“Ūgh” and “Bõögâr”, by Egill Sæbjörnsson

The artist with one of the trolls – don’t know if it’s Ūgh or Bõögâr.

Conceptual artist Egill Sæbjörnsson, who was chosen to represent Iceland at the 2017 Venice Biennale art exhibition, has made two three-storey-high heads of bad-tempered, ugly, coffee-loving, farting trolls – rather than elves. The heads have noses sticking out into the central exhibition space so that people can walk around them. The trolls, called “Ūgh” and “Bõögâr”, seem to come alive when video installations are projected onto each structure, so that it looks as if they move, snarl, breathe and talk to each other about which Venice tourists look the most delicious to devour. (Continue reading…)


The trolls are getting their own perfume. (Continue reading…)

About M. Bijman

Avid reader, longtime writer of book reviews and literary analyses. Interested in literature, creativity and cognition, language and linguistics, musicology, and technology. Occasionally writes poems and bits of music.

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