The RAFLOST festival will be taking place from the 25th until 27th of May in various locations in Reykjavík. The schedule will be announced soon.
Here is more info on the HEBOCON robot contest.
There are still space left for few contestants, so if you’re interested please contact Sam Rees ( s a m t r e e s @ g m a i l . c o m )
Participants should read these documents carefully:
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/262718380742548/
- Raflosti Workshop (monday-saturday, Iceland Academy of the Arts, students only)
- T-EMP Workshop (monday-tuesday, Iceland Academy of the Arts, students only)
- The Altar of Algorithmic Noise Workshop (saturday at 15:00, Mengi, OPEN FOR PUBLIC)
Wednesday, May 25th:
20:00 CONCERT, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Sölvhóll concert hall, Sölvhólsgata 13 (Skúlagötumegin)
Improvised electroacoustic music performance by T-EMP ensemble. Free entrance.
Thursday, May 26th:
17:00 RAFLOST OPENING – Mengi, Óðinsgötu 2
Installations, Performances, Electronic Poetry and more works by artists such as Páll Ivan frá Eiðum, Sam Rees, Arnar Ómarsson, Nicolas Kunysz, Dodda Maggý, Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, Jón Örn Loðmfjörð, Sigrún Jónsdóttir, Erik Parr, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Halldór Úlfarsson and Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson. Free entrance.
21:00 CONCERT – Mengi, Óðinsgötu 2
Electronic music by Jóhannes G. Þorsteinsson, Arnljótur Sigurðsson and Þórður Kári Steinþórsson. 2000 ISK (or festival pass)
Friday, May 27th:
17:00 RAFLOSTI – Iceland Academy of the Arts, Laugarnesvegi 91
Student Workshop Performance. Free entrance.
21:00 CONCERT, Mengi, Óðinsgötu 2
Electronic Music Performance by Jari Suominen and Audio/Visual Performance by Haraldur Karlsson and Daniel Schorno. 2000 ISK (or festival pass)
Saturday, May 28th:
15:00 Workshop – The Altar of Algorithmic Noise Workshop, Jari Suominen, Mengi, Óðinsgötu 2. Free entrance, 30€ material fee.
21:00 Hebocon – A robot sumo-wrestling competition for those who are not technically gifted, Mengi, Óðinsgötu 2. 2000 ISK (or festival pass).
Admission fee for evening performances is 2000 ISK.
Festival pass 4000 ISK.
Jón Örn Loðmfjörð is an Icelandic experimental poet. He is noted for computer-generated poetry, and particularly his 2010 mash-up of the Icelandic government report into the collapse of Iceland’s banks in 2008, Gengismunur (‘Arbitrage’).
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir is a multidisciplinary artist based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Her work often explores the fringes of poetry, performance art and experimental music.
Artist Halldór Úlfarsson and composer Hlynur A. Vilmarsson join forces to create a hi-fi/elemental experiment.
Halldór Úlfarsson (1977) studied fine art and design in Helsinki, Finland. His practice has gradually become inseperable from his project the halldorophone, an electro-acoustic string instrument he´s been developing for the past years. The halldorophone features in many new compositions by contemporary composers premiered at new music festivals in recent years. When Halldór works with the halldorophone himself it´s most often in the form of arranging collaborations, instrumentations and locations that strategically positions the instrument within the western musical tradition.
Hlynur A. Vilmarsson studied composition at Reykjavík College of Music and electronic music at Kópavogur School of Music. His music has been played in Europe, USA and Asia by groups like Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Brodsky String Quartet, Uusinta Chamber Ensemble and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Hlynur was chairman of UNM (Ung Nordisk Musik) from 2000-2007 and is now member in composers collective s.l.á.t.u.r. and Lornalab (Reykjavik media lab). Hlynur has also composed music for theater and film and played in various pop and rock bands.
Bergrún is an Icelandic composer/performer/sound artist based in Reykjavík, Iceland / Oakland, California. Her art often reflects sensory distorted power structures, re-invented in one’s own mind.
Þórður Kári Steinþórsson is an electronic musician from the southeastern districts of Reykjavík and sometimes goes under the name Kosmodod. This Berlin based artist is one of the co-founders of Sweaty Records, the brand new Berlin/Reykjavik electro label, as well as being the producer of the infamous band Samaris.
This Raflost he will be performing an electronic improvisation jam.
Born in 1979 in Reykjavík, Kolbeinn Hugi is an island dwelling artist of a generation that emerged in the wake of the cataclysmic great rift between art and artists in the bleak neo-capitalist Reykjavík of modern times.
Kolbeinn has developed a complex audiovisual language, using found materials, water-foam, fabrics and layered synthesized soundscapes. Visual motifs of pyramids and diamonds create ritualistic system within his work. Often using the body as a tool or a vehicle for ideas within his practice, recurring themes within his works have included, absurd realities, dream spaces, utopian projections and man’s modern day disconnect and systematic alienation from the environment.
Kolbeinn was contacted by Edgar Cayce in the informal setting of dream state trances established by the great sleeping medium after his death in 1945. There, he absorbed the acute sensibility to time and space associated with Cayce’s phantom sculptures as set up in his Astral Pavilion.
Kolbeinn’s work is simple work that doesn’t need explanation and aims for the heart, not for the head.
His work has been exhibited widely around the western world, and is preserved in the collection of the National Gallery of Iceland.
