During a field trip to Reykjavik, I visited the exhibition Time Matter Remains Trouble at the Nordic House. The exhibition is an invitation to question and reflect on the human practice of preserving natural material, phenomena and knowledge. At the same time, it offers various consequences and future scenarios of the decay and transformation of matter and time, with or without the human race as protagonist.
The work of the artist Anna Líndal was especially interesting to me. She has studied the Fagradalsfjall volcano right before and during its March 2021 eruption, collecting samples of vegetation and soil and observing the transformations of the landscape during the event.
How does a place come to be? At what moment does it disappear?Anna Líndal, The Seismographic Trace of Emotion