NS-12 (2014)

Kristján Loðmfjörð | Konrad Korabiewski

Audio visual collaboration for 8 channels and 1 HD projector, 52 min. Supported by The Icelandic Visual Arts Fund | The Cultural Council of East Iceland | The Danish Arts Foundation | The Danish Composers Society | ZKM – Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

NS-12 is audiovisual collaboration between the flmmaker Kristjan Loðmfjorð and the composer Konrad Korabiewski. Using the means of sound and image, NS-12 poetically portrays the fshing trawler Gullver based in Seyðisfjorður, East Iceland.

The trawler is a self-contained world; a space which functions both as workplace and as collective living arrangement, which is also personally and physically affective. For the people working on board the ship might be seen as a tool, but artistically it is perceived as a living organism, as a musical instrument triggering the senses, and as a visual landscape impressing with textures and colors. The constant sensation of motion from the heaviness and roughness of the rolling trawler conveys

Thus NS-12 captures the moment of an everyday situation applying an expressionistic approach for an experimental outcome. It communicates the human spirit, essential for the experience of the trawler at sea with the ceaseless sound and vibrations of the engine.

The original soundscape for the work is realized as a contemporary composition where all the sonic material is sourced from reality, whereas the imagery is mainly based of still-life recordings where visual perception shines above realism. Together the two mediums explore the complete body of the trawler as a visually intriguing labyrinth, where each room has its own way of carrying the sound from the engine.

The complete work including sound and image is purely feld recorded, accompanied with voiceover recordings performed by the Seyðisfjorður Church Choir and the fourth (and Europe’s frst female) president of Iceland, Mrs. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. Recordings on board Gullver NS-12 took place during the period of September 2012 – December 2013. In 2014 NS-12 was nominated for the Marl Video Art Award in Germany,