Kurt Uenala is a swiss electronic musician now based in Reykjavik after many years in New York City. He has composed and worked on numerous acclaimed music recordings such as Depeche Mode, Moby and The Kills during his time abroad.
He first made his name in 2003, debuting on the essential compilation The Sound Of Young New York. His song “Die Sleeping” was an early classic of dreamy, club-ready synth wave, and it caught the attention of fans and artists around the world. It eventually landed him a gig recording with Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan, not to mention a long list of major acts such as Moby and The Kills.
The collaboration with Dave from Depeche Mode was especially fruitful—it wasn’t long before Kurt began writing original songs for the band. His love for vintage synthesizers, dark electronic music, and exploring unusual chord structures was a natural fit. The more Kurt worked with Dave and Depeche Mode, the more time he spent at the Manhattan recording studio. He soon started writing his own shadowy, melancholic songs, filling them with angular beats and moody atmospheres that would become his debut album “Cryosleep”.
Inspired by retro sci-fi films, electronic innovators and new wave, Kurt released his debut album under the artist name Null + Void. The album puts his extensive production experience into a wide variety of songs. Vocal performances by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Big Pink, Light Asylum and Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan bring their resonant humanity into the music’s austere beauty and cold dynamism. There are mighty rhythmic tracks too: the single “Asphalt Kiss” is built on Detroit electro’s mechanical bounce and has a sinister glint in its eyes.
Currently, his research interests are creating music for the non-hearing population and laser installations. At the concert for Raflost, Kurt will play new compositions and test out ideas.
(photo by Sigga Ella)
Halldór Eldjárn is an Icelandic electronic musician. His music is a collision of the technological and the organic electronic worlds. Synthscapes, fast rhythms and unusal sounds, together forming a vibrant atmosphere of what the future might sound like. Halldór started writing his own music with the electro-pop band Sykur which has been active since 2008, releasing two albums and traveled the world. When Halldór began studying computer science he had the idea for his solo project. Experimenting with building robotic instruments including a self-playing harp and a few drum robots that can be controlled by a computer, and to make autonomous compositions using algorithms. Halldór has collaborated with Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and worked on his latest release, creating a generative program for two self playing pianos that Ólafur uses on the album, and onstage when touring. Halldór’s first debut album, Poco Apollo, will be released in 2019 on Mengi Records, and is based on a series of short musical pieces composed from image data from NASA’s moon landing missions (link: https://pocoapollo.hdor.is)
Halldór’s appearance at Raflost in Mengi will feature a snapshot of what he’s currently working at, but at the moment he is making music with obsolete home computers from the 80’s and seeking inspiration in recycling old technology.
(photo by John Rogers)
Excerpted from a rawlings’ collection of performance scores entitled Sound of Mull, “Intime” documents in-situ performances conducted on North Atlantic foreshores from 2016 to 2019 as sites of especial geochronological interest given climate change and naming the Anthropocene. “Intime” includes performance on the shoreline facing Herøya Industripark, Norway with a view towards an INEOS shale gas ship emblazoned with “Shale Gas for Chemicals.” “Intime” also includes performance of Laureen Burlat knitting plastic bags harvested from the shoreline of Loch Long. The video features UK nuclear submarine movement, counter-clockwise wind currents over the North Atlantic, footage from the Accelerator Mass Spectrometre and Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, and birds circulating near Ólafsvík during a winter storm.
