Dimensions Variable (DV) launches Process & Pretense, a project by Magnús Sigurdarson. As part of our new digital initiative, we want to focus on artwork that conceptually engages with the internet, social media, and digital space. These tools have changed society as we know it, we want to encourage and support experimentation in this space as a serious place for contemporary art experiences.
Magnús Sigurdarson has made an analysis of the obvious subject of his artwork. On this occasion, he focuses on a number of fixed points in reality which are found both in nature and in culture. Various creations and works of art have acquired significance in the human quest for the sublime. They bring together apparently contrasting qualities: on the one hand, they’re spectacular, overwhelming, and affect us by their sheer scale; on the other hand, they’re modest and symmetrical and appeal to us by their simplicity. Magnús sets out to break these assumptions down into their component atoms, in a quest to find some kind of nucleus – while at the same time asking himself, and us, questions about the internal and external reality of the individual, and his/her attitude to a Higher Power.
This video was shot in Hallgrímskirkja (The Church of Hallgrimur) in Reykjavik, May 15th, 2015.
Part of the ongoing series of Diagnosis of the Obvious. Magnús’ works thus have existential overtones, addressing the theme of the human being in his/her solitude, and the constant quest for means of expression and understanding between people. Magnús is best known for photographic series, video art, and installations in which he references familiar features of pop culture, the media, and higher powers.