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26 Aug 2013

Skaftfell - Center for Visual Art: Workshop for Everything - October 2013

Illustration: Dieter Roth, Zeitschrift für alles/Review for everything/Tímarit fyrir allt, 1/1975

Workshop for Everything - October 2013
Skaftfell - Center for Visual Art


Dates: October 14-28, 2013. Location: Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland. Participants: Practising artists at all levels
Registration deadline:
Monday September 16, 2013.

Tinna Guðmundsdóttir

Skaftfell - Center for Visual Art, East Iceland
Austurvegur 42
710 Seyðisfjörður

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This coming autumn Skaftfell will launch 'Workshop for Everything', in collaboration with the Dieter Roth Academy. The workshop is about translating a mixture of action, experience, imagination and inspiration in to printed matter in the spirit of the Swiss-German artist Dieter Roth. As a passionate traveller, he realised that the experiences that young artists require would be best gained by travelling and encountering new people and situations.

'Since everything is good as soon as it is printed, and one reads it and one thinks everything is good reading when print, so one can read it and see that everything is good when read even when not printed, but written, since everything, even print, is written, especially when one says everything is good as soon as one reads it, after one or someone has printed it or written it or published it as print or not print, it is good as soon as it is written or printed or print, simply' Dieter Roth, Zeitschrift für alles/Review for everything/Tímarit fyrir allt, 1/1975


During the two-week Workshop For Everything the participants will live and work in the unique and extraordinary surroundings of Seyðisfjőrður and the whole fjord embodies a studio; its nature, history, inhabitants and atmosphere. The workshop focus is a mix of conceptual and empirical research, in a local and global context, influenced by the aesthetic ideology and practices from the Dieter Roth Academy. The program is based on fieldwork, group discussions and lectures alongside independent research. Participants will be provided with studio space and access to the printmaking studio of the Technical Museum with an instructor. The final conclusion and presentation of the artwork depends on the participants and the dynamic of the group. It can be an exhibition, event series, performances, publication or whatever method is appropriate. The workshop will be taught in English.

Guest lectures

Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon
- graphic designer and professor at the Icelandic Art Academy
Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir
- visual artist, director of the Living Art Museum and student of the Dieter Roth Academy
Pétur Kristjánsson
- director of the Technical Museum of East Iceland and professor in the Dieter Roth Academy

Studio space

Each participant will have a workstation during the two weeks, with individual worktables and wireless internet in a shared space. In the second week the the printmaking studio will open and participants have access during office hours. The printmaking studio consist partly of Roth´s own printmaking presses and tools, in addition there is a letterpress, a type foundry and basic tools for bookbinding. Instructor of the printmaking facilities is Jóhann Lúðvík Torfason.


The program starts on a Monday; the coordinator will welcome the group at Skaftfell Bistro at 12:00. The group will have a short introduction followed by lunch and a tour around town. During the two-week period each day starts at 9:00 with a meeting over coffee or tea. The first week is devoted to various field excursions, including a fishing trip and a mountain walk/drive, lectures and discussions. During the second week the group will work independently on their projects at the printmaking studio with the technical assistant. On the last Saturday the group will present their work, either by opening an exhibition or by another appropriate event, followed by dinner. On Sunday the group will have the last group discussion, summing up the workshop and last goodbyes.

What to bring
Warm, waterproof clothes, hats, gloves, hiking boots, rubber boots or other good shoes. Private computers, cameras, video recorders etc. as needed.

Registration form

Available on-line:

250.000 ISK / 1650 EUR
- Registration fee is 50.000 ISK / 350 EUR

- The tuition
- Workshop fee
- Bus transfer from Egilsstaðir Domestic Airport and back
- Boat trip with a local fisherman
- Field excursions

Not Included:

- Flights/Transportation, except bus transfer from Egilsstaðir Domestic Airport to Seyðisfjőrður.
- Accommodation and board
- Material costs are to be paid during the workshop

Chief supervisor: Þórunn Eymundardóttir, visual artist and long-time collaborator with the Dieter Roth Academy.

Group size: Limited to 12 participants.