Erik Parr is an American artist living in Iceland, Europe and the US. He creates sensory based installations that range from sound and visual compositions to interventions in science, industrial processes and ecological systems.
Arnljótur is a musician based in Reykjavík. The last years he has focused on electronic music and released four albums under his own name. HIs style has progressed from concrete music to pulsing ambience. On the concert in Mengi he will play new material based around ring modulation.
photo: Håkon Broder Lund
Sigrún Jónsdóttir is an Icelandic musician and composer. She studied at the Icelandic Academy of the arts from 2011-2015 alongside touring with various bands around the world.
In her most recent work she has been exploring the components of everyday noise and sounds. Taking them a part, frequency by frequency, and manipulating until it turns into something completely new, sometimes musical sometimes not. Inspired by the meetingpoint of musical imagery and the mainstream song.
Video artist Haraldur Karlsson og Composer Daniel Schorno are former classmates of Sonology where they among other things studied the making of alternative electronic instruments. They have been active for almost two decades in giving exhibitions, workshops and performances.
under the alias ‘zitegeist’ daniel schorno travels the globe performing on new eponymous analoge and digital instruments & crackle scorpion sound sculptures. zitegeist’s musical noosphere is informed by razor edge cut & cued sounds and laser fast resynthesis. recent duos have included luminaries like haraldur karlsson, joel ryan, dj sniff and installation work with ana rewakowicz, adéla součková and mouse-on-mars’ jan st werner on the ‘noiseroom’.
Haraldur Karlsson (1967, Reykjavik, Iceland) holds a diploma in Mixed-Media from the Icelandic art school in Reykjavik and BA diploma in Media-Art from AKI Enchede, Holland. Further to this he studied Sonology over 3 years in the Royal Conservatorium Den Haag under the guidance of professor Clarence Barlow. For many years Karlsson worked at the Icelandic Academy of Arts as the head of Media-Lab, which he had designed. Karlsson has had exhibitions, performances and lectures in Iceland, Holland, Belgium, England, Czech Republic, Finland and Norway. He is currently based in Oslo and works on several video-art commissions.
Mengi, Saturday the 28th at 21:00
RAFLOST invites applications for people to take part in Iceland´s 1st Hebocon ( a robot sumo-wrestling competition for those who are not technically gifted ).
Open to all ages, all abilities. Please email email@example.com to enrol in the competition – applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
For examples of Hebocon, see – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46ivFpsmEVQ
Organised by Sam Rees and Arnar Ómarsson.
Presenter: Steinunn Eldflaug
Nicolas Kunysz is a Reykjavik based Belgian mixed media artist formerly trained as MA in product/industrial designer at La Cambre, Brussels.
Since then Nicolas has been working with various artists, designers and companies (Jerzsy Seymour, Wim Delvoye, Sruli Recht, Mundi to name a few).
In 2012 he founded The Makery, a design workshop and Lady Boy Records, a music label.
Nicolas’s focus is widely cross disciplinary and include a fair amount of absurdity and/or so called chance operations in his work. From voluntary errors to serious programming work, he likes set up processes where randomness and obsessive control participate together generating a never ending dynamic.
Sam Rees is a British artist based in the Northeast of Iceland where he manages a small arts centre and residency. He teaches basic coding and electronics in the design faculty at LHI and has a passion for lo-fi work by outsiders and those marginalised by the mainstream.
T-EMP (Trondheim Electroacoustic Music Performance) is an ensemble performing improvised electroacoustic music, closely linked to performance explorations in music technology at Department of Music, NTNU (see more information about T-EMP below).
T-EMP workshop, Iceland Academy of the Arts, May, 23. and 24.:
We invite musicians from different musical genres to bring their instruments (acoustic, electronic or laptop) and headphones to a practical workshop where the members of T- EMP will use real-time audio processing as a musical instrument in interplay with the participants.
The workshop will focus on the following topics:
- Music technology in interplay with music performance
- Real-time processing of musical sounds
- Musical communication
- Exercises for improvisation with musical sounds and sound events.
Monday, May, 23., 10.00 – 14.30:
10.00 – 11.00: Introduction and demonstration
11.00 – 12.30: Duo performances including participants and members of T-EMP
12.30 – 13.00 Break
13.00 – 14.00: Performance with all participants
14.00 – 14.30: Summary/discussion
Tuesday, May, 24., 10.00 – 14.30:
10.00 – 11.00: Performance with all participants
11.00 – 12.30: Introduction to rehearsal strategies, followed by performances
12.30 – 13.00: Break
13.00 – 14.00: Performance with all participants
14.00 – 14.30: Summary/discussion
T-EMP (Trondheim Electroacoustic Music Performance)
was started as part of the performance explorations around music technology at Department of Music, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), investigating how technology makes us play differently, how it enables new modes of communication within the ensemble, and new creative improvisation methods inspired by the sonic sculpting enabled by custom made audio processing software and instruments. The band started in 2011 and has during the past 5 years collaborated with many different musicians and performed several concerts in Norway, Sweden and Ireland. T-EMP has also received economical support from Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, and recorded an album which was released in 2015: “Evil Stone Circle”, see: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/temptrondheimelectroacou
See also: https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/48123/48124
In Reykjavik T-EMP will be represented by the following musicians:
Trond Engum: Guitar and electronics
Tone Åse: Vocal and electronics
Carl Haakon Waadeland: Drums and percussion
All three musicians are employed at Department of Music, NTNU.
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