Helena Aðalsteinsdóttir

Considering memory as an arrangement of traces, Helena Aðalsteinsdóttir employs a carefully balanced sculptural language of presence and absence. Soft shapes and familiar objects dot her installations as if floating in a landscape. Wooden beams and television screens serve as primary structures while small objects like sponges or tassels become supporting details. Yet while her specific materials may evoke the body and its orchestration of the installation, she never depicts the body itself.

Instead, human presence is suggested by a pair of shoes left behind or a delicately hung ornament. In her videos, Aðalsteinsdóttir similarly employs a concise vocabulary of materials, but in these works the body functions as a mechanism for replaying and breaking down specific actions: molding a block of clay, bouncing a rubber ball, or toying with materials. By isolating movements and giving them prolonged durations, she gives a sculptural quality to the everyday rhythms of the body.

Margot Norton, 2017.

b. 1990 / London and Reykjavík / hi@helenaadalsteinsdottir.com

2019 - 2020 Central Saint Martins, London, MA Culture, Criticism and Curation.
2015 - 2016 Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, Materialization in Art and Design.
2013 Kuvataideakatemia / University of the Arts Helsinki.
2011 - 2014 Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík, BFA.


THE JEOPARDY, The Laumi Hat on Palanga Street Radio, palanga.live

There he is without a proper diagnosis: Mustafa Boga Solo Show, Leave of Absence Gallery, London.

F_able a curatorial project in engaging with artists and residents of Roman Road in collaboration with The Common Room and Central Saint Martins, London.

Jester's Pool, Artlicks Festival, Middlesex Presents, London.

Radio as Current, An Homage to Fred Hunter’s pedagogy and his role in radio broadcast journalism in the UK, Central Saint Martin’s Window Gallery, London.

Laumulistasamsteypan, Jesters of the Round Table, Hrísey, Iceland.

To that special someone, at7 project space, Amsterdam.

Laumulistasamsteypan, The Year of the Pensive Slug, Hrísey, Iceland.

All Under One Blanket, co-curated with Maja Klaassens at7 project space, Amsterdam, NL.

Capsule, Thom van Hoek and Catoo Kemperman at7 project space, Amsterdam, NL.

Laumulistasamsteypan's Karaoke, at7 project space, Amsterdam, NL.

What are you willing to do...?, Frederique Pisuisse and Nora Hansen at7 project space, Amsterdam, NL.

Laumulistasamsteypan and the Cluster Fog Gig, Harbinger Project Space, Reykjavík Iceland.

Laumulistasamsteypan HAMUR/HAM, Hrísey, Iceland.
dig! dig! dig!, Minne Kersten & Jorik Amit Galama at7 project space, Amsterdam, NL.

GSM: Exhibition Space in Freequences Sequences Real Time Festival, National Broadcasting Service of Iceland, works by Florence Lam, Eggert Pétursson, Sara Magenheimer, Cally Spooner and Styrmir Orn Gudmundsson, co-curated with Ásgerður Birna Bjornsdóttir, Reykjavik, Iceland.

ih-ruph-shuhn, works by Josephine van Schendel, PhED FLIP and Helena Aðalsteinsdóttir, at7 project space, Amsterdam, NL.


Selected exhibitions
Addis Video Art Festival, Guest Program in Addis Ababa.
Jester's Pool, Artlicks Festival, Middlesex Presents, London.

Dakar Heartbeat, Partcours 7, RAW Material Company, Dakar.
Kaffipása, Laumulistasamsteypan in the Living Art Museum, Reykjavík.
To that special someone, Hook, Line & Stinker, at7 project space, Amsterdam.
Year of The Pensive Slug, Laumulistasamsteypan, Hrísey.

GSM: Frequences on Sequences Exhibition Space on National Radio, RÚV, 2017. http://www.ruv.is/thaettir/gsm
A Gigantic Vehicle Made of Rock. The Digitial Native is a Myth: A Yeti with a Smartphone, Sequences Art Festival VIII: Elastic Hours, Ekkisens, Reykjavík. http://sequences.is/sequences-viii/
Laumulistasamsteypan and the clusterfog gig, Harbinger project space, Reykjavík.
HAMUR/HAM Laumulistasamsteypan, Hrísey.
ih-ruhp-shuhn, at7, Amsterdam.
Schism-Chasm w/ Leroy Chaar, http://artclickdaily.info/
Rietveld Uncut, Do You Remember the Smell of Old Computer Rooms?, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

RAAR, Rotterdam Art & Radio, Our crush on glossiness might be linked with our primitive desire for water, w/ Natasha Taylor and Bergur Thomas Anderson.
Junkspace, w/ Minne Kertsen & Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Don't you forget about me, Kolaportið Parking, Reykjavík, Iceland.
Radio Laumulistasamsteypan, Hrísey, Iceland.
?????, Meðvirkni, Harbinger Art Space, Reykjavík, Iceland.
Still Wet, Burgerweeshuis, Amsterdam.
Næturvarp: Náin rafræn kynni / Night Transmissions: Electronic Intimacy, Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, Kling & Bang, curated by Margot Norton, Associate Curator, New Museum.
Material Anyways, Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam.

On the way to Hellissandur with The Demented Diamond of Kling & Bang's Confected Video Archive, Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel.
Vinátta / Friendship, Anarkía, Kópavogur.
Kunstschlager Chamber, Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavík.
Tropicalia, Eiðistorg, Reykjavík.

Svona svona svona, Safnahúsið, Reykjavík.
Iceland Academy of the Arts Graduating Exhibition, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Hafnarhús, Reykjavík.
TREE / Difficulty of Freedom / Freedom of Difficulty, Verkligheten, Umea.
Veldi, Skaftfell, Seyðisfjörður.
TRÉ / Difficulty of freedom / Freedom of difficulty, Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík.
Collaberration, Kaiku gallery, Helsinki
C'mon I am beautiful, XL Art Space, Helsinki
Orðið/Become, Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík.
(I)ndependent People, Reykjavík. Art Festival, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Reykjavík.

Fellow at Raw Academy, Germination directed by Otobong Nkanga, Senegal.
Co-founder of project space at7.
Co-founder of residency Laumulistasamsteypan and The Laumi Hat collective w/ Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir and Arna María Kristjánsdóttir.
Co-founder of GSM, exhibition space in frequencies.