Kristin Helga Rikhardsdottir is an Icelandic visual artist, filmmaker and summertime park ranger currently living and working in Reykjavik. Using video, installations, photography and sound performances she explores the hyper-reality of everyday environment. She takes inspiration from her surroundings and works with society as an insider, a full participant and player. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in Iceland, as well as Sweden, the Czech Republic and Colombia. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts.
Harald Jordal presents a repertoire of instrumental music influenced by electroacoustic music, digital noise, alternative rock. He sometimes sings, in English and his mother tongue, Norwegian.
Coming from both the computer and the electric guitar, the sound field explored is glitchy and exciting, and tactile and harmonic.Harald Jordal is a composer from Norway. He works in close relation with performers to create pieces with elements of electronics and theatre. In his solo works, he focuses on mixing different styles of electronic music, from contemporary to popular genres, through programming and electric guitar performance.
His music has been performed in Aarhus (WP), Vilnius (WP), Graz, Helsinki, and Berlin, and regularly in Oslo. In 2017 he co-produced the bronze winner of Europe’s First Student 3D Audio Production competition in Graz.
As of 2017, he organizes the concert series LISA, and is a composer and electronic performer in the international contemporary music ensemble Echtcore.
Alex McLean a.k.a. Yaxu makes live broken techno using his handmade programming language TidalCycles, a technique called “Live Coding”. He co-founded Algorave, bringing live coding to dancefloors, a growing movement that has already spread to over eighty cities. He has performed widely since the year 2000 in several collaborations including Slub [http://slub.org] and CCAI [http://ccai.lurk.org], and at major festivals including Sonar Barcelona, Club Transmediale Berlin, Sonic Acts Amsterdam, Earzoom Ljubljana, NODE Frankfurt, Ars Electronica Linz, Dissonanze Rome, Vivo Mexico City, Lovebytes Sheffield, Lambdasonic Gent, Bluedot and STRP Eindhoven.
Alex’s performances are in general improvised, however he has started recording music, leading to the six track Peak Cut EP on Sheffield label Computer Club. Bleep.com said of it “.. Yaxu’s polyrhythmic and hyperreal strand of techno is showcased on cuts like Public Life and Cyclic showing that he is not just testing the confines of how music can be consumed but also how genres can sound. A truly forward-thinking influx of material from Yaxu and the Computer Club team”. He’s currently working on his first solo album Spicule, again with Computer Club.
Alex is active across the digital arts, including organising the annual Festival of Algorithmic and Festival Movement [http://algomech.com], co-founding the Algorave and TOPLAP live coding movements, and instigating the live coding environment TidalCycles [http://tidalcycles.org]. He works as post-doc researching ancient textiles as digital art for Deutsches Museum [http://penelope.hypotheses.org/], and as a trustee of Access Space Sheffield.
Sam Rees is a British artist based in Iceland, with a passion for DIY cultures. Sam creates interactive dioramas, mixing discarded, circuit bent toy robots with dense collages of found objects to form sequential narratives and absurd scenes.
He has been teaching interactive media at the Iceland University of the Arts since 2014 and was a co-founder of the Fjúk residency in the Northeast of Iceland.
Hlöðver (Hlolli) Sigurðsson, is a composer, live-coder and programmer from Reykjavik based in Berlin. He started live codeing in 2013 during his studies in the Iceland Academy of the Arts and has since then performed regularly with his own free software called Panaeolus in algoraves and festivals in Europe and Americas. Hlöðver is also active in various creative coding communities in Berlin in collaboration with other digital artists and has given talks and workshops on live-coding. Hlöðver is creator, maintainer and contributor of dozens of different music and audiovisual software, all of which can be found on github under free-software licences. The algorave performances from Hlöðver are always improvised and could be described as wild sounds morphing in texture over time with many layers of asynchronous loops, which has shown to be effective in prompting the audience to dance as well as crashing the software in colorful ways.
THE GOODIEPAL EQUATION documentary film
- Director: Sami Sänpäkkilä
- Editor: Eeva Tuomi
- Producer: Harri Sippola / Moderni Kanuuna
- Length: 71 min
Goodiepal (real name Kristian Parl Bjørn Vester, b. 1974–76) is a Danish musician, performance artist, lecturer and activist operating on the fringes of society. Goodiepal rides thousands of kilometres on a self-built bicycle that he uses to power his shows. He has released a record with a genuine 500-krone banknote embedded in the vinyl – priced at 250 kroner. Goodiepal has put together an exhibition for the National Museum of Denmark comprising all his material possessions, and he creates his art outside of customary institutions and norms.
Goodiepal’s best friend, the former 1960s rock star Poul Erik, is another true eccentric, a hoarder living among things he has collected from skips. His dream is to own a piece of each item ever produced by human beings. Goodiepal considers Poul Erik his partner in crime, although his audience would prefer to see him without him. Goodiepal’s life is shadowed by Huntington’s disease, an inherited degenerative disease of the brain that has driven men in his family to suicide. Doctors find odd tumours in his head and he begins to misplace and forget things. Many of his closest friends are likewise affected by illness.Goodiepal’s activism turns increasingly radical and he drifts further and further away from social safety nets. Goodiepal challenges us to reflect on our view of the world. What remains of us if we only exist to serve the system? What is the Goodiepal Equation?
Resterne af Rigsfællesskabet (Remnants of the Danish Commonwealth) is Heðin Ziska Davidsen [FO] and Jesper Pedersen [DK/IS]. They play music with modular synthesizers. The music is experimental, and improvised on the spot.
R.A.R. has played concerts at Iceland Airwaves off-venue, Raflost, Mengi and in 2019 they will embark on a journey to the outskirts of the Danisk Commonwealth with the Inuit drum dancer Miké Thomsen.