Skammdegi Festival, Northen Iceland
December 2017 - February 2018
A collaborative project by Shasta Stevic and Caigan Meade that simultaneously explored life in two geographical and seasonal opposites.
Shasta was based in Ólafsfjörður, in the north of Iceland, while Caigan was based on Phillip Island, in the south of Australia. Shasta was in the cold and the dark at the height of winter. Caigan was in the heat and the light at the height of summer.
The project took shape over a 10-week period, with the resulting video piece was exhibited during Skammdegi Festival, which ran from 26 January - 4 February 2018 in Northern Iceland.
Three-day performance and exhibition exploring themes of (un)civilisation, progress, human-centrality, environmental degradation and destruction, waste, greed, and fear.
The goal was to utilise a non-traditional form of storytelling to weave a narrative through the small town in which the performance took place over the three days of the performance in order for people to think and talk about their place in history, the past, the present, the future etc.
The project involved spending 48 hours alone in Hallormsstaðaskógur working on various projects including auditioning trees for a reality television show ('Reality Tree-V') as a commentary on the pervasiveness of reality television in today's culture, and writing and performing poetry to an audience of trees (and to a group of school children who happened to walk past the cabin I was staying in one afternoon).