Sæmundur Þór Helgason is an Icelandic artist based in Reykjavik, Amsterdam and London. Within his practice, Helgason investigates the spatial and sculptural qualities of recording and presentation. His work consists of place-dependent video installations where the architectural- and the momentary context is depicted independently from, yet in relation to what takes place. He designs and builds his own recording devices in order to free the camera from the operator, giving the camera its own path of depiction with its independent gaze and interest. He is a member of 'hard-core', an Amsterdam and London based artist-magnet that operates as a non-hierarchical and non-authoritarian organization which aim is to attract critical thought and facilitate discourse relating to artistic practices and the surrounding philosophical- and socio-political matters. The group develops curatorial methods that objectify preferential aspects of exhibition-making that challenge the role of the art institution and the economic pressure of the art market. Helgason graduated form the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2012 where he was nominated for the Rietveld Fine Arts Award 2012.
On Air: Sæmundur Þór HelgasonWe’re showing three films by Sæmundur Þór Helgason: 90°CCW/CCWR (1) A camera travels sideways at a counter clock wise 90 degree angle along the walls of the exhibition space in a counter clock wise circular movement. What is depicted is the final state of the exhibition space including other works that the camera passes by. The recording is presented on a 9 inch lcd screen placed on the floor facing upwards. Sweeping, Installing, Mopping (1) While a camera hovers above the floor of an exhibition space and travels simultaneously in a clockwise- and counter clockwise manner, the artist sweeps the floor, builds up a screen on which the recording will be played and at last mops the floor. Tourist (india) A tourist video shot in Chennai, India. Some of the scenes are directed by the artist while others are recordings of everyday life encounters.
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Other Videos by Sæmundur Þór HelgasonPIVOT POINT (2) 2012, HD video, 120 min continuous loop, without sound ( excerpt). The work consists of a slow circular camera-movement where the camera orbits and focuses on the point that it pivots. What is depicted is the building-up process of an exhibition. The recording device is electrically powered to maintain a constant speed. The tool that is used for the recording is transformed and reassembled on the spot to facilitate the presentation of the recording. The work was recorded a week prior to the Gerrit Rietveld Academie graduation show on the same days as the show was open. With a random number generator the time of the recordings was chosen between the opening hours of the show. Each day a 25 minute recording was made in the center of a corridor of the fine art section of the show. On that same spot the recordings were shown one after the other on a 7 inch LCD monitor. FOREST 2012, HD video, 3’06” with sound. Location: Aspnäs, Härnösand, Sweden Beemster Hard-core session HARD-CORE started in 2011 as an attempt to create an exhibition with six individual artists. While seeking common ground, conversations about each others work became the most important factor in these meetings. Soon the decision came that the search towards core-elements of the work was more important than rushing into a single moment of exhibiting. These meetings where gradually baptized into hardcore, hard.core or hard-core meetings. The general rule of a hard-core meeting is that a certain amount of time is spent on each work. Mostly a conversation takes about two hours for every person. In this time it is up to the artist self what and how much of the work is shown. Most of the times the works are still in a pre- and rough state. These talks are not necessarily there to discuss finished works. But, rather to dive into the artist's intentions and conceptual thoughts. Question stayed how these different works would function altogether in one space. Would it be possible and necessary to find conceptual links. And if so, would it be needed to highlight these. To trigger and inquire these questions HARD-CORE started to develop curatorial systems. These methods challenges the notion of authorship by leaving decisions to an objectified system. While these meetings where overall rather private, throughout time public moments became something to feed the discussion and a necessary ingredient towards an artist practise. With having a public moment, such as an exhibition, HARD-CORE wants to function as an Artist-Magnet. It aims at creating polars of attraction for several fields in the realm of art. More at the-hard-core.eu Hard-core session with Sæmundur Þór Helgason 7th of March 2013 Hard-core session with Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir 9th of March 2013 Hard-core session with Daniel Dressel 9th of March 2013