Over the month of August (2016) ten artists from six countries occupied the Verksmiðjan art centre, at the vilage Hjalteyri, on the Eyjafjörður fjord (north coast of Iceland,) for a project entitled, ‘Sumarryk / Summer Dust.’ Responding to the site and to one another, the artists developed a large-scale, process-based, collaborative installation. The ‘Sumarryk / Summer Dust’ artists included Anna Rún Tryggvadottir (IS, drawing,) François Morelli (CA, drawing,) Matt Shane (CA, drawing, drums,) Michaela Grill (AU, video,) Mariana Frandsen (AR, photo), Nick Kuepfer (CA, recording, guitar,) Neil Holyoak (CA/US, recording, guitar,) Hannelore Van Dijck (BE, drawing,) Christine Francis (CA, drawing, bass,) and Jim Holyoak (CA, drawing.)
Working with large-scale wall-drawing, live music, video projection, and audio/video recording, the artists transformed the acoustics, lighting, and surfaces throughout the massive concrete chambers of the former herring factory. They worked continually, listening, watching, describing and responding to one another’s marks and sounds. Video and audio samples were continually collected to document the month’s events, for a yet unreleased film.