Þóranna Dögg Björnsdóttir: Ekkó
Performers: Ylfa Þöll Ólafsdóttir and Þóranna Dögg Björnsdóttir
Text: Þóra Hjörleifsdóttir, from the work “Kvika”, used with kind permission of author
Þóranna Dögg Björnsdóttir ( b.1976) is a sound & visual artist based in Reykjavík Iceland.
She studied music from an early age and graduated as a classical pianist. Then she immediately turned to the field of contemporary music and art. A graduate of the Royal Academy of art in the Hague Þóranna has worked as a video and performance artist in the electroacoustic field. Björnsdóttir’s works are focused on the act of listening, representing themes such as: sound as an intuitive medium and as knowledge – knowing and being; allowing sounds to ignite myriad images and associations which give rise to various outcomes in form, time and space; her work has built upon the interplay of film and live music performances and takes on the form of sculpture, performance and soundwork. Her subject matters are varied but often revolve around human nature and a person’s worldview, how it shapes and progresses. Through a multidisciplinary approach her practice often places the viewer or audience at the centre of the work.
Þóranna has exhibited her work widely and performed at numerous concerts and art festivals in Iceland and internationally. Þóranna also works as a sound- and performance artist with the international art group Wunderland. In the last years she has taken the role as a curator of individual exhibitions and in 2020 co-curated the art biennale Sequences X titled “Time has come”.