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.
Spin Music performed by the code directory that match emacs, tools must either overtones, Csound or Pink. Codes must algorithms that Hlöðver has written himself and sound worlds he has earned in recent years. The resulting erosion throughout amended navigation between different tones as a keyboard and computer screen as one “musical” tools. The viewer gets here a chance to observe how the carrier change the code and algorithms. It may also be noted that all the programs that will benefit the transfer are open source and anyone can download them and use.
Hlöðver Sigurdsson has been blazing new trails use your computer as a musical instrument. Great Nerd mood and enthusiasm for computers and applications processed cases has led him toward experimentation as computer music and musical goes together. Hlöðver has written several compositions where various audiovisual processed methods are viewed as kornahljóðagervlun, raunhljóðagervlun and bylgjuleiðarahljóðgervlun. Hlöðver graduates of music production course IAA spring 2015.
Steindór Grétar Kristinsson born in 1980 is a musician/sound artist. In 2001 Steindór cofounded Einóma with Bjarni Þór Gunnarsson. They have released seven records, compilation tracks and remixes under record labels such as Vertical Form, La madame aveclechien, Touching Bass, Thule(UniForm), Shipwrek and more.
In 2004 Steindór moved to the Netherlands to study electronic music at the Institute of Sonology. He recieved his MA in Sonology on the topic: “The Interaction between time and timbre in sound creation and perception of musical form”. Since 2010 Steindór has worked on this concept through musical performances, releases and investigations regarding nonestandard software control over sound and its form. Currently Steindór is working on two solo albums. First is a collection of “fixed media” electro accoustic works and the second one is based on live sessions where Steindór(electronics) teams up with Sigurður Möller Sívertsen(drums).
Electro acoustic works dated from 2010 until today will be performed in one continous improvised session. Allready composed material will be used as an anchor for new directions that happen through realtime decision making as Steindór will be mixing, rearrangening and transforming sound structures. Using computers, controllers, synths and ofcourse the most important thing: The space and the Ears.
RAFLOST will be held on the 21st – 23rd of May together with Pikslaverk, a part of the Pixelache network. Also, the Raflosti workshop will be held in collaboration with the Iceland Academy of the Arts. The program schedule will be announced soon…
I propose that musical behavior and composition is a basic human right, need and above all, nature.
I propose a set of guiding principles in the form of a manifesto to aid us humans in how we think about music and its place in our culture. Because words are only words, I demonstrate my point in the form of a performance.
Terhi Marttila is a performer currently residing in Rovaniemi, Finland. Soon to be an art teacher but most likely also many other things.
Portal 2 xtacy is a trans-cultural happening-team of Jófríður Ákadóttir and Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir. They have a substantial background in the local entertainment life, having appeared as dj’s, poetry slammers and party hostesses among other things such as visual art.
Portal 2 xtacy will perform a piece called ‘KALIFORNÍA’ that is an ode to the promised land.