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ATELIERS OUVERTES 2022 - 14-15 and 21-22 May 2022

photocredits@Eliane Rutishauser

 óveður / storm / sturm -  a date with Iceland and the artists / 7th May 2022


Ariane Lugeon (Basel) & Barbara Meyer Cesta (Biel/Bienne) give us a personal insight into their stay in Iceland.


Afterwards we will dive into a cinematic adventure by the Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson.

  • 18.00 - 19.30 Artist Talk

  • 20.00 - 22.00 Film screening: "Against the Current" by Benedikt Erlingsson (IS/F 2018).


Bar, aperitif & music. Collection
We look forward to travelling together to a land full of archaic and mysticism.

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Chaos & the end of complexity, Reykjavík February, 11 2022

Time and Location

Feb 11, 5:00 PM – Feb 27, 8:00 AM

SÍM Gallery, Hafnarstræti 16, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland


Ariane Lugeon and V [a k.a Ayis Zita] are part of the SÍM Residency AIR program. They first met there [here]. They both work on the immaterial within materiality and like irreverence.


Opening hours: Opening evening 11.02 - 5:00 - 8:00 PM


12, 13.02 - 02:00-06:00 PM

14,1 5,16.02 - 12:00-04:00 PM

17, 18.02 -12:00-06:00 PM

19, 20.02 - 02:00-06:00 PM

21, 22,23.02 - 12:00-04:00 PM

24.02 - 12:00-08:00 PM

25.02 - 12:00-06:00 PM

26, 27.02 - 02:00-06:00 PM

V [a k.a Ayis Zita] is an international abstract artist and curator.


This ongoing series of works [Chinese ink on paper] is entitled "e idol on - NVFT, a cluster", after the Ancient & Modern Greek work eidolon [reflection of self , statuette] which has been misappropriated in english and pop culture as idol. 

It addresses identity [real identity Vs online identity, real identity Vs socially projected identity, real identity Vs wishful identity, identity as set of folded subidentities (sexual, national, professional,

parental )).   

NVFT is an invented term connotating non vectorial fungible tokens; a nonsensical term stating seemingly complex, incomprehensible things so as to project depth and value [same as NFT's].

Ariane Lugeon


I am a textile and performance artist from the planet earth with a Swiss passport. I like to bring traditional handcraft together with contemporary themes, for example, by combining knitting with provocative statements.

Since coming to Iceland I have knit like hell. I knit my first lopapeysa (Icelandic wool sweater) and learned how the Icelandic pattern works. But the City of Reykjavik definitely doesn’t need more traditional lopapeysa. I started to question how I can combine these traditional patterns with new forms. I have also been working on an number of projects exploring ways of linking textiles and digital, drawing on the QR and scan codes which have become an everyday part of our lives.

Knitting is connecting.

The transformation is in progress.

Performance (Ariane Lugeon) for Fimmtudagurinng Langi/Good Thursday 7:00-8:00 PM



Nothing-no room, no time, no grass.

Empty-fuel of emptiness, no color

The beginning of an end.

I knit a white dress. I connect with the thread to the world.

I am turning around myself. Develop the thread which I knitted - develop myself.

Is deknitting a way to transform?

What has happened to me, what has happened to you, during this long term Performance?

Nothing? Chaos? Boring?

Everything? Order? Exiting?

I build a nest with the Chaos. I arrive in Reykjavík and make fire at the *woolstreet*.

The wind is strong , my mind is clear.


Takk Reykjavík & SIM for the warm welcome & collaboration.

Ariane Nanna  Lugeon


Text by Miranda Marcus & Ariane Lugeon 2022


Absence, Presence’ showcases the work produced by international artists at the SÍM Residency, Reykjavík during January 2022.


Featuring textiles, projection, interactive sculpture, performance, photography, and text; the diverse works explore the space between place and time, distant loves, materiality of technology, and the voice of self.

Exhibition open from 25th till 27th January from 12:00 PM till 08:00 PM. SÍM Gallery - Hafnartrsaeti 16, 101 Reykjavík.

Participating artists:

│ Rashelle Reyneveld - USA │ Ian Waugh - UK │ Ariane Lugeon - CH │ Carla Zimbler - AUS │ Miranda Marcus - UK

Poster photo by: Ian Waugh - UK
Artwork by: Ariane Lugeon - CH



In the group exhibition WITH(OUT) FEAR, 16 professional artists from various media fields show how the situation of the lockdown has manifested itself in their works.

They are "fresh art from the crisis", which addresses various themes such as isolation, freedom of movement, but also visionary social visions of the future (click on the pic for more information).


8th April 2020 - Basler Zeitung, article and pic by Ana Vujic: Kunst in Zeiten des Lockdowns (click on the pic for the full article)


Foto by Ana Vujic

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