My own acquaintance with Sjon’s work was limited to picking up his book The Blue Fox and reading a few pages before the doors opened at 7pm. Written in terse, short paragraphs, many of pages are half full, which is not to diminish their strength or magnetism.
Iceland, like other parts of Scandinavia has a rich history of myths. Sjon compared the unstable and shifting landscape of Iceland geologically to the folklore of his country: a world populated by hidden forces. A country of folk stories where nature manifests itself in hermetic customs.
“I am interested in the fact that the human being is always looking for itself in its surroundings. We see a human face in a rock. Nature is a mirror of ourselves to ourselves.”
“Just keep brushing your teeth, no matter how they tell you the world was made.”
If I had to choose one thing that Sjon said that made the evening worthwhile, it would be this: “the lullaby is the origin of all of our participation in culture. I am always aiming for something like the lullaby in my work.” Up until Thursday night, I had never thought about the lullaby as my connection to music, story or emotion.
introduced by Bjork
Moderated by Hari Kunzu
May 9, 2013