angela rawlings is a Canadian-Icelandic interdisciplinary artist whose books include Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006), Gibber (online, 2012), o w n (CUE BOOKS, 2015), si tu (MaMa Multimedijalni Institut, 2017), and Sound of Mull (Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, 2019). Her book Wide slumber was adapted to music theatre by Valgeir Sigurðsson and VaVaVoom (2014). Her libretti include Bodiless (for composer Gabrielle Herbst, 2014) and Longitude (for Davíð Brynjar Franzson, 2014). rawlings’ Áfall / Trauma was shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights (2013). She is one-half of the performance duo Völva with Maja Jantar and one-half of the new music duo Moss Moss Not Moss with Rebecca Bruton. rawlings is the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (2009-10) and held the position of Queensland Poet-in-Residence (2012). rawlings loves in Iceland. More: www.arawlings.is
Thursday 23rd of May
MENGI – Óðinsgata 2
17:00 RAFLOST Festival Opening *
- Students from the Iceland University of the Arts present works from the Raflosti workshop
21:00 Concert – Electronic Music **
Friday 24th of May
MENGI – Óðinsgata 2
21:00-22:00 Radical Digital Painting **
Saturday 25th of May
MENGI – Óðinsgata 2
13:00-16:00 Open Workshop with Jeffrey Alan Scudder *
21:00 RAFLOST Grand Finale **
23:00-01:00 Afterparty * (t.b.a.)
* free admission
** 2000 ISK admission for individual events in Mengi
*** festival pass = 3500 ISK
the RAFLOST festival is approaching! confirmed dates are 23-24-25th of may, in collaboration with experimental performance space MENGI and ICELAND UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
Wednesday 23rd of May
MENGI – Óðinsgata 2
20:00 Screening (1000 ISK entrance)
- The Goodiepal Equation. Documentary film by Sami Sänpäkkilä
- Animated notation performance warm-up by S.L.Á.T.U.R. members
Thursday 24th of May
SÖLVHÓLL- Sölvhólsgata 13 (behind the building, from Skúlagata)
20:00 Opening (free entrance)
Friday 25th of May
MENGI – Óðinsgata 2
17:00 Workshop Performance (free entrance)
21:00 Performance Evening (2000 ISK entrance)
Saturday 26th of May
MENGI – Óðinsgata 2
13:00 Exhibition (free entrance)
15:00 Lectures (free entrance)
21:00 Concert – Algorave (2000 ISK entrance)
Sunday 27th of May
REYKJAVIK SAILING CLUB – Ingólfsgarður (behind Harpa)
13:00-16:00 Installation (free entrance)
Margrét Iversen /// Magga is an visual artist, graduated from the Jutland Art Academy in 2013. She mostly works with sculptures with an element of sound or movement.
Duration is a self-contained performing object.
Una Sigtryggsdóttir is an artist based in Reykjavík. Her work breaks apart the apparent dichotomy between objective time(mechanisms such as clocks and calendars) and subjective time(perceived changes and experiences), choosing to focus on how these two methods of keeping time may intersect. In her work, flipbooks, shadows on draped fabric, and changes in Gross Domestic Product are equally valid as measures of time. These and other time-metric constructs are folded into her sculptures, videos, installations and music.
It is true! Live Action Sculpture?
Following instructions delivered by Árni Jónsson via digital communication, Rúnar Örn will create a brand new sculpture live in front of the audience using various power tools.
Árni Jónsson and Rúnar Örn Jóhönnu Marinósson graduated together from the Fine Arts department of the Iceland University of the Arts in 2016. This will be their first collaborative work.
KverK is an experimental and immersive musical performance based on live electronics, real-time sampling and processing.
Tom Manoury develops interactive tools and intuitive interfaces allowing great performing freedom. Seeking to break the rigid and sequenced environment often inherent to computer-based music, he creates his music in a very organic way, producing an eclectic and personal sound.
Steinunn has been a part of the Native Instruments team for over 8 years and currently heads up Research and Data related topics as a part of the Engineering Director team. Previously she was a part of NI’s Research team as a DSP Developer where she worked on audio effects such as compressors, limiters, reverbs and filters for most of Native’s product range, including Maschine, Traktor, GuitarRig and Kontakt. She received a B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2006 from University of Iceland, M.A. in Music Science and Technology in 2008 and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 2010, both from Stanford University.
Andri Björgvinsson brings various skrapatól to assist with the performance of his piece, Flómagi 1.
