Tinne Zenner – Nutsigassat
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I’m currently contracting with an Icelandic games studio and am fortunate enough to spend a fair bit of time over there. Recently I visited Reykjavík Art Museum (highly recommended) and came across the spellbinding video work of contemporary Danish artist Tinne Zenner.
Zinner features in a 4 part collective show entitled ‘Tak i lige måde: Contemporary Art from Denmark’ commisioned to mark a hundred years of Icelandic sovereignty and the road to independence from Denmark (Iceland became fully independent in 1944). Zinner’s contribution ‘Nutsigassat’ (Greenlandic: ‘Transitions’) was by far the standout and really blew me away, hence the taster here.
Nutsigassat is an extremely powerful 20-minute combination of text, spoken word and haunting 16mm film imagery, scored with a superb low-range soundscape by Wieland Rambke. The film’s theme concentrates on the power of language as a tool of the coloniser, in this case, the Danish influence over Greenland.
Of particular note is a cleverly designed computer animation (seen below) that appears in such a rudimentary fashion it’s difficult to know how exactly it was crafted, the 16mm post-treatment gives a very 1980s VHS feel. Combine this with Rambke’s brooding soundtrack and a native Greenlandic voiceover with word-for-word translation (broken syntax) and you have some extreme otherworldliness. I was mesmerised upon viewing, and poignantly it’s a piece that quietly blossoms in the mind, majestic if slightly unnerving.
Here’s an excerpt from the film.
‘Tak i lige måde: Contemporary Art from Denmark’ runs at the Icelandic Art Museum until 21 may 2018, if you’re in Reykjavik and fancy soaking up some alternative Nordic culture it’s well worth a visit, the gallery also features the stunning work of Icelandic Pop Artist Erró whom I’ll profile soon.
For more info on Tinne Zenner, visit her site with links to past exhibitions. Also do check out here Vimeo Channel here: https://vimeo.com/tinnezenner all fantastic art stuff, I’ll try and contact her for an interview and full profile soon.
Thanks for reading, back later in the month.