'There is no need to build a labyrinth when the entire universe is one.’
Jorge Luis Borges
Uncertain Matter is a narrative driven audio-installation that contemplates on how to comprehend and define time. Uncertain Matter explores boundaries between fact and fiction, challenges perception of time, our place in the universe and our future within it. Since the industrial revolution, people have become dependent on clocks and time keeping. We all understand time for practical purposes, but the experience of time can also be subjective. Minutes can feel like hours; months can pass by so fast that it is hard to grasp.
The audio-narrative is based on numerous conversations with amateur astronomers, astrophysicists and botanists from Reykjavik and the surrounding area. The story that unfolds gives a personal insight to the thoughts and reflections of the people the artists has spoken to. The project evolved from a three-month residency with the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists in Reykjavik, Iceland (SIM).
Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske, a Swedish-Estonian collective, are travelling to Iceland from the 5th-13th of March 2017. This is to exhibit the audio-installation Uncertain Matter, which will take different forms at various off-site locations throughout the week and so enable the participants to experience the passage of time in different settings. Uncertain Matter can be experienced as an audio-walk at the grounds of the Nordic House in Reykjavik, an audio-installation on a boat at sea in collaboration with Outvert Art Space in Isafjordur, as a video-piece and sound-piece at Deiglan Gallery in Akureyri and as an audio-installation in Akranes Lighthouse. Futher, this journey is to network and establish future collaborations between the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as in between artists, researchers and scientists.
Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske BIO
Bertilsson and Juske’s collaborative practice deals with narrative-based interpretations that explore the subjective experience of time in relation to a specific community, place or setting. Conversations with people connected to subjects the artists are investigating is crucial and becomes a catalyst for developing new work.
Bertilsson completed a Masters of Fine Art with a first class honours in 2015 at NCAD (National College of Art and Design) in Dublin/ Ireland. She pursued Literature Studies during 2011-2012 at the University of Södertörns Högskola in Stockholm/Sweden. In 2009 she graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art Print with a first class honours at NCAD. Bertilsson (b. Umeå/Sweden 1982) has been a member of the Black Church Print Studio since 2009 and Block T during 2015-2016.
Ulla Juske (b.1986 in Pärnu/Estonia) completed a Masters at the Fine Art Media department in NCAD in 2014 and holds a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2011. She is a member of the artist group SUHE in Estonia. She received the Adamson-Eric award for young artist in 2013 and the Young Artist Prize in 2011. She has been collaborating with Ella Bertilsson since 2014. Juske joined Block T during 2015-2016 and the Black Church Print Studio in 2016.