Being Present


Elizabeth Dunn

This is part of a series, Experiments in Being Iceland, video performances created at Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, a small fishing village on Iceland’s northwest Skagi Peninsula.

The works document my encounters with the epic Icelandic landscape and my attempts to orientate and insinuate myself in it. They reference a text I was reading during that period, Eileen Myles' ‘The Importance of Being Iceland’, where she advocates for inbetweeness as the best state in which to perceive culture.

In my queer experience, where the boundaries between ‘culture’ and ‘nature’ are arbitrary, being inbetween opens new possibilities to conjugate with different minerals and elements to produce, not a new being, but a new state of being–to approach transmutation, a new becoming through conjoined evolution.

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