Dr Alexandra Ross’ trip to Iceland to conduct research on Dieter Roth’s time spent in Seydisfjordur

18 Jun 2015 - 14:30

A recent residency at Skaftfell Centre for Visual Art took CCA’s post-doctoral Fellow, Alexandra Ross to Seydisfjordur, East Iceland in order to conduct research for a forthcoming publication. Alexandra spent two weeks in Seydisfjordur in May undertaking research for an anthology that will draw together reminiscences and anecdotes by the residents of Seydisfjordur concerning the time Dieter Roth spent in the area.

She will return to the town in January 2016 to revisit some of the conversations and spend more time with the people who so generously opened up their homes and shared some time with her. Some recordings were also conducted in Reykjavik with people who had spent time with the artist in Seydisfjordur. Kindly allowed by Dieter Roth’s family, she was able to access the home in which Dieter spent a significant of time creating work and hosting other artists.

The appearance of Seydisfjordur as a quiet fishing town with approximately 650 inhabitants belies its disproportionately creative slant, thoroughly infused with artistic activity. It has spawned several recurring festivals drawing an international audience such as the LungA art and the Blue Church music festivals. As a port city, it has long been open to the flow of people and ideas making it fertile and receptive to creative activity in its many forms. Dieter Roth spent significant time in the town in the latter part of his life and has left a legacy of stories, some creating a myth around the man, others revealing aspects that have not come to the forefront due to the force and proliferation of his artwork. There are already key themes emerging in the conversations gathered around Dieter Roth and his time in Seydisfjordur, and this publication will serve as a dual portrait of this curiously remote, yet connected location, and the man and his time spent there.

As a residency and project space, Skaftfell is dedicated to nurturing and exhibiting visual art, the main emphasis being on contemporary art, and was founded around the memory of Dieter Roth who lived and worked in Seydisfjordur for periods of time during the last decade of his life. Alexandra’s research and practice spans the instigation, capturing and presentation of conversation. Thoroughly rooted in the notion of critical conviviality, she creates environments and taps into interstitial moments of dialogue; focusing on material that normally falls off the record, or is glossed over in the writing of the history of the field.

The publication will come out with Atopia Projects in 2016.

Further info: http://skaftfell.is/