Emotional Channel
Angelica Falkeling and Anna Łuczak

30.11.2018 – 02.12.2018

Rib welcomes Angelica Falkeling and Anna Łuczak as they present their latest work, Emotional Channel, the result of their residency in Skaftfell Art Center in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. The presentation includes a live-performance-set on Friday, 30 November 2018 and an exhibition the following two days.

“This place has the smoggy look as the opening scene of Fargo. Kumiko thought the money was real and went for a hunt. James Bond drove with his car over Vatnajökull and close to Eyjafjallajökull R2-D2 with Chewbacca and some Stormtroopers were seen.”

Emotional Channel is the title of a project by Anna Łuczak and Angelica Falkeling. The subjects of lifestyle and precariousness are seen through the lens of cinema, exploring current living and working conditions. Shaky life and its agency is contested via a viral drone footage. They talk and make with and through the female body from an intersectional point of view while exploring contemporary images of labor.

As part of Emotional Channel, the artists use their own electronic devices (laptop and smartphones) with its available software (Instagram, DaVinci, Google Docs and Youtube) and whatever they can lend for free to push what can be shown and told in the scale of the domestic when collaboration and storytelling are co-opted by social media influencers through their handmade commercials.

In October 2018, Łuczak and Falkeling spend a month-long working period at Skaftfell Art Center in Seyðisfjörður on East Iceland. Seyðisfjörður is inhabited by ca. 700 people, and it was once thought to become the Icelandic capital, but Reykjavik had the potential for expansion. The fjord is located between two mountains, Mt. Bjólfur and Mt. Strandartindur. Seyðisfjörður had the country’s first electricity line and telephone communication abroad. Today it makes most of its money from a small fishing factory and the weekly arrival of a ferry from Denmark and departing tourists.

At Seyðisfjörður, the artist put their own bodies at stake via side jobs—Łuczak as a baker and Falkeling as a media marketing translator. Through their anecdotes, aspirations, fragments and documents this is put into play via their staged personas by proposing an alternative artistic geological ground to live and work from.

Emotional Channel is kindly supported by the two artists own capital, Skaftfell Art Center and CBK Rotterdam. The artists would like to thank Anna Falkeling’s Mom, Liesbeth Bik, Bernd Krauß, Małgosia Łuczak, Julia Martin, Philipp Valenta, Hagen Verleger, and Rannveig Jónsdóttir for their generous support.