Páll Ivan Pálsson:
Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson:
Páll Ivan Pálsson:
Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson:
BIG THANKS to the participants of RAFLOST 2011!
Looking forward meeting you again in future RAFLOSTs.
Echoing Spaces (2009) is an nine-minute composition for single-channel video and stereo audio. The work explores a number of virtual environments in which the primary elements recur (echo) both in immediate succession and at different times throughout the piece, always in varied form. The visual imagery employs a number of similarly shaped elements that appear in overlapping, morphing configurations, and the restricted color palette helps maintain a focus on the primary objects. The music of Echoing Shapes was created using a variety of modern techniques including convolution and physical modeling. The quasi-tonal context adds an additional layer of continuity to the work.
Dennis Miller is currently on the faculty of Northeastern University in Boston where he teaches courses in electronic music and mixed-media composition. Miller is the founder and artistic director of the Visual Music Marathon (www.2009vmm.neu.edu), an ongoing program that includes screenings of works by filmmakers from around the world. His music and artworks are available at www.dennismiller.neu.edu.
First draft of the RAFLOST+Pikslaverk 2011 program. (subject to change)
Thursday, May 5th
18:00 Festival Opening – Hafnarhúsið, Reykjavík Art Museum
20:00 S.L.Á.T.U.R. Performance – Grandaskáli
Friday, May 6th
13:00 Lectures – Iceland Academy of the Arts
20:00 Performances and fixed media – Sölvhóll
Saturday, May 7th
13:00-17:00 Workshop / LornaLab – Hafnarhúsið
18:00-22:00 Installations – Grandaskáli, Grandagarði 16-18
20:00 Performances – Grandaskáli, Grandagarði 16-18
Sunday, May 8th
13:00 Audio-Visual works
RAFLOST+Pikslaverk 2011 is approaching. We received quite many proposals for art works in different forms and have done our best to facilitate as much as we can. The scheduled program will be released soon.
The main events will be taking place in the Iceland Academy of the Arts (Sölvhólsgata 13) and the industrial space Grandaskáli (Grandagarði 18). Also, on saturday the 7th, there will be an open workshop in Hafnarhúsið, Reykjavík Art Museum (Tryggvagata 17) hosted by LornaLab ( http://reykjavikmedialab.is/ ) .
RAFLOST will again join up with PIKSLAVERK (a part of the Pixelache Network) to organize the 2011 version of RAFLOST. The festival will be held in various spaces in Reykjavik on the 5th – 8th of May 2011.
We are calling for works of electronic art in a broad sense, be it video,
sound/sonic-art, performance art or whatever you can think of, as long as it is electronic in some sense. Preference will be given to works that have a live/interactive factor and/or that are a hybrid of two or more art forms. Also, due to the changing spaces, any kind of installation can only be exhibited for a few hours at the most.
We also welcome presentations and lectures on related subjects.
If you’re interested in participating, please send your proposal to
r a f l o s t @ r a f l o s t . i s – before the 31st of March!
For more information, either check out http://www.raflost.is/ or send us an inquiry.
Note that due to a certain financial uncertainty, RAFLOST can not support flights to/from Iceland. Possible participants are encouraged to seek other sources of travel support. However, works and lectures selected for the festival will receive some financial compensation.
Next RAFLOST+Pikslaverk will be held in Reykjavik around the 5th – 8th of May 2011. It will consist mainly of performances and lectures. The RAFLOSTi international workshop will not be included in the 2011 edition, but will return in 2012 stronger than before.
If you are interested in participating in RAFLOST+Pikslaverk 2011, please send mail to raflost [at] raflost [dot] is
Thanks to all participants of RAFLOST 2010.
It was a great experience and hope to see you again at RAFLOST 2011.
The opening of Pikslaverk is on thursday the 20th of May 2010 in Hafnarhúsið (the Reykjavik Art Museum). It starts at 20:00 and includes a lecture by Pall Thayer about his Microcodes and an audiovisual performance by Servando Barreiro. Also, Goodiepal will speak about various relevant things.
Wednesday 19th, 20:00, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Sölvhóll Concert Hall, Sölvhólsgata 13 (behind the building)
Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir premiers works by Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson and Jesper Pedersen.
