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High Tide is a group show of seven young artists open daily from 9-18 until July 18th in Harpa. The artists that are showing are Ýmir Grönvold, Nanna MBS, Aðalheiður Daly, Kristín Morthens, Rögnvaldur Skúli, Nanna MBS, QWICK og Dýrfinna Benita.

Fingerprints of time

It’s an ancient wisdom that there are only two days out of the whole year that are no good for creative work. Those days are yesterday and tomorrow. It’s of utmost importance to utilize the today – as it is the only day that affects both what has been and what will be.

One of the fundamental attributes of creative people is to have vision, the ability to imagine and to trust in intuition. Let the mind wander. What lies beyond the horizon? Logic and academic theory are decent backseat drivers for critical reasoning but make poor decisions when at the wheel. The problem is that they rely too heavily on the rear-view mirrors, not seeing what lies ahead. Their eyes at the back of their heads. Afraid of the unknown. The unborn but possible reality.

Many artists tend to drive in the dark – but those who reach a wider and greater success use the headlights free of all fear. They only need a few dozens of meters of visibility to get to the promised land, not necessarily in one night, but one night at a time. Knowing deep down that the promised land lies somewhere beyond the horizon as the possible unborn reality.

Thomas More´s Utopia was followed by the birth of so-called exact science, along with excessive analysis and reasoning. Despite all their skepticism they struggle less with accepting the dystopia but firmly state that the promised land is a fantasy that will never become, call it whatever you want; Shangri-la, Xanadu or Paradise. Utopia literally translates to No-land? and is used mockingly by “intellectuals”, calling this vision a romanticized idea of the perfect world that will never be.

The rest of us know that there is more to this world than can be mirrored and measured. The word Utopia comes from Greek but was originally written Eutopia which literally meant the promised land – related to the Eu- in the word Euphoria. It was Thomas More that cut the ‘e’ from the word in the year 1516, and in doing so created the basis for mocking those who wished for a better world.

The generation exhibiting here is exactly the one that wants a better world. It wants to create a space for itself, where endless creativity thrives without the need of explanation or justification of academic theories, in which the writing becomes more prominent than the art itself. They are unafraid of what is to come. They despite extreme organization, bureaucrats and technocrats. They realize the absence of creativity there. The greatest and most important tools for creative people are intuition and emotional intelligence. Those are the forces that shape our future. Let’s welcome it.