Engaging the 
HorseDesign and integration

The Icelandic horse has been present in Iceland since the settlement. Since then it has been isolated and developed to become the particular Icelandic horse. In earlier periods the Icelandic horse was called “The most practical employe”, playing an important role in daily life. Today, a horse of a hobby, designed, breeded and tamed by man to be a trophy animal, pherhabs a status symbol.

As a group of 10 individuals, we engaged the Icelandic horse with different,personal, approuches trying to find out what is right and what is wrong, morally, locally and globally. 

Daily, we have to face the ambivalence of our culture towards animals. Animals are both eaten and protected. Animals are
both abused and pampered. This tension between bloody and bloodless, between carnivorous and vegetarian is at the foundation of western societies, and is reflected in our everyday choices. 
The horse project vibrates like a line in tension on between these two poles. Ambivalence, compassion, hesitation, uncer
tainty are new terrains to navigate for contemporary designers. We cannot pretend to have universal solutions, but we should not be satisfied by posing as neutral critiques of our production systems. We are deeply involved - bloody handed for most - and we have a voice, which resonates outside of our discipline. How can we ’stay with the trouble’ and still offer
new possibilities?

Led by

Tinna Gunnarsdóttir
Friðrik Steinn Friðriksson
Óskar Kristinn Vignisson

Work by

Dagný Björg Stefánsdóttir
Eveline Sonja Bünter
Gudrun E. Havsteen-Mikkelsen
Heiðdís Inga Hilmarsdóttir
Hrefna Sigurðardóttir
Indre Hilara Bylate
Sigurrós Guðbjörg Björnsdóttir
Sóley Þráinsdóttir
Sunna Halldórudóttir
Valdís Steinarsdóttir

fall 2016 

               Material: Horse hair (mane and tail)
Artifact: Thread
                      Material: Horse manure
 Artifact: Bricks
      Materal: Horse fat
    Artifact: Soap

                    Material: Horse hide
Artifacts: Hide glue

  Materal: Horse bone ash 
  Artifact: Ink

                         Materal: Horse hide
                         Artifact: Formed and dried horse hide