Keep Frozen Projects is rooted in an one artists ongoing research project Keep Frozen by Hulda Ros Gudnadóttir. Starting as early as in 2010 with researching childhood memories of the aesthetics of living on the harbour, on the docks and by the sea the project developed into having a more broader focus on harbour aesthetics in general and more specifically the heart of those aesthetics: dock labour, movements and materiality.
The research has taken the artist to variety of places along the Atlantic Ocean; to the isolated West fjords of Iceland; to New York City; to Islamic North-Africa and to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland; to a forgotten unloading port; to ancient trade centre; to abandoned beaches; mid amongst the dock workers and to a village of 166 inhabitants. There has also been studio experimentation and reflection; making of art works and exhibition and film and video making that have been used as tools of research.
Browsing through existing literature on artistic research in 2012 it became clear to Gudnadóttir that there is a need out there that artists themselves tell their many different stories about what artists are actually doing when they call themselves researchers. Thus the idea for the book project Keep Frozen: Art-practice-as-research. The artist´s view was born. With the Keep Frozen Projects the artist wants to take the idea a step further by initiating a project that is about giving artists a platform to share their stories; to show and experience research.
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