Miðvikudaginn 19. maí mun píanóleikarinn Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir frumflytja píanóverkið Sonorities II frá árinu 1968 eftir Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson á raflistahátíðinni Raflost í Reykjavík og er því um merkisfrumflutning að ræða. Tinna mun leika píanóverk Magnúsar Sonorities I, II og III á tónleikunum, en þau eru skrifuð á árunum 1963-1972. Magnús samdi röð verka sem bera þetta heiti fyrir mismunandi hljóðfærasamsetningar. Píanóverkin einkennast af tilraunamennsku, en í Sonorities II, sem frumflutt er á þessu tónleikum, leikur Tinna alfarið á strengi píanósins með tólum og tækjum. Þriðja verkið í röðinni, Sonorities III, er samið fyrir píanó og tónband, en Magnús var einn helsti frumkvöðull elektrónískra tónsmíða á Íslandi og þótt víðar væri leitað. Verkið er mjög frjálst í formi, þar sem píanóleikarinn spinnur m.a. yfir hljóðbandið og þar má hlýða á ýmsa tónlistarstíla undir rokk- og djass áhrifum tíðarandans. Magnús var fæddur árið 1925 og hefði því orðið áttatíu og fimm á árinu, en þessi merki maður lést árið 2005. Önnur verk á tónleikunum eru í takt við tilraunagleði Magnúsar. Þar heyrist tónverkið Kalimba frá árinu 2005 fyrir dótapíanó og rafhljóð eftir austurríska tónskáldið Karlheinz Essl og tvö píanóverk verða frumflutt eftir tvö ung tónskáld, þá Guðmund Stein Gunnarsson (Harsamvaða) og Jesper Pedersen (Laser Cat). Í kjölfar tónleikanna verður heimildarmyndin Surtur fer sunnan eftir Ósvald Knudsen frá árinu 1965 um Surtseyjargosið sýnd, en Magnús samdi tónlistina við myndina. Tónlistin samanstendur af hljóðum úr gosinu sjálfu og er því um mjög athyglisverða og merkilega hljóðmynd að ræða.Tónleikarnir hefjast kl: 20 í Sölvhóli, sal Listaháskóla Íslands og eru hluti af hinni árlegu raflistahátíð Raflost sem fram fer þessa dagana. Aðgangur á tónleikana er ókeypis.
Monday 17th, 12:30-13:30, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Laugarnesvegur 91
Radical Computer Music
Danish/Faroese composer, Goodiepal (Gæoudjiparl van den Dobbelsteen) will talk about various radical excursions into computer technology and media art.
The Raflost+Pikslaverk festival is taking place in Reykjavik on the 14th – 22nd of May 2010.
All events are free of charge.
RAFLOSTi Workshop Leaders:
Raflost+Pikslaverk is sponsored by:
During the days of RAFLOST there will be other interesting things in Reykjavik as well:
On tuesday the 18th there is a concert of electronic music by students of Kopavogur Computer Music Center. The concert takes place in Salurinn, Kopavogi, about 20 minute bus trip just outside of Reykjavik. [ Sorry, this concert was moved to the previous week, and is not a part of the festival. Two pieces from that concert were featured on the Saturday 15.5. happening at Útgerðin. ]
The Iceland Art Academy music student concerts will be happening during 17.4 – 30.5 2010. An overview of the concerts can be found here. Its in icelandic but you see that people are marked by their instrument names, except “tónsmíðar” means composition and “nýmiðlar” means new-media.
Also, check the Reykjavik Grapevine for various events in the city.
As you may know, the volcanic activity is decreasing so we hope all flight transportation will be back to normal in time for RAFLOST.
In the meantime, here is a live webcam from the eruption.
Friday the 14th of May
10:00-17:00 SUM Workshop, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Lauganesi
20:00 Concert, Tímahrak (IS) together with Lars Graugaard (DK) and Aki Asgeirsson (IS), Útgerðin, Grandagarði 16
Saturday the 15th of May
14:00-16:00 Arduino Workshop – Hakkavélin (Hackerspace Reykjavik)
20:00 Performance ***, Útgerðin, Grandagarði 16
The RAFLOSTi Workshop
Monday the 17th – Friday the 22nd of May
Iceland Academy of the Arts, Laugarnes, Visual Art building.
Monday the 17th, 12:30-13:30, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Laugarnes, Visual Art building.
RAFLOST Lecture 2
Christopher Hales (UK/FIN)
Monday the 17th, 16:00-16:45, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Laugarnes, Visual Art building.
RAFLOST Concert – Piano and Electronics
Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson (IS): Sonorities I (1963)
Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson (IS): Sonorities II (1968) – world premiere
Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson (IS): Sonorities III (1972)
Karlheinz Essl (AT): Kalimba (2005)
Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson (IS): New work
Jesper Pedersen (DK/IS): New work
Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson (IS): Surtur fer sunnan (1965) – Surtsey Volcano Documentary
Piano: Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir (IS)
Wednesday the 19th, 20:00-21:30, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Sölvhóll, Concert Hall
Páll Thayer (IS/USA) – Microcodes, lecture
Servando Barreiro (SP) – audiovisual performance
Thursday the 20th, 20:00-21:30, Reykjavik Art Museum / Hafnarhúsið
Linda Hilfing (DK) – Fjernstyring, lecture
Martin Howse (ENG) – island2
Servando Barreiro (SP) – presentation
Marco Donnarumma (SCT) – Golden Shield Music
Rafael Hidalgo Múgica (Tenerife) – Personal Weather Sensation
Friday the 21st, 13:00-16:00, Reykjavik Art Museum / Hafnarhúsið
Projects from the workshop will be presented
Friday the 21st at 20:00, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Laugarnes, Visual Art building
RIXC: Solar Music Workshop and discussions
Saturday the 22nd of May, 11:00-14:30, Útgerðin, Grandagarði 16
RAFLOST/PIKSLAVERK Grand Finale!
