What exactly is “Shoptalk”? It’s not your typical artist talk. Unlike traditional artist talks, where only visual artists take the stage to discuss their works and processes, “Shoptalk” boldly broadens its horizons to showcase the creative minds of musicians, dancers, choreographers, and a diverse array of other creative practitioners. The aim of this series is to ensure maximum accessibility, making “Shoptalk” a platform for everyone, whether you’re an art enthusiast, a professional artist, or simply driven by curiosity.
Each month, we feature a different creative practitioner who offers you an enticing glimpse into their unique world of creativity.
We invite you to join us for the first event of this series, taking place on September 21st at the Nordic House. The duration of the event is 90 minutes, during which Lee and Þorbjörg will discuss their works, followed by an engaging Q&A session.
Don’t miss this opportunity.
Admission is free of charge and everyone is welcome.
This event will be in English.
Þorbjörg Jónsdóttir and Lee Lorenzo Lynch are documentary and narrative filmmakers and artists who work both separately and apart. This evening they will talk about their process and screen excerpts from works in progress. These include Þorbjörg’s forthcoming documentary Coca Dulce Tabaco Frio shot on 16mm in the Colombian jungle, a film that explores the indigenous cultures’ religious beliefs surrounding the sacred coca plant. Lee will screen clips from his newest essay film Twilight Economy, which is a part of a series of work that explores the theme of life imitating film and television. This new entry details the failing tourist economy in small town Forks Washington (where the Twilight Saga is set), and misrepresentation of the Quiliute Indians who are portrayed as werewolves and have been thrown into the cultural zeitgeist without their consent. Together the two filmmakers will screen an excerpt from their new collaborative film titled There Once Was a Puffin, about the effects of global warming on Iceland’s Puffin population, as well as a clip from their upcoming historical Viking epic In the Land of Meadows, a hybrid film based on the Vinland Sagas.
Þorbjörg Jónsdóttir is an experimental filmmaker from Iceland who holds an MFA degree in filmmaking from CalArts and a BA degree in visual arts from the Iceland University of the Arts. Her films navigate between ethnography and abstract formalism, exploring preternatural states where oral-mythology and landscape collide. Þorbjörg’s films and video installations have screened both in galleries and film festivals in Europe, Asia and the US, at venues such as CPH:DOX, IMAGES Festival, JEONJU Film Festival, Alchemy Film Festival, and LACMA.
Raised in Redding, California, Lee Lorenzo Lynch (1980) has been making films since the age of 13. He holds a BFA in Film from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Fine Art from the University of Southern California. His films have shown at FIDMarseille, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Full Frame, The Viennale, Tribeca, and Sundance. His second feature length film, The Murder of Hi Good, is a true crime revisionist acid-western set in Northern California circa 1870 against the backdrop of the California Indian Wars.
ACCESSIBILITY: This event will be held in English. The Auditorium and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. Bathrooms are gender-neutral.
Curator: Elham Fakouri
Graphic Design: Janosch Kratz