530 (Sá veldur sem á heldur) is a place-based book work completed at Nes, an artist’s residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland (July–September 2013).

The book expresses a series of connected encounters with people, places, things, stories and data in the remote fishing village. 530 refers to the village’s population according to Wikipedia, as well as the number of a 1955 fishing trawler docked in Skagaströnd’s harbor (Hafrún). It is also the number of pages in the book.

Sá veldur sem á heldur is an Icelandic expression that a village resident used in conversation to describe the future of the town, in relation to its rich sea resources. He wrote it down in my sketchbook. It roughly translates to “the one who holds it is the one who is responsible.” I adopted the expression to refer to the book form itself, in the hands of the reader.

The work was created using a score of 39 movements that were arranged by chance operations. The sections move in and out of each other, sometimes overlapping or merging.

530 was printed by Svansprent in Reykjavík as an edition of 50. Most of the books were given away in a series of book encounters in the town during my final week in residency. I gave it to townspeople portrayed in the work, people who supported the project and to people encountered by chance in the town’s public spaces during the encounters.

Copies of 530 are in the artist’s books collection at Reykjavík Art Museum, the library of Nylo (Living Art Museum, Reykjavík) and the Skagaströnd public library. It’s for sale at Útúrdúr and Spark Design Space in Reykjavík, and will also be available for purchase at Printed Matter’s 2013 NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 (19–22 September) at the ABC table.

530 (Sá veldur sem á heldur)
530 pages
A5 size
Digital print-on-demand
Perfect binding with special wrap-cover
Edition of 50

39 movements:
1 Navigation. 2 Depths. 3 Take three, three cards. 4 1815. 5 Bank sea hermit. 6 The box is a battery. 7 Quota. 8 Light. 9 Fiskisúpa. 10 Island. 11 Einbúi. 12 Outlaws. 13 ____________________. 14 Yeah, we are just. 15 Earth. 16 Just in front of me. 17 Mayor. 18 Hafrún. 19 Mirror. 20 Town. 21 Water. 22 Back to God’s Country. 23 We have our families. 24 Fjords, on the sea. 25 Scientist. 26 Bensín. 27 We have our connections. 28 Those transparencies. 29 1964. 30 Horse. 31 Strong. 32 Old friendship ties. 33 Þórdís. 34 Self. 35 530. 36 There’s one bird. 37 Mountain. 38 Rabbarbarabaka. 39 Grandfather.