Andri Björgvinsson is an artist living in Reykjavík.
Material/Matter is a performance deriving from the work and research of Sól Ey and Jesus Canuto Iglesias. The performance uses sound sculptures of metal inspired by industrial machinery and its undesired artefacts. It explores the sonic and physical relationship of the sculptures and the performer. By playing with light, movements and space the performer is in control of playing the sculptures as instruments, exploring the inherent sound of the industrial and the beauty within the mass of noise.
Jesus Canuto Iglesias is a Spanish multiplatform artist currently living in The Hague. By making use of mediums and technologies he creates installations which experiment with different phenomena derived from the misguided perception of humans. He uses these common dualities or misunderstandings as a main topic in his works. He has a Masters degree in Advertisement and Fashion Photography from TAI University Center of the Arts and a Master Degree in Conceptual photography from EFTI in Madrid. He is currently studying Artscience in the Royal Academy of Arts of The Hague.
Sól Ey is an Icelandic sound artist, performer and instrument maker based in The Hague. Her work focuses on interdisciplinary approach to sound explores the possibilities of interactivity, new media and the connection between sound and space. By composing and creating new electronic instruments she looks for ways to expand the expressional possibilities of musical performance to be visual, physical or interactive. She is currently studying composition and sonology at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.
The RAFLOST festival will be held in Reykjavík, various locations, in collaboration with the Iceland Academy of the Arts, and Mengi venue for art and performance on the 24th – 26th of May 2018.
The RAFLOSTi workshop is open for students of the IAA, and through Opni Listaháskólinn anyone who wants to attend can apply here: http://www.lhi.is/opni-listahaskolinn
Artist that are interested in performing at the RAFLOST festival 2018, please send an email to:
r a f l o s t @ r a f l o s t . i s
Monday 22nd of May – Friday 26th
- Workshop for students of the Iceland Art Academy, IAA Visual Art Building*
Wednesday 24th of May
- 13:00 – Troy Rogers presents his percussion robots, IAA Visual Art Building*
Thursday 25th of May
- 20:00 – Robot Concert, Sölvhóll Concert Hall**
Friday 26th of May
Saturday 27th of May
- 13:00-17:00 – Modular Meetup, Sölvhóll Concert Hall**
- 20:00 – Performance Evening, Sölvhóll Concert Hall**
* IAA Visual Art Building is at Laugarnesvegur 91
** Sölvhóll Concert Hall is behind Sölvhólsgata 13, in a gray unmarked house, by Skúlagata
áslaug magnúsdóttir/slugz and ásthildur ákadóttir/destiny are going to perform the trio TRIO III three persons.
,, … it’s an experience that might fail”
Vasco Caetano Costa. 1977. Lives and work in Lisbon.
MA in Drawing and Printing Techniques, FBAUP, University of Oporto, Oporto 2011
B.A. in Sculpture ESTGAD, Caldas da Rainha, 2002
Agnes and Antonia are developing a new tool for measuring the impact of presence in a space at a given time.
Agnes Ársælsdóttir is currently studying Fine Art in The Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Her work is often in collaboration with the audience, sometimes to the extent that the piece itself would not exist without them. She has recently been working with sensors that detect movement, making the audience trigger sound.
Antonia González Alarcón is a Chilean artist currently based in Mexico. Her works focus on how people make themselves present in the world and how we can leave a testimony of our existence, through different interactive pieces.
The RAFLOSTi student workshop will start on monday 22nd of May and finish on friday 26th with an event of performances and installations at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Laugarnesvegur 91 at 17:00.
It is open for students through the IAA: www.lhi.is
Further information: raflost at raflost dot is
The RAFLOST festival will be taking place from the 25th until 27th of May in various locations in Reykjavík. The schedule will be announced soon.
Here is more info on the HEBOCON robot contest.
There are still space left for few contestants, so if you’re interested please contact Sam Rees ( s a m t r e e s @ g m a i l . c o m )
Participants should read these documents carefully: