The Orgone-box

The Icelandic artist Steingrímur Eyfjörð shows his work, The Orgone-box and related drawings, in the corridor leading to the Library´s caféteria.

Working in the early 1930s, the Austrian psychoanalyst and medical doctor Wilhelm Reich invented an apparatus known as the Orgone Box, or Orgone Accumulator.

The function of the Orgone-box is to absorb orgone, which was Reich´s word for life force energy, out of the atmosphere. The outer layers of the box were made of organic material (apparently wood) while the inner layers were made of metal. The organic material allegedly attracted and absorbed the orgone, while the metal conducted it, transferring it to the inside of the box, where it would then accumulate, ready to be absorbed by a human occupant.

The visitors can play their part in the exhibition by sitting in the Orgone-box for a few minutes and afterwards write down their experiences on paper lying on tables in the exhibition area.

Steingrímur Eyfjörð who is one of Iceland´s foremost artists represented Iceland in the Venice Biennale in 2007.

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