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Vikings and Runes

Tracey’s latest blog about her residency at SIM in Iceland.

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The other day I went and had my portrait taken at Mink Viking Portrait Studio in downtown Reykjavik, owned by Gudmann. It was one of the few tourist activities I have indulged in while doing an artist residency with SIM – and one which was totally worthwhile.

While I was there I had a really interesting chat with the photographer, Hafsteinn, who is also an artist and has designed his own set of tarot cards.

The studio itself was full of very interesting objects, including lots esoteric books, references to shamanism and Viking paraphernalia. I was thought it was so interesting, I asked if I could come back and take some photos. Hafsteinn kindly agreed and so yesterday I returned to document the space. Check these out.

I brought along my runes and ‘staged’ them in the studio – they do look like they belong here 🙂

What I didn’t realise until…

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More traces in the landscape #TheClippertonProject

Latest post from Tracey in the Faroe Islands.

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Here are the last couple of days worth of Rune drawings from Fuglafjørður, Klaksvik and Mikladalur. I am finding this project to be a lot of fun so far, as I seek out interesting and meaningful places to ‘leave a trace’. What is also really cool is that I have also inspired one of the other participants, artist and jeweller Chloe Henderson to do some chalk drawings outside as well.

More to come 🙂

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Leaving traces in the landscape #TheClippertonProject

Latest post from Tracey about our journey of the #Faroes with #TheClippertonProject

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Yesterday we were back in Tórshavn after travelling from Sandur in Sandoy.

It was great to be back – we went and had a delicious coffee at @Brell, checked out the book shop and then I thought to create an intervention (read chalk graffiti) in the old town. The chalk drawing is a response to my poor lack of documentation through this journey – some days I did not capture any photographs or write in my journal.

The one thing I have done every day is to do a short reading of the Runes. Then an idea came to me that reflected some of my thoughts around place, the past and my experience of that place. I have wanted to find evidence of the Vikings in the Faroes and so far not found much in the landscape or in the towns we have visited. I was looking for things like…

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Way of the Turtle at Water, Peace Power

Our recent project – presented at Parihaka Pa, Taranaki New Zealand.

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In earlier posts about Way of the Turtle I wrote about our collaboration for Water, Peace, Power in Taranaki.

During the residency, we learnt a lot from our mentors Andrew Hornblow, Nigel Helyer and Allan Giddy. We also found the conversations with the other artists very enriching. The final work combined a micro-controller (picaxe) that had a sensor which triggered the audio and the turtle data presented in the spiral tube (representing Biami and Koru).

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Here is our statement for the project:

Art Project Vision for Parihaka

The work for Water, Peace, Power at Parihaka seeks to acknowledge both the tangata whenua of Parihaka and the yenbena of Yorta Yorta Nation. This site specific work is the first stage of the Way of the Turtle project, which focuses on cultural and community empowerment, skill sharing and…

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Remote media: Rust, Dust and Water Memories

Tracey’s latest adventure into Central Australia

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Our journey to the APY Lands Our journey to the APY Lands
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For the last week, I have been in the Central Desert of Australia working on a project with another artist, Renita Glencross. Our project is titled Rust, Dust and Water Memories and is an evolving project exploring place and storytelling via a number of elements in the landscape – some rusting cars along the roadside and the rivers in the region – which are mainly dry river beds.

Aside from being a fabulous artist, Renita is also the Executive Director of a non-profit community focused organisation Ethos Global. Also accompanying us on the journey was one of the Directors from Ethos Global, David Tafler, an academic from Pennsylvania who has been coming to the APY Lands for over 25 years. I had met Dave earlier…

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