Field Essays explores the tactile world of design thinking and making, and takes on the form of an occasional journal. The upcoming issue looks into the work of Icelandic designer Brynjar Sigurðarson.

Instinctively bridging the fields of design and anthropology, industrial manufacturing and craftsmanship, Sigurðarson has built an animated body of work over the past five years. His way of working can perhaps best be compared to the attitude of a hunter on a constant lookout for the unusual, becoming one with the very world he’s studying.

Included in this issue are: an exclusive conversation with anthropologist Tim Ingold, and a 12 inch vinyl record with stories collected, told and illustrated by Sigurðarson. A selection of previously unpublished drawings and writings will thrill amateurs of hand-made details, myths, darkness, isolation, micro-history, memory, stones, animals, and the supernatural.

It’s a big part of my work: to put myself in situations and start from there

Brynjar Sigurðarson
Borgbor Sveinsson Bullfish
Borgbor Sveinsson Bullfish, documentary still, video, 2O'2O", Brynjar Sigurðarson, 2O12, collection MAK Vienna
Drawing, pen on paper, 21O x 297 mm, Brynjar Sigurðarson, 2O13
Prik O2
Prik O2, edited by Spark Design. Birch, fox tail, nylon string, 18 x 18O mm, Brynjar Sigurðarson, 2O11, photography Vigfús Birgisson
Stones, prototype by Manufacture de Sèvres. Porcelain, Brynjar Sigurðarson, 2O12

Entrance Table
Entrance Table, Silent Village Collection, edited by Galerie kréo. Ash wood, metal, Krion, ropes, Nylon strings and various materials including feathers, fur, leather, printed fabrics, chains, hooks.
143O x 146O x 127O mm, Brynjar Sigurðarson, 2O14

Brynjar Sigurðarson (IS) works between Berlin and Lausanne, where he teaches Design research at the Masters department of École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) since 2O11. Sigurðarson received the Grand Prix of Design Parade 6, hosted by Villa Noailles (FR), in 2O12. He has exhibited and lectured internationally, among others at Design Indaba (RSA), Sandberg Institut (NL) and MAK Vienna (AUT). Commissioners include porcelain manufacturer Sèvres (FR), glass research centre CIRVA (FR), Camper (ES), Spark Design Space (IS) and Galerie kréo (FR). www.biano.is

Brynjar Sigurðarson
Brynjar Sigurðarson, 2O12, photography Sebastian Ziegler

Tim Ingold (UK) is currently Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He writes and teaches on issues on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. Design affiliated books by his hand include Lines: A Brief History (2OO7), Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description (2O11) and Making: anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture (2O13). www.abdn.ac.uk

Tim Ingold
Tim Ingold discussing Stones, a set of porcelain
made by Brynjar Sigurðarson.

past issues

Field Essays issue zero

Embodied Pick of Sticks
featuring design duo LucyandBart (AU/NL)
and philosopher Marek Pokropski (PL)

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Field Essays issue one

Every Object Contains an Image
featuring designer Jonathan Muecke (USA)
and artist Bas Princen (NL)

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Field Essays

Field Essays is an ongoing research about the nature of creative processes initiated by designer Sophie Krier (Lux/B), and published by independent project space & art publisher Onomatopee (NL).

In essence, Field Essays tries to capture the way of working of a designer, as well as the sources and motives behind the work. Every issue therefore matches an emerging designer with an artist, thinker or scientist as a way to create an interesting dialogue, and a new perspective on design. Moving back and forth between reflection and field work, Field Essays can be seen as a growing visual grammar of design research.

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galerie kréo
Villa Noailles

in partnership with

Cité Internationale des Arts
Atelier Néerlandais
Ambassade des Pays-Bas, Paris
Spark Design Space
University of Aberdeen, Department of Social Anthropology
Studio for Immediate Spaces/Sandberg Instituut


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