Northern Lights – New Light Commissions for International Exhibition

Curated Place and Visit Reykjavik, with the support of Nordic Culture Point, are developing three major new works for exhibition at Reykjavik Winter Light  Festival. More than fifty applications were received following the call for projects in September 2013 with the final three being selected from an incredibly strong field. 

Bringing together artists from Greenland, Iceland, Denmark, Canada, Norway and the UK the project aims to enable artist to develop their field of practice into large-scale public realm works whilst encouraging creators from different fields of the arts to share skills, ideas and knowledge – alongside creating stunning installations for the broadest audience possible.

Each selected project now has the opportunity to work with architects, curators and technicians to realise their visions through a collaborative process of development.

Marcos Zotes "Rafmögnuð Náttúra" (Detail) - Reykjavik Winter Light Festival 2012 (

Above: Marcos Zotes “Rafmögnuð Náttúra” – Reykjavik Winter Light Festival 2012

After long deliberation we’re extremely pleased to announce the three successful projects:

Circle 6 is a Spiritual Light Installation by the multi-national team of Inuk Silis Høegh(Greenland/Denmark), Arild M. Kalseth (Norway), and Amelie Deschamps(France/Canada). Circle 6 is a three dimensional experimental light installation built around the concept and practice of a healing circle – a healing machine embracing the energy and aura of light.

Høegh’s ambition of scale and presence was recently boldly demonstrated when he transformed the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottowa into “Iluliaq” a monumental Iceberg (the timelapse below from their site): 

Reykjavik based British Artist Kitty Von-Sometime, creator of The Weird Girls Project, will draw inspiration from the magic of bioluminescence to create an epic and immersive environment of reactive jellyfish to take over the city streets.

Excerpts from ‘Blossoming Dark’ installation piece, a comment on Kitty Von-Sometime's experiences in China.  Installation of mixed media and performer.  Completed as part of residency at The Swatch Art Peace Hotel.

Finally Icelandic lighting designer and guerrilla lighting aficionado Kristján Gunnar Kristjánsson will work with Örvar Halldórsson bringing together their skills of lighting design and motion graphics wizardry to Wake the City Statues across each festival.

Waking the City Statues installation images lightbulbs

Reykjavik Winter Light festival will take place from the 6th to the 16th February 2014.

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