Night Transmissions: Electronic Intimacy

Video art broadcast (and streamed) on Icelandic television, from the new moon to the full moon

Camille Henrot, Grosse Fatigue, 2013, video, colour, sound. 13 min. Courtesy the artist, Silex Films and kamel mennour, Paris

Naeturvarp (Night Transmissions) is a season of video art screenings that are to take place on RÚV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, throughout the night, 1.30am to 7.30am, from tonight’s new moon to the full moon on 22 February. RÚV is available to stream internationally and via a catchup service.

Inaugurated in 2014, this second edition is curated by Margot Norton, associate curator at the New Museum, New York, and produced by local curators Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir and Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir, under the title Electronic Intimacy, with the programme including works by: Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir, Helena Aðalsteinsdóttir, Rosa Aiello, Uri Aran, Peggy Ahwesh, Sadie Benning, Chris Burden, Xavier Cha, Keren Cytter, Zackary Drucker, Mariah Garnett, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir, Elín Hansdóttir, Camille Henrot, Emma Heiðarsdóttir, Katrín Inga Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir, Kolbeinn Hugi Höskuldsson, Loji Höskuldsson, Selma Hreggviðsdóttir, Stanya Kahn, Anna K.E., Ragnar Kjartansson, Kristján Loðmfjörð, Sara Magenheimer, Florian Meisenberg, Nicole Miller, Rosalind Nashashibi, Habby Osk, Agnieska Polska, Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost, Rachel Rose, Aïda Ruilova, Carolee Schneemann, Mary Simpson, Cally Spooner and Erika Vogt.

Here’s what the organisers have to say about the project: ‘Accentuated by the context of viewing the works within the comfort of one’s own home, and during the wee hours of the night, these works pull viewers into close proximity with images on screen. The television monitor, a fixture within the contemporary domestic environment, can bear resemblance to another body in the room—manipulating our senses through images and sounds and engaging provocatively with surreal aspects of meaning. With the advent of smartphones, iPads, and other portable electronic devices, and their subsequent proliferation in our surroundings, the relationship between images transmitted through these personal machines and our own bodies has become increasingly direct.’

8 February 2016.