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GIBCA • Inga Svala Thórsdóttir
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Inga Svala Thórsdóttir

Borg (2010–2011)

BORG is me

BORG is a young and an old desire. BORG kindles physical sentiments, emotions, thoughts and intuitions in our brains. In this time-space continuum BORG is not directly visible; it is only perceptible for those individuals who can realize BORG within themselves. The BORG enrichment is not beneficial for anyone. The geographical location of BORG is 21°W and 64°N, in the Northwest of Reykjavik, Iceland. In Icelandic »borg« means town. Skallagrimur Kveldulfsson called his farm »Borg«, when he settled there in 900 A.D. Thus, the location I chose for BORG has a concrete geographical, historical and cultural environment. Nevertheless, BORG can take place everywhere. To define a place for BORG is a gesture – a visible form.

BORG Brain - Garden the Sleeping-Heights

SLEEP IS SO VERY IMPORTANT IN THE SOCIETY THAT MOST OF 

THE TIME SLEEP IS NOT CONSCIOUSLY TAKEN INTO CONSIDERA-

TION AND THERE IS A BIG TENDENCY TO IGNORE THE VALUE OF 

IT. WITHOUT SLEEP THERE WOULD BE NO ECONOMY AND NO 

CIVILIZATION. EVERYONE, IN EVERY CULTURE, NEEDS TO SLEEP. 

SLEEP IS ESSENTIAL TO EVERYBODY. SLEEP IS THE MOST ANARCHIC STATE OF OUR LIFE. WHILE WE SLEEP WE ARE OFF, FOR 

THE SOCIETY, WE TAKE OFF TO OUR PRIVATE TRIP ALONE INTO 

OURSELF, FAR AWAY FROM THE SOCIETY AND THE DEMANDS OF 

THE SOCIETY. THROUGH SLEEP A PERSON DEALS WITH THE INPUT 

OF THE PAST, IN A WAY WE DO NOT KNOW MUCH ABOUT. WHAT 

WE DO KNOW HOWEVER, IS THAT SLEEP IS ESSENTIAL IN ORDER 

THAT WE CAN BE ABLE TO MANAGE THE LIFE AHEAD. SLEEPING 

AND THE VALUE OF SLEEPING IS CENTRAL FOR THE ECONOMY 

OF BORG. THE CITICENS IN BORG HAVE 9 HOURS, PER TWENTY 

FOUR HOURS, FOR SLEEP. SLEEP IS PLANNED BOTH AT HOME, AT 

WORK AND IN SCHOOL. MORE SLEEPING TIME IN BORG WILL CUT 

DOWN THE ACTIVE TIME OF WASTING THE NATURAL RESOURCES 

AND SLOW DOWN THE MATERIAL PRODUCTION IN THE SOCIETY. AS SOCIETY SPENDS MORE TIME SLEEPING, SOCIETY WILL 

BECOME MORE PROSPEROUS. WITH MORE SLEEP WE INCREASE 

THE RESOURCES OF PERSONAL LIFES AND ALSO INCREASE THE ATTENTION PEOPLE HAVE AT SCHOOL AND AT WORK. LACK OF 

SLEEP IS EXHAUSTING, IT REALLY IS A RESOURCE EXHAUSTION. 

THIS EXHAUSTION WILL BE REPLACED BY THE ENERGY GAINED 

THROUGH MORE SLEEP. THIS CULTURE OF SLEEPING WILL GIVE 

THE INDIVIDUAL THE CHANCE TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THEIR 

STATE OF SLEEPING AND TO THE IMMATERIAL PRODUCTION OF 

SLEEP. PEOPLE WILL GET A GREATER CHANCE TO RECOGNIZE 

THE THINKING WHILE SLEEPING. THE ATTRACTIVE IDEAS GOTTEN 

ASLEEP WILL THEN BE THE TASK AT WORK AND AT SCHOOL IN THE DAYTIME. BORG WILL BE NOURISHED BY THESE IDEAS NURTURED IN SLEEP.

Biography Born 1966 in Iceland. Lives and works in China and Germany. Inga Svala Thórsdóttir received a degree from the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts in 1991 and graduated from University of Fine Arts of Hamburg in 1995. Group exhibitions include: The Thing’s Right(s)–Thirty Watercolors, Kontemporär, 2008 – a collaboration with the fluxus artist Wu Shan Zhuan. She has had solo exhibitions among other places at the Hamburger Kunstahalle and the Kunstverein Springhornhof. Thórsdóttir was exhibited at the 8th Shanghai Biennale, 2011. BORG is an ongoing project since 1999.

Photo: Hendrik Zeitler