In the beginning of each new week we publish a story about the week that just passed at the LungA School. It comes from the inside and can be about anything. This is the eleventh chapter:
My dear friends
A week ago we had our Final Exhibition. An exhibition that exceeded all expectations. More creative, more personal, more professional, more beautiful than we could have imagined. It was a big exhibition, a long exhibition, a public exhibition. We looked at our work, we looked at our mentors, we looked at each other and we were happy, relieved, ecstatic and proud.
But before this delightful moment happened in Akureyri, the snow fell in Seyðisfjörður. We filmed ourselves crying, we had tons of drawings to complete, we battled with technology, we had sleepless nights and the last lunch in Herðubreið.
We gathered everything we needed for the exhibition – old Nutella jars, frameless windows, broken mirrors, a guitar missing a string. We packed our toothbrush, we bought snacks, we chose our seat in the minibusses and we made epic mixtapes.
We listened to electronic rave, 90’ies ballads and the Prince of Darkness, while we drove through the marvelous, magical, beautiful, ever changing landscape of Iceland. We looked for Loch Ness’ cousin. We crossed rivers, flat lands and lava rocks. We saw mountains, volcanoes and hotsprings.
Great mountain sides and trees along the fjord shores welcomed us when we drove into Akureyri. We met the amazing KAKTUS crew, moved into our intimate sleeping situation, got to know our surroundings. We went to the pool to shower and swim under the open sky. We had coffee and admired the vast selection of stationery. We tried to adapt to the large amounts of traffic and people. We had breakfast in a gallery next door. We became very familiar with the salad bar in the restaurant down on the corner.
We were invited to your house and were surprised, moved and grateful for the kindness, the wine, the delicious food. We gave up the vegetarian lifestyle, got a new nose ring, searched the house for baby pictures.
We went to the gallery and began to shape it into our own. We discussed, we planned, we divided the space into sections. We projected videos through bended glass. We filled a room with sand and rocks. We made a rainy cloud of feelings. We shattered mirrors on the floor. We built a secret sound installation behind heavy curtains. We made new lamps. We turned up the volume. We had a birthday celebration. We prepared for the big opening.
And what an opening! Balloons, snacks, punch, old friends, new friends, family, cool people, art people, many people! Installations, video art, soundscapes, feelings, creativity, photography, movements, music, screams, reflections, performances, poetry readings, sounds, deleting.
Afterparty in the studio, climbing walls, celebrating the success, giggling in the night.
And when it all ended so unbelievably fast, we did the most prompt cleaning ever by the Walmart people. We celebrated with horsemeat steak on toast (and salad bar), drank Irish coffee dessert, had a red wine gathering upstairs. We talked about space engineers, old school mates, the exhibition, the traffic, the weather.
We repacked the minibusses, traveled back through the enchanting Icelandic scenery and had the best adventure surprise!
Out of the minibusses. Stand in the cold. Surrounded by black lava rocks and snow. Go through all luggage to find bathing clothes. Walk on sharp cliffs. Climb the barbed wire fence. Follow the gap of the earth. Cold hands. Cold feet. Go down the canyon without knowing what is waiting and only a rope to guide you. Secret cave. Warm water. Natural hot tub. Magic!
11 weeks of learning, listening, talking, giving, enjoying, reflecting, laughing and experimenting led us to the Final Exhibition in Akureyri. 11 weeks gave us the confidence to expose ourselves, to be vulnerable and to let the world experience a glimpse of our adventure. 11 weeks of fascination, curiosity and openness towards unknown people, medias and processes, made it possible to create an outstanding exhibition. Thank you to all who came by to see our show, thank you to the KAKTUS crew and thank you, Laura Tack and Alex Carr for joining our LungA adventure.