An installation set to explore movement and navigation; the intersection between man and environment.
The work invites the visitors of SPECTRA to a site more than 2700 km away, as they encounter, in various parts of the city, three cairns (Icelandic: varða, pl.vörðu) actually located in the Þjórsárdalur valley of Iceland.
Built of stones, the cairns were landmarks set to help travellers find their way on perilous trails across the country. The ancient trail, observed by Halla Steinunn since summer 2016, marks the outset of a path over the high plateau Sprengisandur, so titled as people were wont to ‘sprengja’ or exhaust their horses on the long ride over desolate and barren land. Replaced today by other systems, the cairns are still a memorial to man’s navigation through environment and being in the world. As part of the installation, people of Aberdeen and the North East have been asked to lend their thoughts to a sonic component of the piece; an hommage to wayfarer’s tradition of adding a stone to the cairn in order to maintain it for the next traveller.
The work was developed at the Inter Arts Center of Lund University and created in its studios as well as those at The University of Aberdeen.