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.
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.
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
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.
Arnar Ómarsson is an artist and project manager as well as giving talks about project development, cross disciplinary collaborations and fine art. He graduated with a 1st from the University of the Arts’ London in 2011 with a degree in fine art photography and has since been based in Denmark and Iceland by most part. Arnar is the curator of Húsavík Explorer Festival and project manager and co-founder at REITIR in Siglufjörður. In his work he addresses the overlapping area of technology and nature. Anthropology of technology informs his practise as well as his passion for science and human explorations. Favourable mediums include, prints, installations, sculptures, video works and digital/online works.
For RAFLOST Arnar will be collaborating with Sam Rees on a low-tech hack and robot makinge project.
Dodda Maggý is an Icelandic artist based in Reykjavík. Her practice examines invisible or mentally projected elements such as perceptual experiences and changing states of consciousness. Producing audio/visual installations, music, sound art and/or silent moving images, Dodda Maggý attempts to externalize the internal dimensions of dreams, memories and imagination.
Jari Suominen is Finnish musician, media artist and a researcher. Currently he is active member of electronic psych group Shogun Kunitoki, psychedelic power duo Jarse, folk rock sextet Kiila, and art lollective Anna Breu. He finished a copy of Finnish electronic arts pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi’s early digital synthesizer (DIMI-A 1970) in early 2016 and will be performing solo with it.
During the workshop we are building a small touch controlled AVR synthesizer based on the principle of algorithmic noise. Algorithmic noise is colored noise generated by short software algorithms. Synthesizer sound synthesis is done completely on a microcontroller. Please bring cool postcard that will be used as synthesizer panel with you. Materials 30€ / participant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lN7r2n7wmk
MANKAN is a live electronics duo exploring the inner qualities of sounds and visuals using real time sampling and processing. They have developed a highly interactive setup providing a very open and intuitive playground. Both Tom and Vignir are experienced musicians and work simultaneously in very different styles of music, brass bands, instrumental indie music, classical choir singing, big band afro funk and of course electronic music. Vignir is also a visual artist, working with real time generative graphics through diverse installations and performances.
In their fruitful collaboration as Mankan they set out to investigate and put to the test their spontaneous musical nerve shootings. With the use of a very reactive rig, their performance offers a lively dialog between two artists with different backgrounds but sharing a very similar approach to Music.
“Whisper” 2014, installation sound/video.
The story of a refugee mistreated under the Dubin Regulation and his long journey to freedom.
Distributed by FemLink. 2014
Produced by Erumenn, Gardabaer, Iceland
Sigrun Hardardottir is Icelandic artist that has been living and working in The Netherlands, Quebec Canada and in Iceland.
Sigrun works with different media but technology plays an important role in the way she execute her refletions in her topics. From simple drawings to complex interactive environements, her works reflects on the forces of nature in her Gaia, Geysers and Volcano series, relations and emotions in her Dialogue and mouvement series, as well as studies into the relation between the reality and abstraction. Most recently Sigrun´s work´s portraits the contradiction and mistreatment that refugees that come to Europe are confronted with under the United Nations agreement on refugees and the Dublin Regulation.