Drifting Cycles was an off-venue exhibition held during DesignMarch 2016 in a remote lighthouse by a group of Product Design students of the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Drifting Cycles derives from the theory of paradigm shift by physicist Thomas Kuhn as all projects are connected by their intention to make a change in existing systems and ways of thinking.

In various courses within the department, led by Garðar Eyjólfsson and Thomas Pausz, students have been analyzing and mapping out specific systems of production and processes within varying fields of interest. Practising their skills in seeing matters not isolated but in cycles and their context of existence, this exhibition showcased nine individual interpretations of students’ research. Ranging from practical to speculative, questioning present norms and proposing alternative futures.

Having the exhibition inside a lighthouse outside the city, secluded on a little island on the tip of the peninsula and only accessible for a few hours each day due to the cycle of the tides, was a very conscious decision. A lighthouse is a structure designed to emit bright light from a system of lamps and lenses to help navigate and guide the way, they mark dangerous spots as well as entrances into safe harbours.

Curators: Garðar Eyjólfsson and Thomas Pausz.
Concept, design and implementation: Eveline Bünter, Dagný Björg Stefánsdóttir and Valdís Steinarsdóttir.

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photos by Ragna M. Guðmundsdóttir