Gravity - Circular Motion by Lala Alaska published on 2013-01-10T23:08:40Z Earth’s gravitational force is a safety restraint that keeps the world together and us earthbound. Two forces are required to sustain an object’s motion; the clash between effort and rest becomes a motif here. Björk Viggósdóttir’s three-dimensional work challenges our faculties, as the artist requests our participation. Swings are a major element of this exhibition, as tools for perceiving gravitational pull through our own body weight. We sit down, rest our weight, and feel how we are able to relax all the muscles that we otherwise use to keep ourselves upright. In this way we can harness earth’s gravitational force and feel perfect equilibrium within its very pull; yet we are in a constant tug-of-war with this mighty power. Despite the centrality of this natural force, which keeps life going on its circular journey through time-space, we are also compelled to overcome it, even battle it. We rise through buildings in elevators, fly through the sky in airplanes, and rocket into space in spacecraft. Yet when we fly in dreams we tend to use swim strokes, swimming being the only weightlessness we know. The second part of the installation is video works. They are composed of fragmentary images collected by the artist in her travels. The mood intrigues as our attention is drawn to different angles on those moments when our gaze is caught by a flag luffing against its pole or fixes dreamily on the dividing line between sea and sky. A reflective air permeates these sequences, blending with an earthbound equilibrium: we are both at rest and in motion. The installation may be read as an invitation of sorts to reflect on our passage through the world, as the artist asks us to reassess what we know about ourselves. Perhaps we all have our feet on the ground, doomed to live with the pull, but in our minds there are no limits. We forget ourselves in daily toil and disbelieve that we can advance our own hypotheses—create our own theories of perfect equilibrium. After all, we live in a fairy-tale place, a bewitching existence, since the only true magic lies in the mundane.