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Interactive installation at UN Women Iceland exhibition,"Járntjaldið - Glerþakið", Kex Hostel, 2019

collaboration: Þorsteinn Eyfjörð Þórarinsson, photo: Claire Paugam

The work Trypophobia aims to visualize the current and historical state of equality and inequality by the means we measure our societal change and status: numerical data. Using data focused on variables like gender, immigration, cost of living etc., the work reframes the outcome, making it accessible for a different kind of interpretation through an interactive, real time, audiovisual experience, reflecting on our progress as a society towards equal pay.

We want to alter the way we receive this numerical information to seek out new viewpoints and give the audience tools to understand statistical analysis through interaction, music and visuals, thus creating new space for dialogue around the concept. The audience will affect the work with kinetic sensors, giving them the chance to alter both the video and audio using their hands in front of the projection. At the same time, the numbers representing different wage gaps change in sync with their movement.

Society is a living organism. It moves and breathes as if everything moves in symmetry orchestrated by the ones with means and motive to move. Sometimes smoothly, often brutally, we are forced into lanes designed to keep the status quo, chained to work under circumstances we did not take part in making. This is not pretty or easy, and we want to portray the core of these fundaments. Our fleshy organism, controlled by the audience, is ripped apart by wage gaps, found in the economic landscape of Iceland from 2014 – 2017. The sound produced by the organism is eerie, for nothing about this situation should bring peace to ones mind.

Kex Hostel, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2019