24 Feb

Shield II

SHIELD II 24.02.18 – 24.03.18
(scroll down for English)

Åpning, lørdagen 24. februar kl. 19:00
Åpningstider onsdag-søndag 12:00 – 17:00

Velkommen til åpning av utstillingen SHIELD II.

SHIELD II er videreføringen av et samarbeide mellom billedkunstner Æsa Björk og musikeren Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir.
Gjennom å benytte EEG-registreringer av hjernebølger har Æsa og Tinna satt seg fore å utforske grenselandet mellom følelsers immaterialitet, og hjerneaktivitet som fysisk manifestasjon. EEG-registreringene ble omdannet til lydbølger, og ved hjelp av kontakthøyttalere danner lydbølgene vibrasjoner i tynne flak av glass. De skjøre glassoverflatene fungerer således både som lerret for visualiseringer av lydens fysiske bevegelser, så vel som akustiske resonnansflater for hjerneaktivitet utløst av emosjonelle reaksjoner og bevegelser.
Gjennom å danne et kammer i menneskestørrelse kan glassflakene forstås som membraner som skiller selvet fra omverdenen, samtidig som de gestalter en indre virkelighet som ofte forblir usynlig.
Installasjonen Shield ble for første gang vist under European Glass Context 2016 på Bornholm Kunst Museum i Danmark.

Æsa Björk er født i Reykjavík på Island, og har sin utdannelse fra Edinburgh College of Art med en BA (HONS) 1995 og MDes 1997. Hun ble tidlig interessert i glass som skulpturelt materiale, noe som etterhvert skulle føre henne som utvekslingsstudent til Vladimir Kopeckys atelier ved Prahas Akademi for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design.
I 2007 etablerte hun S12 Galleri og Verksted som et åpent verksted og galleri i Bergen. I 2011-14 hadde hun et treårig åremål som gjestekunstner og professor ved School of Art and Design, Sculpture/ Dimensional Studies, NYSCC – Alfred University USA.
Arbeidene hennes har blitt vist internasjonalt siden 1998. Æsa har mottatt flere stipender, blandt dem femårig arbeidsstipend fra Statens Kunstnerstipend 2015-19. Hun er innkjøpt av KODE i Bergen, og Nasjonalgalleriet i Oslo. For tiden bor og arbeider hun i Bergen.
www.aesabjork.net

Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir er født i Reykjavík på Island og har sin utdannelse fra Hannover og Münster i Tyskland, samt The New England Conservatory of Music i Boston, USA, hvor hun studerte under Stephen Drury. Tinna har en bred musikalsk erfaring, og har de siste årene framført rundt 80 komposisjoner skrevet spesielt for henne. Hun er en aktiv figur på den islandske musikkscenen og jobber jevnlig med flere islandske komponister.
Tinna har vært aktiv som musiker/performer internasjonalt både som solist og kammermusiker. Hun har også inngått i flere samarbeid med andre kunstnere og kunstformer, blandt annet medvirket hun i videoverket Constitution of the Republic of Iceland av kunstnerduoen Ólafur Ólafsson og Libia Castro, sammen med komponisten Karólína Eiríksdóttir, som ble vist under Veneziabiennalen 2011.
Tinna er i dag en del av den kunstneriske ledelse av CYCLE Music and Art Festival på Island.
www.annit.is

—–

SHIELD II 24.02.18 – 24.03.18

Vernissage, Saturday February 24th at 7 pm
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 12 – 5 pm

Welcome to the opening of the exhibition SHIELD II

The exhibition is a continuation of a collaboration between visual artist Æsa Björk and musician Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir.
By mapping brain activity with EEG recordings, Æsa and Tinna set out to interpret the border between an intangible emotional state and the physical manifestation of brain activity. The EEG recordings were transformed into sound waves. The fragile glass shields serve both as canvases depicting the physical movements that took place, as well as soundboards for brain activity triggered by emotional responses and movement. The sound manifests itself as vibrations created by the conductive speakers attached to the glass. By forming a chamber of human proportions the glass shields can be seen as a membrane separating the self from the outside while reflecting an inner reality which often remains invisible.
The first edition of the installation Shield was exhibited for the first time during European Glass Context 2016, at the Bornholm Art Museum in Denmark.

