snow, fire, ice, and keep a personal sketchbook/diary.
Through research we will develop a series of 3-dimensional light/shadow based installations that will showcase in public locations and engage human interaction. Intricate paper-cut designs and found material will be used to create illuminated chandeliers that project wind motioned shadows against snow and the surrounding architectural environment. We will host special events to activate these installations with live shadow performance, vocals, and looping musical landscapes made from the sonic material and stories we’ve collected.
Five focused work sessions will bring us into sustained contact with creative community hubs and research stations as well as offer settled time for creative development.