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Fri, Sep 03


Litla Gallery

Strand Systems - Adam Boyd

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Strand Systems - Adam Boyd
Strand Systems - Adam Boyd

Time and Location

Sep 03, 2021, 1:00 PM – Sep 05, 2021, 6:00 PM

Litla Gallery, Strandgata 19, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland


Strand Systems represents the culmination of Boyd’s month-long residency at SÍM,  Reykjavík in August 2021. The title is derived from the ‘Social Strand System’, a  genre coined by videogame auteur Hideo Kojima to encompass the conceptual focus  of his 2019 sci-fi epic Death Stranding. Having discovered the game during the  outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Boyd became fascinated with its uncanny  representation of a world in lockdown; a post-apocalyptic vision of America - modelled on the unmistakable, yet alien, landscape of Iceland. In Death Stranding,  players trek through unyielding terrain in the hope of re-connecting the world. A  world where weather systems accelerate time, optical phenomena such as rainbows  hang upside down, and deceased souls are stranded on The Beach, a form of  purgatory connected to the world of the living by a link known as The Seam. 

The ‘Social Strand System’ allows a seemingly solitary participant to access  remnants from the parallel timelines of other players. Boyd’s ongoing interest in  opposing philosophical theories and thought experiments such as Determinism, Free  will and the Many-worlds interpretation, attracted him to this version of shared  experience – a dialogue that his recent works aim to simulate pictorially, through  their own quilted patchwork of seams. 

In Strand Systems, Boyd presents a series of material responses to his first-person experience of the country. Textile assemblages stitch together the various strands of  an artistic practice that has developed over the past year to include: multiple craft  competences, photographic printing processes and 3D scanning technology. These  works transcribe the abundance of texture, pattern and the mechanisms of light observed in both the wild and urban Icelandic landscape.

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