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lusus naturae

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Lusus naturae

Lusus naturae
2014
Ólöf Nordal
Gunnar Karlsson
Þuríður Jónsdóttir

Three synchronized video projections (300X530cm) with multi channeled music and live performance.
Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Art.

Different art disciplines come together in the installation Lusus naturae, creating a flowing experience of a fascinating world of sound and image. Music and images combine in a 3D animation projected onto screens with the accompaniment of a live music performance. The work is collaboration between the visual artists Ólöf Nordal and Gunnar Karlsson and the composer Þuríður Jónsdóttir.

Lusus naturae presents a dreamlike vision of the deep seas. It tells the story of the circle of life: the birth of fictional beings, their existence, death, and rebirth. The course of events is slow, like in the pressure areas in the abyss. Sound and images pull the audience into territory that borders on the natural and the supernatural, figurative and abstract. Exotic creatures that are still completely rooted in reality conjure up a place of strange encounters of the past and the future, tranquillity and instability, a beginning and an end. Are they prototypes of life or visions of an inescapable future? But as with any lusus, playfulness is never far away and fantasy merges with reality.

Lusus naturae is a Latin concept; lusus means ‘joke’ and therefore lusus naturae is a joke of nature, when nature shows its playful side. Within biology the concept is often used to describe unexplained phenomena in nature, the inexplicable and unclassifiable, all kinds of distortions and disfigurement, either caused by man, coincidence or deviations from normal development. In this work we sink into the abyss and watch the bizarre beings living there, their appearance and construction characterized by mirroring, repetition, and symmetry. Meaningless repetition is both mesmerizing and enchanting, and we are simultaneously reminded of how the tiniest deviation from otherwise perfect cellular activity can have peculiar effects.  (See text by Ólöf Kristín Sigurðardóttir, director)

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