Therme Art Unveils Flying Waters by Egill Sæbjörnsson at Messe in St Agnes
For the occasion of Therme Art x Messe in St Agnes, multimedia artist and musician Egill Sæbjörnsson conceived a special site-specific artwork entitled Flying Waters.
This involved a set of evocative and free-flowing water jets being projected onto the façade of the iconic Brutalist St Agnes church for the duration of Gallery Weekend Berlin and Berlin Art Week celebrations from 8-20 September. At Messe in St Agnes, visitors were also able to see a model of The Mother, Egill’s immersive landmark installation currently in development for a future Therme Group facility.
Flying Waters used the building as an all-encompassing blanket, with the “flying water” creating shapes and forms that interacted with the built environment. As with other elements of the Therme Art x Messe in St Agnes programme, the artwork played with the viewers’ senses and perceptions, asking us to reimagine and reconsider our everyday surroundings. The line between real and illusory is often blurred in Sæbjörnsson’s work, highlighting how subjective preconceptions and responses mould the material world.
As a member of Therme Art’s Advisory Board, Sæbjörnsson regularly collaborates with Therme Art’s curatorial team on programming and events, including the Wellbeing Culture Forum. Here, he has contextualised select webinars through sketches and visualisations. Having practiced in Berlin for over 20 years, Sæbjörnsson brings a wealth of knowledge and insight into Berlin’s cultural scene and institutions, which Therme Art has an ongoing commitment to support.
Sæbjörnsson is known for his mercurial and often absurd artworks which have included enlivening everyday cleaning supplies with light projections and making videos of talking rocks. Dada, animism, and absurdist cabaret remain key themes in his work.
Since graduating in 1997 from the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts, he has been working with computer imagery, virtual reality, the internet and its relation to the “off keyboard” or “normal” world. Sæbjörnsson’s recent events and exhibitions have taken place in Hamburger Bahnhof, PS1 Moma, Amos Rex Museum, Frankfurter Kunstverein, The Watermill Center New York and the Reykjavik Art Museum. In 2017 Sæbjörnsson represented Iceland at the 57th Biennale Arte in Venice.
Egill Sæbjörnsson, Flying Waters at König Galerie, St. Agnes
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