Once again, URBAN NATION brings “WALLPOETRY“ to Iceland Airwaves Festival. 10 musicians, 10 street artists – what emerges out of this mix are exceptional song interpretations adorning house walls in Reykjavík, visible for everyone before the festival starts on the 2nd of November.
DOTDOTDOT – REYKJAVIKURDOTTIR
HERAKUT – KRONOS ORCHESTRA
Wall Poetry stands for the curator Yasha Young’s (Urban Nation Berlin) idea to connect more creative minds from all over the world with one another and encourage artistic and creative exchange far beyond the inside of a gallery or the recording studio. “The goal was to take the invisible creative process when a painter listens to a record while painting or a musician sees a certain painting or art installation and wants to incorporate the emotional experience and inspiration in her or his songs and connect this process between the two on a very special collaborative platform.”
‘WALLPOETRY’ is dedicated to nurture the exchange and create opportunities between creative genres and cultures. It is amazing what and how much we learn about one another and a country when actually immersing into the culture for a full two weeks. The dialogues and ideas that emerge and the power and beauty of cultures working with one another is something we can learn from especially in today’s world.
WALLPOETRY is taking shape and the artists and bands are inspiring. Here is a first look at the collaboration between artist Heather McLean (Canada) and the amazing musicians from Minor Victories (UK)!
Heather McLean will work on two paintings inspired by these songs given by the band:
Song No. 1 – 100 ropes
“You told me not to take a look
Never thought this could happen
Here we are on an open sea
With no way to go back
You hold me as you shiver
The coral beneath us glows
There’s so much to discover
All my senses are numb
And a storm is rising
The blood rushes and the current swirls
Lungs full about to burst
Like a pulley of a hundred ropes
As you come back up for the next breath
The ocean is at war
Reckless, scattered and torn
There is everything to fear my love
The tide is out and the fight is up”
Song No. 2 – Scattered Ashes
“Tell me what it’s all about
Shed tears for God’s rejected
Cut the cord, rewind the ending
Take my life back to the start
Pick up the pieces of my heart
Let it be over
Smoke another cigarette
Draw into the cavern of my failing
Lungs with heightened senses
All that’s left of a lifetime that we had planned
I am here and you are not”
Next collaboration introduction is the one between pop punk goddess Lora Zombie (Russia) and Los Angeles indie rock band Warpaint (USA).
Inspired from the vey first moment and already familiar with the band – before we even approached her – Lora Zombie immediately decided to dedicate no one but several works to this collaboration. True to the idea of a concept album her plans for the project are to paint all four walls of her little house in Iceland.
All paintings are inspired by the 12 songs on Warpaint’s 2014 album title ‘ Warpaint’.
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