Kammerkór Sudurlands, Iceland

‘Djúpalónsdóttir & Hellnarson’ photographic artwork by Jacob Tekiela, art direction Jobina Tinnemans

Kammerkór Sudurlands (South Iceland Chamber Choir), in collaboration with Curated Place and Creative Europe, commissioned Tinnemans for site-specific choral works for the Cycle Festival of Music and Arts in Kópavogur, Iceland.

Members of the choir traveled to the peninsula of Snaefellsness where, together with Danish filmmaker Jacob Tekiela, they were recorded and filmed singing in and with the landscape.

In Hellnar and on Djúpalónssandur Jobina Tinnemans directed the singers to sing as if ‘they were the sons and daughters of the place itself’ – perched on windy grassy banks or balancing on rocky boulders amongst kittiwake seagulls – in sounds and vocalisations that would resemble a universally shared native tongue known to all living things on earth.

Jobina turned these field recordings into field instruments, virtual instruments that require a nonlinear sense of playing, similar to the unpredictability of natural soundscape. These field instruments are performed by custom-built hardware.

Works that feature the Kammerkór Sudurlands field instrument are Djúpalónsdóttir & Hellnarson (2016) and Varèsotto, Hinterland of Varèse (2019) (see Publishing).