Machine room 03.02.2023 to 02.02.2024

Heimir Freyr Hlöðversson│We are Earth – We are Water

In the video work, We are Earth – We are Water, we get an unusual insight into sublime forms in nature, a poetic view of the micro in the macro, which is enabled by technological innovations. The work is furthermore a dreamy visual play with ever-changing forms that are constantly created around us, but we usually do not notice. We are invited on a journey almost into the materials themselves, their chemical reactions and the intelligence of their transformative processes.

©Heimir Freyr Hlöðversson
©Heimir Freyr Hlöðversson

Nature's transformative process is one of our greatest teachers in life. It has an eternal appeal and reminds us of infinite possibilities and at once of the unpredictability of life. Transformations are part of a normal growth process and life chain, but in recent times different kinds of transformations are taking place in nature due to global warming. These changes have become very real in our time; we not only know about them, but we feel them. We see differences in the volume of glaciers, we feel unusual climatic changes and we see the ecosystem changing. Many of us feel powerless at the thought of how we can prevent further global warming, and what we can do.          

To be human is to be a soul that moves around in an organic capsule composed of exactly the same materials as found in nature. Our bodies are made of oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon, calcium and phosphorus, the same building blocks as in nature all around us.

We are invited to closer observe the material world of nature, closer than the human eye has capacity for. In doing so, a unique area is formed in our perception that opens portals into a visual reality that is connected to the creative and poetic in the human soul.

By observing the visuality of nature, we are more apt to connect with the aesthetic and sacred enlightenment of dwelling in it and experiencing becoming one with it. We connect more closely with nature and our role in preserving and nurturing it when identifying with its transformations through the constant transformative processes that our own human life entails. We feel that we are Earth, we are Water.

- Birta Guðjónsdóttir

Heimir Freyr is a filmmaker, artist and multimedia designer in Iceland. He makes films, art installations and immersive audio-visual experiences.

©Heimir Freyr Hlöðversson
©Heimir Freyr Hlöðversson
©Heimir Freyr Hlöðversson
©Heimir Freyr Hlöðversson



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