"The Immortal Neobiocosmonaut- Ashes to ashes...", 2009

Installation view from the exhibition "Notes from the Living Dead Museum" at Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2009. A 12 meters long wall-drawing in charcoal moving through the museum.

Ylva Westerlund - Runo Lagomarsino - Olivia Plender
Artists Ylva Westerlund, Runo Lagomarsino and Olivia Plender recently hosted lectures at the Living Art Museum in regards to the works and influences at their current exhibition at the re-titled museum; The Living Dead Museum. In their lectures the artists addressed the early twentieth century British youth movement Kibbo Kift Kindred (1920-1951), led by artist and novelist John Hargrave, parallels between the bank crash and street-revolt against the ruling regime in Iceland and the Argentinian economic crisis and the resulting riots, with a focus on colonialism and rise of nationalistic nostalgia, and ideas of an artist-run museums, collection policies and collection items and if such institutions are in fact zombies.
Notes from The Living Dead Museum consists of older works by the artists and new works that were produced especially for this exhibition: videworks, coal-drawings, installations and a work/comment on the identity and „look/image“ of The Living Art Museum. The exhibition intervenes into the collection and archive project that started at the 30th anniversary of the museum at the beginning of 2008. Since then, the main focus has been on revisiting the history of the institution, a thorough processing of its archives and a re-evaluation of the objectives of artist-run initiatives.//