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Birta Myrkur

Iñigo Salaberria


Iceland has incredible landscapes to offer, far away and difficult to reach places. Birta Myrkur focuses on one of these amazing sites in the icelandic geography. The evocative power of nature becomes evident in a lagoon near Reykjavik called Bláalonid, the protagonist of Salaberría’s video.
The piece starts with images of clouds blending in with the vapour ascending from the lagoon. The water, which is white, could also be the sky. The speed of the waving steam and the shadows it projects, provoke a feeling of unreality, as if the image had been manipulated.
But after a while of observing nature in its pure state, human traces appear. A chimney, secondary constructions, and some people. People that placidly bathe in the thermal waters and cover their bodies in mud. The field of vision opens up and, behind these people we notice the aluminum factory and its steam columns giving the landscape a disturbing feeling.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Birta Myrkur
  • Direction: Iñigo Salaberria
  • Production: Iñigo Salaberría. 1987.
  • Duration: 00:09:30
  • Original format: Betacam Digital
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright