A Cartography of Iconic Memory

The Project

Interested in using technology to bring new life to over-looked spaces, Morgan Rhys Tams created four short, site-specific animation pieces in rural Iceland over the winter of 2014.

Accessible by using a smart phone to scan permanently installed QR codes placed around the small fishing village of Skagaströnd, project participants interested in viewing the work must follow a map from one hidden location to another: along gravel streets, through overgrown fields and across rugged coastline in order to engage with the production, resulting in a collaboration between the artist, the viewer, the landscape, and networked data.

The project consists of two components:

1. A series of site specific networked installations in the town of Skagaströnd.

2. A web-based documentary which attempts to recreate the experience for those of us who are unwilling to make the trek to Iceland.

You can read a detailed interview about the project here.

The Process

This project was developed over the course of three months at the NES Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. It is a combination of stop motion animation, observational documentary, relational aesthetics and a network-based art practice.

Watch the Film

Click the image below to watch the film in a new window. Note that this film is non-linear, and much like it's site specific counterpart, requires interaction from the user. At this time it cannot currently be viewed on mobile devices.


Produced, Directed, and Photographed by:
Morgan Rhys Tams
Music by:
Brooke Gallupe
Interactive Film Software:

Thank You:
Melody Woodnutt, Tim Marshall, Yu Araki, Rachel Lin Weaver, Emily McAllan, Temujin Doran, Alasdair Bayne, Boris Schaarschmidt, Shilpa Munikempanna, Jane Amara Ross, Jolene Mok, Kim Halifax, NES Artist Residency, Magnus the Mayor, Arni Geir, Matt Soar, Adrian Miles, Korsakow, Hannah Mackenzie, Dr. Mike Emme, Dr. Robert Dalton, Kimara Brilling, Norman Yeung, Peter Sandmark, Gaye Tams, Sheree Tams, Liam Sharp, Brooke Gallupe, HTML5 UP, Fab Lab Sauderkrokur, The town of Skagastrond, and the wild and free nation of Iceland.

The artist would like to acknowledge the assistance of the British Columbia Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts in the creation of this project.

Produced in conjunction with the Weight of Mountains Filmmaker Development Program, 2014.

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