Short performances of different artists and art forms
Monika Frycova (CZ)
Juan Parra Cancino (CHL/NL)
Martinka Bobrikova (SVK/SWE) and Oscar de Carmen (ESP/SWE)
Teijo Pellinen (FIN)
Chris Hales (ENG/FIN)
Marco Donnarumma (SCT) – performance
Haraldur Karlsson (IS/NO) – Creating the now, or does it add something?
Saturday the 22nd of May at 21:00, Útgerðin, Grandagarði 16
RAFLOSTI – a multimedia performance workshop as a part of the electronic art festival RAFLOST.
Iceland Electronic Arts Society (Raflistafélag Íslands) in collaboration with the Iceland Academy of the Arts organizes the RAFLOSTI workshop.
The RAFLOSTI workshop is open for all nationalities and is free of charge.
The workshop takes place in Reykjavik on May 17th – 21th, where participants will work together in groups, leading to a performance. During this week, lectures and performances on the RAFLOST festival (14th – 22th of May) will be available to workshop participants.
The workshop is intended for students of performance based art (real-time art): music, dance, video, experimental theater, multimedia etc as well as professional artists of any age. The goal is to provide a platform for artists of different diciplines to work together using their domain-specific skills in a multimedia environment.
17.5.2010 – 21.5.2009
max 30 participants
Intermediate / Advanced
Áki Asgeirsson, teacher of Electronic Music and New Media, Iceland Academy of the Arts.
Workshop Group Leaders
Sigrún Harðardóttir, Ríkharður H. Friðriksson, Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir, Jesper Pedersen, Áki Ásgeirsson.
Participants get acquainted with the technical possibilities of connecting different art forms. Special emphasis will be on electronic and non-electronic interactivity and multimedia. Groups of 5-6 people of different backgrounds will work together with guidance from the workshop leaders in creating new works performed on the RAFLOST festival.
Content and methods
Participants will be presented with various tools for controlling, monitoring and connecting areas of different art forms. Workshop leaders will discuss relationships of different media and introduce their own work and multimedia performances by known artists. The leaders will also provide technical and aesthetic assistance if needed. Participants will share their knowledge of different fields within the group and contribute to the groups documentation of the new work.
Make a short description of your group’s work during RAFLOSTI, including pictures and discussion of ideas and technology used. This material should be uploaded to the Raflost webpage after the final performance.
Students of the Iceland Academy of the Arts will get 2 ECTS for their participation.
All participants will get a certificate stating their participation upon completing the workshop.
Send mail to email@example.com explaining your motivation to participating in the workshop before march 12th. The email should include a short CV.
Background knowledge in music, visual art, media, theater or other art forms.
Interest in cross-disciplinary work.
Ability to work in a collaborative and international group.
Some skills in new media tools and technologies are beneficial.
21.3.2010 Application deadline
28.3.2010 Information about the selection
16.5.2010 Arrival to Reykjavik, accommodation etc.
17-21.5.2010 The course itself
21.5.2010 Final performance
22.5.2010 Documentation and review.
23.5.2010 Departure from Reykjavík
Visiting participants will have to arrange their own accommodation.
Please bring with you:
If possible, a laptop computer and audiovisual equipment (digital camera, video camera, sound recording equipment, sensors, etc.)
Ability to work and live in an international group
The workshop is free of charge for all selected participants. The RAFLOST festival or the Iceland Academy of the Arts cannot pay for travel and accommodation for international participants. However, there are various funds that might support participation in the RAFLOSTI workshop. Participants have to be prepared to pay for meals or cook on their own.
Send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
RAFLOST – www.raflost.is
Iceland Academy of the Arts – www.lhi.is
Reykjavik News – http://www.grapevine.is
Bus info – http://www.straeto.is/media/vetur2009-2010/HEILDARKORT_vetur_2009-10.pdf
Reykjavik Webcamera – http://www.or.is/UmOR/Vefmyndavel/
Slátur – www.slatur.is
Lorna – www.pikslaverk.org
Iceland Academy of the Arts: +354 5524000
Áki Ásgeirsson: +354 6619731
Ríkharður Friðriksson: +354 8646382
The RAFLOST workshop will start on monday the 17th of May 2010 and end on saturday the 22nd of May.
The application deadline for the RAFLOSTi workshop is the 21st of March 2010.