2009 – festival plan

Thuesday, May 5th

16:00-17:15 Lecture

Davíð B. Franzson: Instability of Surface – Invariance of Form

LHI Lecture Hall, Laugarnesvegi 91

In philosophy, reductionism is the view that complex events can be abstracted into simple counterparts, who’s casual, causal or accidental interaction produces the complex event. In this presentation I will explore if a simulacrum of music and an appearance of “musicality” can be constructed my manipulating only a few invariant dimensions of sound and structure. The topic will be explored through a work in process that allows a user to experiment with various such simple effects — such as unstable repetition, categorical repetition and structural invariance — through a series of sound based tasks or games.

Wednesday, May 6th

16:00-17:15 Lecture

Chris Hales: Interacting with Moving Images – how and why?

LHI Lecture Hall, Laugarnesvegi 91

The talk will examine how interaction can be combined with film and video, and will explain why this might prove engaging to an audience. There will be particular reference to Chris’s experiences in making/exhibiting/performing his own interactive films, as well as his research into the Laterna Magika theatre/cinema phenomenon which led to the world’s first interactive film, Kinoautomat in 1967.

Dr. Chris Hales:  Specialist in the ‘interactive moving image’, as practitioner, educator and researcher. Currently based in the ‘SMARTlab’ centre of the University of East London as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow, he taught in higher education for many years in the crossover of art and design with computers, and studied MA Interactive Multimedia at the Royal College of Art, London. His PhD “Rethinking the Interactive Movie” was successfully completed in October 2006. His cdroms have been selected at numerous film/multimedia festivals, and his touch-screen installation (showing a dozen or more of his interactive films) was presented in Seoul, Helsinki, Warsaw, Nagoya, San Francisco and Sydney (amongst other places) and was included in the landmark 2003 ‘Future Cinema’ exhibition curated by the ZKM. In summer 2008 he exhibited most of his films in a 9-room exhibition as part of the Prague Triennale. He writes frequently about ‘interactive moving image’, has taught about 100 short workshop courses on this subject in numerous institutions in Europe, and is a regular speaker at international events.

Thursday, May 7th

16:00-17:15 Lecture

Margrét E. Ólafsdóttir: From participation to interactivity

LHI Lecture Hall, Laugarnesvegi 91

This lecture intends to give a historical background to the notion of interactivity. We’ll take a look on how interactivity has developed from non technical participation to computational interactivity. We will then consider what interactivity means in terms of rupture for artistic practice, the spectator’s reception and the art work itself.

20:00-21:30 Performance

Cause and Effect – Interactive Cinema Performance

Cinema hall nr 2 in Regnboginn, Hverfisgata 54

Cause and Effect is an original and experimental performance of short interactive films with which the whole audience become involved through the use of varied interaction modalities. After premiering in 2002, some thirty performances have been successfully shown in eleven different countries, including at the European Media Art Festival and the Montreal Festival of Cinema/New Media (FCMM). To date about twenty different interactive short films have been shown during various Cause and Effect performances, and new films are in constant development.

Friday, May 8th

13:00-14:15 Lecture

Thorhallur Magnusson: On Epistemic Tools: The Phenomenology of Musical Instruments

LHI Lecture Hall, Laugarnesvegi 91

Thor Magnusson is a musician/writer/programmer working in the fields of music and generative art of all kinds. He is currently working on a PhD at the University of Sussex where his research is focused on the semiotics of computer music interfaces, human-machine interfaces and the sociology of programming computer music. He teaches courses on computer music and algorithmic and interactive systems in the University of Sussex Music Informatics course and the Sonic Arts course of Middlesex University. Thor is mainly interested in improvisation, live performances, installations and audio software production. He is a co-founder and member of the ixi audio collective and with ixi he has written various musical software and given workshops and talks in institutions all over Europe on the design and creation of digital musical instruments and sound installations.

For further info on ixi please visit: HYPERLINK “”

20:00 RAFLOSTI Workshop Performance

20:00-21:00 Performance


LHI, Visual Art Building, Laugarnesvegi 91

Performances by participants in the DamaIV/Raflosti workshop.

Iceland Electronic Arts Society (Raflistafélag Íslands) in collaboration with the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Tónlistarkóli Kópavogs, Reykjavik University and Tónlistarskóli Reykjanesbæjar organizes the RAFLOSTI workshop.  Through the DAMA network, this workshop is open to the participating institutions in the Nordic countries.

The workshop is intended for students of performance based  art (real-time art): music, dance, video, multimedia etc.  The goal is to provide a platform for students of different diciplines to work together using their domain-specific skills in a multimedia environment.

Saturday, May 9th

12:00-12:30 Performance


Hlaðan, Vogum á Vatnsleysuströnd

Collaborative perfomance by SLATUR members Pall Ivan Palsson, Gudmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Jesper Pedersen, Thrainn Hjalmarsson and Aki Asgeirsson.

14:30-15:00 Art Works / Installations

Lorna in Keflavik

Reykjanesbær Art Gallery

Works and installations by Pall Thayer and Ragnar Helgi Olafsson.

20:00 Performance


LHI Concert Hall, Sölvhólsgata 13

Many short performances by RAFLOST participants.  Visual work, music, dance and various multimedia forms of art will be performed.  Program will be announced during the performance.