Who knew the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) or Elk can be seen in D.C.? That is…at the Kennedy Center…for a approximately a month at the Kennedy Center’s Nordic Cool series—a spectacular display of projected lights on the façade and stoic elk who are made to endure the cold temps of February.
Denmark | Finland | Iceland | Norway | Sweden | Greenland
The Faroe Islands | The Aland Islands
Nordic Cool 2013, the month-long arts festival at the Kennedy Center, featured 750 artists introducing the cultures of the Nordic nations and territories: theater, music, dance, literature, firm, and the visual arts. A particularly noteworthy exhibition highlighted the relationship between contemporary art and environmental sustainability. Icelandic artist Rúrí presented, Archive-Endangered Waters, photographs of fifty-two  endangered waterfalls in an interactive installation that combined the visual and the experience of the sounds of the waterfall. Lingering reminders of the installation can be found at Iceland Re-visited via Nordic Cool | GULLFOSS WATERFALL.
From ancient myths of the Norse god Thor to modern-day crime thrillers like “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Nordic literature is filled with fascinating characters and riveting drama. During our Nordic Cool 2013 festival in Feb. & Mar., we will host a series of panels investigating themes that frequently motivate this region’s literary works. Check out the literature listings on this page for more info.
“Nordic artists, including a percussionist who carves instruments from Norwegian glacier ice, will take over the Kennedy Center next year for a monthlong festival to cap a new season of programs in 2012 and 2013 that were announced Tuesday.”
At the Kennedy Center for the performing arts the Nordic Cool exhibit featured one my wedding dresses. It is a very special dress made in 2007 and I call it the “The Snow Owl Queen dress” it is made out of 3 layers of chiffon silk with bone structure.
Iceland Re-visited via Nordic Cool | GULLFOSS WATERFALL
I went on a mini vaca (tion)…
You have to check-out this Icelandic artists’ installation at the Kennedy Center named Rúrí. She’s part of the Nordic Cool series and her work exemplifies the creativity of the country. If you’re unable to attend, just imagine…a corresponding sound for each waterfall photograph…experimentally successful!
pretty cool…naturally, out of familiarity, I chose the touristy Gullfoss waterfall, which is part of the ‘must see Golden Circle’ tourist attraction…it’s also one of the loudest…with a roaring, thunderous presence…hope you enjoy the Festival!
Here’s a brief description of this spectacular display of photo panels.
“Multidisciplinary Icelandic artist Rúrí seeks to archive these endangered waters in an interactive, multidisciplinary installation of 52 photographs of waterfalls taken on the banks of both muddy glacial torrents and clear mountain streams. The work encourages user interaction and then presents a strong visual and acoustic experience, with the photographs adding their magnificence to the tremendous sounds resonating through the space. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.” FREE event, no tickets required.