Chris Paul Daniels
& Anton Kaldal Ágústsson
steinrunnin (petrified) (2023)
Icelandic with English subtitles
Steinrunnin (petrified) is a lyrical exploration of collective and cultural eruptions in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Westmann Islands' (Southern Iceland) volcanic outburst in the early morning of January 23rd 1973, leading to the immediate and safe evacuation of the local population.
Using analogue film observations of the island and other contemporary sites of eruption within Iceland as a focal point, steinrunnin (petrified) maps the personal to broader connotations of cultural and ecological histories.
Filmed in the summer of 2021, in the immediate aftermath of the first waves of the covid-19 pandemic, the work contrasts geographical deep time with the communal aftershocks, impacts and recovery from singular and unexpected events.
Chris Paul Daniels (b. 1981) graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and lives and works in Manchester, UK. Residencies include Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Recent exhibitions include Northern Lights at The Grundy Art Gallery, The Book of Lies at the National Museum of Iceland, and Is there anybody there? – a solo show at HOME.
Anton Kaldal Águstsson (b. 1983) is a Reykjavik-based composer (Tonik Ensemble), designer and author exploring the intersection of sight and sound– between design and composition. Synaesthesia informs much of Anton’s creative work, resulting in the convergence of color, form and visual compositions in both his design and music outputs.