Bradford Blackburn, tr4nc3f1gur4t10n
May 2011 archive
Páll Ivan Pálsson:
Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson:
BIG THANKS to the participants of RAFLOST 2011!
Looking forward meeting you again in future RAFLOSTs.
Gaia in action.
This work is Juxtaposition of shots from the volcanic eruption on Fimmvörðuháls Iceland from april 4th 2010. Here the creativity of Gaia (Mother earth) is in the center, drawing attention to the painterly quality of the imagery from the crater of the volcano as it was an gigantic action painting.
Sigrún Harðardóttir studied at the Icelandic School of Art and Crafts and at the State Academy of Fine Arts, in Amsterdam. Sigrún also holds a Masters of Arts in Communication/multimedia studies from University of Quebec in Montreal. Sigrún has shown her works for over 2 decades in Iceland as well as in Canada, USA, The Netherlands, Germany and in Denmark. Her works can be found in the Art Museum of Iceland, The Art Museum of Kópavogur, The Netherlands Media Art Institute, The National Bank of Iceland, The Reykjavík Energy Corporation and at The Sudurnes Regional Heating Corporation.
For decade the surface activity of a geothermal site has been a source of inspiration for Sigrún which she has captured in paintings as well as in video- and video/sound installations.
Echoing Spaces (2009) is an nine-minute composition for single-channel video and stereo audio. The work explores a number of virtual environments in which the primary elements recur (echo) both in immediate succession and at different times throughout the piece, always in varied form. The visual imagery employs a number of similarly shaped elements that appear in overlapping, morphing configurations, and the restricted color palette helps maintain a focus on the primary objects. The music of Echoing Shapes was created using a variety of modern techniques including convolution and physical modeling. The quasi-tonal context adds an additional layer of continuity to the work.
Dennis Miller is currently on the faculty of Northeastern University in Boston where he teaches courses in electronic music and mixed-media composition. Miller is the founder and artistic director of the Visual Music Marathon (www.2009vmm.neu.edu), an ongoing program that includes screenings of works by filmmakers from around the world. His music and artworks are available at www.dennismiller.neu.edu.
Ninna Thorarinsdottir is a designer from Akureyri currently living and working in Reykjavik as a graphic designer and illustrator. Graduated with a BA from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2006. Since her graduation project (Limbus) she has continued working on body sculptures, combining fashion with technology. Making the form around the body and around the function, if it is changing colors, form or sounds. Here she is showing a part of her collection “Fellings“. Dancing dresses and Multi colored film dresses. www.ninna.eu/
Memories mediate between images and sounds. Old experiences are abstracted to create new. Memory becomes reality.
In her general practice Björk Viggósdóttir deals with visual images, emotions, sounds and sensations in a similar way to what occurs involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of live, whether in dream or at wake. Björk works with colors, emotions, signs and other things from the everyday, which she brings to other dimensions by creating for them new perspectives and settings. In her art Björk likes to encourage her audience to use all their senses for viewing her work by using combinations of different media in her works.
Þorbjörn G. Kolbrúnarson graduated from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 2010 with a degree in Composition. He works in varied fields, collaborating with dancers, visual artists and other musicians. Along with his own compositions he has composed music for computer games, films, dance and installations.
Brautarholt Rímix (2011)
Audio, video and candy
The piece is created with support from the Danish Arts Foundation.
Performance: Katie Buckley
Páll Ivan is born in the year nineteeneightyone, is educated and active.
Áslaug is autistic woman living in Hólaberg in Breiðholt. Shesings a lot, especially in the evening, and loves music and going toconcerts. I recorded samples of her, and cut pieces together.
Hallvarður Ásgeirsson is born in 1976 lives in Reykjavik. He hasstudied at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and graduated with a BAin composition / new media. After that he went to Brooklyn College inNew York where he earnedM. Mus in composition. He has played in numerous bands, includingSkyboxx, Skmendanikka, Fengjastrútur, and Stórsveit Nix Noltes. Hiselectronic works have been performed at the International ElectroAcoustic Music Festival atBrooklyn College, and he has composed and performed music formechanical musical instruments as partLEMUR (League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots) Residency inFebruary 2008. Compositions for the theatre production Mika that hewrote with the band Catal Hüyük was performed at the United Nations inNovember 2008, as part of a the campaign Unite to End Violence AgainstWomen which was created by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
294° for Halldorophone and mixed tuba/trombone.
Performed by Ingi Garðar Erlendsson and Sandra Snæbjörnsdóttir.
Madelyn Byrne, composer Lily Glass, video artist
In this piece travel serves as a metaphor for self-discovery, or its opposite – distraction. The sounds of travel and introspection – including traffic, trains, planes, breath, rain, and voice – are juxtaposed and eventually integrated. This piece explores the ongoing and multifaceted process of self-discovery and living with integrity. The song-like theme of Arrival is explored in four sections. Section A is introspective, section B makes use of homeland security announcements as a metaphor for manufactured fear, C is a peaceful resolution to the previous sections, and D is an optimistic projection forward.
Madelyn Byrne is an active composer whose work frequently combines acoustic instruments with computer-generated sounds. Some compositions in this area include For ANWR (commissioned by Yoon Jeong Heo), Rain, Sea, and Sky (commissioned by the NOISE Ensemble), and Dream Tableaux (commissioned by Colin McAllister). Past honors include ASCAPlus Awards, honorable mention in the “Suoni di Legno” competition, winner of the Friends and Enemies of New Music Composition Competition, and recordings on CRI (New World), Innova, and Everglade Records. Madelyn’s music has also been selected for a wide range of new music festivals and she been a guest composer at Columbia University’s Computer Music Center. Madelyn is currently on the faculty of Palomar College. http://www.madelynbyrne.com/