Laugardagurinn 13. október Félagsheimilið Herðubreið Seyðisfjörður, Arts and Community Center
Preserving food is a fundamental part of Icelandic culture. Not only is fish and shark fermented, pickled and preserved. Jam and jelly preservation is extremely popular and done in almost every household. Every family has a jam or jelly recipe that has been passed down from the generation before them. In the summer, Icelandics will travel across the country to forage for the best wild berries, which they preserve to last them throughout the long winter. In late fall, the town of Seyðisfjörður, and the surrounding fishing villages, come together for Haustroði, a harvest festival. Every year, a competition is held, during which people compete for the best Jam recipes.
During the 2019 Haustroði festival, I created an interactive installation in which votes were cast for each jam recipe.
Sulta was inspired by Icelandic farming and preservation techniques— LED Lights were borrowed from geothermal-powered green houses, spoons where suspended similarly to neighboring fish racks, were fish are suspended and dried in the salty air, and jams were positioned in planter boxes along the walls of a space similar to that of a green house. After sampling jams, spoons were used as voting chips and placed in various bins, similar to those used to discard preserved fish heads.
Gagnvirka innsetningin JAM! (SULTA!) er hluti af sultukeppni Haustroða í ár. Verkið er undir áhrifum frá hefbundnum íslenskum varðveisluáhrifum og jarðvarma við ræktun. Endilega fáið ykkur að smakka með því að nota skærin til að klippa smakkskeiðar. Til aðkjósa sigurvegarann setjið skeiðina í samsvarandi tunnuna við hverja sultu. Sigurvegarinn verður síðan kynntur klukkan 15:30.
Contestants awarded first and second prize.