I’m New Here
Beth Dillon & Anton Benois
01.07.2015 - 24.07.2015
Opening 01.07.15 6-8pm
Artist Talks 23.07.15 6-7pm
How do you find your way out of an Icelandic forest?
'I'm new here' presents acts of landscape appreciation in a number of locations throughout the north of Iceland. Developed during a two-month winter residency at Listhus Artspace, Olafsfjordur, this series of video, photography and sculpture interrogates processes of viewing landscape and the framing of its representation. In particular, 'I'm new here' investigates the touristic gaze, considering how ideas of novelty, beauty and attraction influence the experience of exotic and unfamiliar places.
This collaborative project was developed in response to theories of critical tourism, particularly in relation to nomadic models of art production in poststudio practice and residency programs. ‘I’m new here’ considers the framing of place and identity in this context, asking:
- At what point do sightseers become artists and tourism becomes research?
- In visiting and working in wild and remote places such as a fishing village in Iceland, how can artists deal critically with post-card landscapes in their practice?
- In situations where the artist and tourist are dealing with the same images and narratives, and using the same technologies to record these experiences, how to differentiate between snapshot and artwork?
‘I’m new here’ was supported by funding from the Listhus SKAMMDEGI
Award, and the Sainsbury Sculpture Grant (NAVA).
Anton Benois and Beth Dillon are a Berlin-based, Sydney bound collaborative duo working in sculpture, video and performance. Their practice investigates the figure of the outsider, considering states of dislocation and frustrated experience of place through artist-audience interactions and installation. Their work develops through acts of repetition and exchange, the aestheticisation of everyday rituals and behaviours, and a playful approach to uncomfortable situations.
Benois and Dillon have recently spent the European winter working together at Listhus Artspace in the town of Olafsfjordur, far north of Iceland. Whilst there, the duo undertook a 60 day program of eating only yellow foods as a form of sun replacement therapy, hosted a community sunshine buffet, created a short film documenting the wanderings of a fish out of water, coerced locals into sharing a bathtub of Earl Grey body brew with them, and took an artificial house plant for a tour of the North Icelandic tourism hotspots.
Benois and Dillon are currently working on ‘Wishful Thinking’, a series of publications and video works exploring themes of procrastination and the dynamics of collaboration in remote places.