Æsa Björk born in Reykjavík, Iceland graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art with a BA (Hons) 1995 and MDes 1997 and in 1994, she studied at VSUP in Prague with Vladímir Kopecky. In 2005 she co-founded S12 Studio and Gallery in Norway (www.s12.no) where she currently serves as artistic advisor. From 2011-2014 she held a 3 year position as a visiting artist and faculty at the School of Art and Design, Sculpture/ Dimensional Studies, NYSCC Alfred University, U.S.A. Her work has been shown internationally and is part of the collections of KODE Art Museums in Bergen and the National Museum in Oslo, Norway.
www.aesabjork.net

Tinna Thorsteinsdottir born in Reykjavik, Iceland, she studied in Hannover and Münster in Germany before continuing her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with Stephen Drury. She has a broad experience with new music and has premiered around 80 piano works especially written for her in recent years. Tinna has performed internationally, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. During recent years she has collaborated with several visual artists including creating interactive sound- and performance works with the glass artist Alli Hoag.
Tinna is one of the artistic directors of CYCLE Music and Art Festival in Iceland.
www.annit.is

16 Sep

“Handmade – Scandinavian Glass Starting All Over”

30/9 – 29/10 2017 Utställningen visar de innovativa tendenserna inom det handgjorda, nordiska glaset just nu, till exempel inom interaktivt smart glass, inom nyskapande projektbaserade samarbetsformer, produktutveckling och affärsmodeller.

Här finner du en lista över deltagande konstnärer, formgivare och projekt!

Invigning kl.14.00, invigningstalare Bernd Arell, Museichef, Nationalmuseum.

Here are pictures of the work Fractures as exhibited at the Glass Factory

07 Dec

Shield

Shield from Aesa Bjork on Vimeo.

Shield 
(Glass, electronics, video projection 
H170 x W90 x D40cm)
The work Shield comes as the first version of a series of collaborative works between the visual artist Æsa Björk and musician / performer Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir named Disruptances, which is derived from the combination of the words disrupting + disturbance.
By mapping brain activity with EEG recordings Æsa and Tinna set out to interpret emotional states and their physical manifestations. The border between an intangible emotional state and the physical manifestation of EEG activity through vibration and sound manifests itself in a fragile shield. The shield acts as a membrane separating the self from the outside while reflecting an inner reality which often remains invisible.

17 Oct

European Glass Festival – Wroclaw – Łódź – Legnica – Kraków

Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde – Play with Glass – European Glass Festival – 17.10.2016–10.11.2016 – opening: 17 October 2016, 5 pm – Wrocław Central Train Station – Session Room

 Kalina Bańka – Poland; Jakub Berdych Karpelis – Czech Republic; Æsa Björk – Iceland/Norway; Javier Blanco – Spain; Jana Hojstričová, Palo Macho – Slovakia; Krista Israel – Netherlands; Maria Koshenkova – Russia/Denmark; Magdalena Kucharska – Poland; Sini Majuri – Finland; Mihály Melcher – Hungary; John Moran – USA/Belgium; Silvio Vigliaturo – Italy; Janusz Walentynowicz – Denmark/USA; Krzysztof Wałaszek – Poland; Bernd Weinmayer – Germany/Austria; Dana Zámečníková – Czech Republic; Barbara Zworska-Raziuk – Poland 

Curator: Anita Bialic

Wrocław – Wrocław Central Train Station – Session Room – 17.10.2016–10.11.2016

Tuesday – Friday, Sunday – 1 pm – 7 pm / Saturday – 10 am – 7pm

Łódź – Municipal Art Gallery – Re:Medium Gallery – ul. Piotrkowska 113 – 17.11.2016–10.12.2016

Legnica – RING Gallery – Pl. Katedralny 1 – 16.12.2016–29.01.2017

Kraków – BB Gallery – ul. Skałeczna 5 – 07.02.2017–31.03.2017

Festival DebutBeginning – Sebastian Kitzberger – Czech Republic 

EGF exhibition:

Where is my paradise? – Shige Fujishiro – Japan

Travellers – Marta Gibiete – Latvia

Transfer – Antonina Joszczuk

Flamingos and Inselbergs – Stefan Sadowski

INSIDE – Magdalena Tyc-Witwicka

HOT DOG – Stani (Stanisław Jan Borowski) 

Still Life – Anna Gałuszka

Memory Cards – Małgorzata Mitka

Festival programme

“We see glass as a solid substance, but in fact, it is a liquid; there are so many ways to use it. We have only scratched the surface,” said Zesty Meyers, who joins Evan Snyderman to make B Team, whose designs include works using liquid glass.

The main exhibition of the 5th edition of the Play with Glass European Glass Festival, which bears the provocative title of Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde, covers the gamut of possibilities available to glass artists in the twenty-first century. In Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson’s world-famous novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), a distinguished London doctor, Henry Jekyll, turns into the cruel Edward Hyde through a serum of his own invention. Jekyll is unable to reconcile himself to the acts he performs as Hyde, and commits suicide.

Stevenson’s novella is a portrait of a person who is pathologically divided; it introduced the phrase “Jekyll and Hyde” into our colloquial language to describe a person with a split personality. Will turning Dr Jekyll into a Mrs Hyde prevent the suicide? Or will Mrs Hyde, like her male counterpart, turn out to be a monster…? The eighteen artists from thirteen European countries who have been invited to take part in the main exhibition of this year’s festival have received a difficult task: to use glass to present a personal tale of a contemporary Dr Jekyll, alienated in the industrial and virtual space of the twenty-first century.

In viewing the works specially prepared for the exhibition, we have no doubt that, as an artistic medium, glass offers limitless opportunities for expression and uncovering the truth of the world that surrounds us.

One year ago, a The Wall Street Journal headline ran: “Glass Becomes the Art World’s Buzziest Material.” The Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde exhibition confirms that glass is “buzzy” indeed.

www.europeanglassfestival.com

egf

16 Sep

Transition at Edinburgh College of Art

ECAtransition_poster
16th -30th September 2016
Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), Sculpture Court, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF

We are pleased to announce that 32 glass artists have been selected for the ‘Transition’ ECA Alumni Glass Exhibition as follows; Emma Butler-Cole Aiken, Amanda Baron, Æsa Björk, Kirsty Brooks, Robin Crawford, Juli Bolaños-Durman, Rachel Elliott, Carrie Fertig, Dominic Fonde, Ainsley Francis, Shaun Fraser, Jamie Gray, Rhian Haf, Siobhan Healy, Alan Horsley, Dr Choi Keeryong, Ida Weith-Knudsen, Gemma Leamy, Malvina Middleton, Harry Morgan, June Morrison, Lisa Naas, Patricia Niemann, Inge Paneels, Agelos Papadakis, Laura Reed, Garvin Sealy, Minako Shirakura, Dr Max Stewart, Richard Wheater, Clare Wilson and Jeff Zimmer. Photographic images of their work will be shown as part of the Transition exhibition and will be shown alongside the members of Staff who taught them over the years; the work of Dr Ray Flavell, Douglas Hogg, Alec Galloway, Dr Jessamy Kelly, Geoffrey Mann, Alison McConnachie, Keiko Mukaide and Ingrid Phillips will be represented.

Photographic prints of alumni work will be shown alongside a selection of historical artifacts, documents and artworks from the ECA Glass archive collection. The exhibition will showcase the wealth of talent, which has emerged over the years from the department.

The show will run from the 16-30th September alongside the North Lands 20 Conference, which is being held at ECA on the 16-18th September. A preview event will be held on Thursday the 22nd of September 6-8pm at ECA.

Glass has been established at ECA for over 100 years, the postgraduate course is unique within Scotland and located at one of the few centres of excellence in this discipline in the UK. Comprehensive college-wide workshops including a state of the art digital fabrication lab and specific hot and cold glass studio facilities enable our students to experience a programme in the conception and production of glass to the highest level. We benefit from visiting professional practitioners and lecturers, and students have the opportunity to participate in live projects and competitions.

For information on the Exhibition see: http://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/school-of-design/news-events/transition

10 Sep

European Glass Context – Bornholm Art Museum

EGC2016 – Curated,
Bornholm Art Museum

Sep. 10 – Nov. 13 2016

This exhibition will be exhibited at Bornholm Art Museum and will be curated by a group of 6 curators. The curators will nominate artists for participation from their region, the curator group will make the final selection.

A minimum of 1, and a maximum of 2 artists from each of the 31 European countries will be accepted and be represented with 1- 2 principal pieces of work.

Participation in this exhibition, is by nomination only.

Who can participate?

All 28 members of the European Union as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland are invited to participate in the EGC2016 exhibitions.

Artists must be of the nationality or be a resident in the country they represent. Artists that took part in the EGC2012, may not participate in the same exhibition category in EGC2016.

Artwork can be made in any technique and form of artistic expression. The materials used in the artwork must be predominantly glass. Objects must be unique and not part of serial or industrial production. Artwork must be available throughout the full exhibition period. Artwork must be contemporary and made in 2012 or later, work produced before this time will not be accepted.

Curator Group

The curators will nominate artists for participation in the curated exhibition at Bornholm Art Museum and the entire curator group will make the final selection.
The curator group will also select participants among applicants for the open call exhibition at Grønbechs Gaard.

The group has 6 members representing various regions in Europe. The curators may come from different backgrounds within museums and education, but have all been invited because of their insight and expertise of contemporary glass in Europe. The curators play a vital role in the profile and organization of European Glass Context. Their choices will outline the direction in which contemporary glass is going in their region.

Europe 1: Maja Heuer, Museum Director The Glass Factory, Sweden

Europe 2: Sven Hauschke, Curator of Arts and Crafts and European Museum of Modern Glass, Kunstsamlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany

Europe 3: Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento, Reader in Glass, MA Glass Programme Leader, University of Sunderland, UK

Europe 4: Dr. Raimonda Simanaitiene, Assoc. Professor at Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Europe 5: Sylva Petrová, Curator at ZIBA Prague Glass Experience Museum, Czech Republic

Europe 6: Maria Luisa Martinez, Museum Director El Museo de Arte en Vidrio de Alcorcón – MAVA

The EGC2016 Prizes and Jury

Two prizes of € 10.000 € and € 5000 will be given to two outstanding artists or artists groups, selected among the participants in the two exhibitions. A jury of three international members with expertise within the field of glass will go through the exhibitions before the opening and select the prize winners. The winners will be announced at the exhibition opening.

The Jury members are:

Åsa Jungnelius SE, Artist and professor at Konstfack Stockholm SE

Jean-Luc Olivié FR, Chief Curator at Musee Les Arts Décoratifs FR

Lars Kærulf Møller DK, Museum director, Bornholm Art Museum DK

Venue: Bornholm Art Museum

Dates: 10. Sep. – 13. Nov. 2016

Participation: By nomination only

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION – BOTH EXHIBITIONS

EUROPE 1

Norway
Monica Alvestad Amundsen

Sweden
Charles Stern
Sara Lundkvist

Finland
Helmi Remes
Riika Latva-Somppi

Iceland
Aesa Björk

Denmark
Mette Colberg
Pernille Braun

EUROPE 2

Germany
Sibylle Peretti
Thomas Kuhn

Austria
Eva Moosbrugger
Verena Schatz

Switzerland
Veronika Suter

The Netherlands
Alexandra Bremers
Katrin Maurer

Cyprus
Yorgos Papadopoulos

 

EUROPE 3

Ireland
Alison Lowry
Sinéad Brennan

United Kingdom
James Maskrey
Karlyn Sutherland

France
Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert
Nadège Desgenétez

Belgium
Ilse Van Roy
Sylvie Vandenhoucke

 

EUROPE 4

Estonia
Eeva Käsper
Eve Koha

Latvia
Inguna Audere
Vineta Groza

Lithuania
Irina Peleckienė
Paulius Rainys

Poland
Agnieszka Lesniak Banasiak
Kalina Bańka

Bulgaria
Angelina Pavlova
Latchezar Boyadjiev

EUROPE 5

Czech Republic
Alena Matějka
Jiřina Žertová

Slovakia
Marta Matejková
Palo Macho

Slovenia
Monika Smolič

Hungary
Diána Farkas
Endre Gaál

Romania
Alexandra Mureșan
Mihai Topescu

EUROPE 6

Spain
Bárbara Gil de Biedma
Esther Pizarro

Portugal
Antonio Severino Pereira
Manuela Castro Martins

Italy
Silvano Rubino
Vittoria Parrinello

Croatia
Gordana Drinkovic

Exhibition catalogue

An exhibition catalogue will be produced presenting all artists with images of their work, critical notes and a short CV, as well as essays on contemporary glass.

Instagram 

29 May

LUXUS and the Glass Art Society Conference

My work SÝN II, will be shown as part of the exhibition LUXUS June 9-11th During the Glass Art Society Conference in Corning, NY

SÝN in Icelandic can be understood both as the act of seeing and as a vision that can be understood literally, or as one pointing towards a more subconscious inner vision. The work shows the act of breathing through a heavy load of solid glass spheres.

I will be attending the conference.

AesaBjorkSYNstill