Shield II

Welcome to the opening of the exhibition SHIELD II

The exhibition is a continuation of a collaboration between visual artist Æsa Björk and musician Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir.

By mapping brain activity with EEG recordings, Æsa and Tinna set out to interpret the border between an intangible emotional state and the physical manifestation of brain activity. The EEG recordings were transformed into sound waves. The fragile glass shields serve both as canvases depicting the physical movements that took place, as well as soundboards for brain activity triggered by emotional responses and movement. The sound manifests itself as vibrations created by the conductive speakers attached to the glass. By forming a chamber of human proportions the glass shields can be seen as a membrane separating the self from the outside while reflecting an inner reality which often remains invisible.

The first edition of the installation Shield was exhibited for the first time during European Glass Context 2016, at the Bornholm Art Museum in Denmark.


Æsa Björk born in Reykjavík, Iceland graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art with a BA (Hons) 1995 and MDes 1997 and in 1994, she studied at VSUP in Prague with Vladímir Kopecky. In 2005 she co-founded S12 Studio and Gallery in Norway ( where she currently serves as artistic advisor. From 2011-2014 she held a 3 year position as a visiting artist and faculty at the School of Art and Design, Sculpture/ Dimensional Studies, NYSCC Alfred University, U.S.A. Her work has been shown internationally and is part of the collections of KODE Art Museums in Bergen and the National Museum in Oslo, Norway.


Tinna Thorsteinsdottir born in Reykjavik, Iceland, she studied in Hannover and Münster in Germany before continuing her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with Stephen Drury. She has a broad experience with new music and has premiered around 80 piano works especially written for her in recent years. Tinna has performed internationally, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. During recent years she has collaborated with several visual artists including creating interactive sound- and performance works with the glass artist Alli Hoag.

Tinna is one of the artistic directors of CYCLE Music and Art Festival in Iceland.


Vernissage, Saturday February 24th at 7 pm
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 12 – 5 pm
Exhibition is open until March 24th