Lee Lynch’s YouTube Folk Anthology is a selection of songs by artists whose music is exhibited and proliferated on YouTube. The project is inspired by The Anthology of American Folk Music, a six volume set produced by Harry’s Smith (1923-1991) a New York based experimental filmmaker who had been collecting folk music and field recordings since he was a teenager. For Raflost’s 2021 edition Lee has created a limited edition set of vinyls for his Volume One edition “Songs of Affirmation and Unrequited Love”, a collection of favorite tracks that he and his fellow artist Christian Cummings have discovered on YouTube over the last decade. The vinyls are in an addition of 5 with covers that feature handmade artwork of a still from Harry Smith’s unfinished 35mm collage animation The Tin Woodman’s Dream. On Sunday at 15:00 at 12 Tónar Lee will be giving a talk on the project as well as screening the videos from the songs featured on the album.
Raised in Redding, California, Lee Lorenzo Lynch (1980) has been making films and art since the age of 13. He holds a BFA in Film from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Fine Art from the University of Southern California. His films have been exhibited at FIDMarseille, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Full Frame, The Viennale, Tribeca, and Sundance.
Ella Fleck (www.ella.zone) is an artist and writer living and working from Derbyshire U.K. Working often with people, performance and sometimes digital tools, she thinks about different ways to nurture social practice and play in a digitally dominant world. Ella co-founded and is facilitating DARP (Derbyshire Artist Resident Program – www.darp.media). In 2018 she co-founded 650mAh in Hove, U.K (www.650mah.com). She has written for Frieze, Art Et Al and Dazed. Ella is also 50% of @ellaandJaana on OnlyFans, a digital self portrait playground that she updates semi-regularly with Jaana Kristiina Alakoski. She currently spends her time drawing, roleplaying, writing and making small browser projects.
After running Dating Sim as a one-on-one performance game on zoom, Ella has adapted Dating Sim to be performed as a role-play love poem between her, her computer and an audience.
Litten Nystrøms work often crosses media and genres, to define a space where object, space and actions overlap. The result can be characterized as subtle manifestations addressing ongoing interventions between time, circumstance, matter and consciousness, positioning matter and image as restless forms with fleeting properties. Concepts and dialogues often developed on site, materialize in works and assemblies that are both happenings and tangible compositions in one.
“Cross-section” / Aleksi Jaakkola / 2021
The cross-section is a visual journey that dives into a Pear by cutting edge observations. Layer by layer this investigation seeks out an understanding of the fruit.
about Aleksi Jaakkola // video, sound, performance, feedback video, installation //
Egill Sæbjörnsson’s video installations consist of real objects, projected video images, often self generative and combined with arduino technology, and sound. He has also a large bulk of work in both performance and music writing. His work can be perceived as a technological continuation of painting and sculpture. Recently curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist described them as an augmented reality work without using the glasses. Egill’s Sæbjörnsson’s work often make us confused and surprised and leads us to pose ontological questions, doing so in a way that both he and we enjoy. His works are known for their lightness and humour and are of an experiential nature, often requiring neither instructions nor education in order to be understood, yet with an underlying seriousness and thought. In his book Stones according to Egill Sæbjörnsson he proposes the idea that art is a species that coexists with humans in symbiotic way. The relationship between what is called mind and physical reality is of great importance in his work. And how emotions, fantasy and reality connect. In 2017 Egill Sæbjörnsson represented Iceland at the Biennale Arte 2017 in Venice, where he let two imaginary friends, the 36 meter tall, people eating trolls, Ugh & Boogar, take over the exhibition concept. His public art piece for the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin is the first permanent, self generative video installation in an outdoor space in Germany. Last year he was nominated for the Ars Fennica Art Price in Finland. Egill Sæbjörnsson studied new media at the Icelandic College of Arts & Crafts in Iceland 1993 – 1997 and in Paris VIII StDenis from 1995 – 1996.
With a background in game design, film directing and archaeology, Isdrake has covered the span of human and technological development, learning from the past to diversify the future through creative actions. Isdrake is also the founder of the game innovation lab Collaboratory and the game art gallery Epic Unidragon.
Researching the bias in technology and solutions for equity, empowerment and freedom of diverse identities is at the core of their work, currently focused on cyborg art, metaverses and body modifications as voice.
Isdrake will give an insight to their work and open up for dialogue and collaboration with the participants.
„Eins og raftækjaruslahaugar heimsins bera vitni um þá hlaðast vonir gærdagsins upp allt í kringum okkur. Það væri fávísi að afskrifa allt sem þar liggur í nafni herskárrar hugmyndafræði sem krefst eilífs vaxtar. Þess vegna heillar skapandi notkun úreltrar tækni mig. Það er ekki sökum nostalgíu heldur því úrsérgengin er tæknin loks frjáls undan upprunalegu hlutverki sínu. Hún er öðru fremur vettvangur leikgleði, tilrauna og fegurðar, með afskaplega takmarkaða möguleika til að þjónusta efnahaginn. Þar búa róttækir möguleikar hennar: hún hafnar gildismati fjármagnsins og reynir að skapa merkingu eða hughrif úr því sem er verðlaust.“
Atli Bollason er listamaður og nautnaseggur sem býr í Reykjavík.
Hákon Bragason graduated from Iceland University of the Arts with a degree in visual art in 2019 and has since held private exhibitions, participated in various projects and regularly participated in group exhibitions. He mostly works with interactive installations, virtual reality and mixing of craftsmanship, machinery and digital parts. The fundamental factors in his works are mostly based on the position of the individual versus the surroundings, experience and perception.
Hákon Bragason útskrifaðist úr myndlist frá Listaháskóla Íslands vorið 2019 og hefur síðan þá haldið einkasýningar, tekið þátt í ýmislegum verkefnum auk þess að taka reglulega þátt í samsýningum. Hann vinnur aðalega með gagnvirkar innsetningar, sýndaveruleika og samblöndun handverks, véla og stafrænna þátta. Grunnþættir verka hans byggjast aðalega á stöðu einstaklings gagnvart umhverfi sínu, upplifun og skynjun.
SÚL_VAD is an ongoing collaborative project between visual artist Ásdís Birna Gylfadóttir (1993) and composer Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir (1993).
Growing up together in a small town in Iceland, their friendship, passions, interests and ideas were shaped by the freedom of their natural surroundings as much as they were influenced by the limitations of their environment. The duo’s unique way of collaborating and creating work together, while living in different countries for the past 6 years, has led to multiple different projects. Their artistic collaboration began when they created the audiovisual performance Ymur, premiering at the European audio and art festival Tut Töt Tuð in the Netherlands in 2017. Since then, their work has been presented at various exhibitions and events in Sweden, Austria, Iceland and The Netherlands.
Their work is experimental and observational, using video and audio as a means to collect information and material as well as communicating ideas to each other – resulting in interesting installation works and performances where the two mediums blend together. It explores the relations and opposites between the visual and the auditory, the natural and the superficial. It focuses on the seen, the heard, the felt elements of the world around us and gives new perspectives and roles to borrowed natural elements. Taking inspiration from the visible and hidden world of Icelandic nature, the contrast between human nature and nature, the weather and stories from their grandparents, amongst other things, each work is an autonomous result of their collaborative research of various perspectives and topics important to the artists, including social issues, human behaviour, and the spiritual mind to name a few.
Awakening is grasping,
is rising is becoming.
A single word has multiple meanings. Round and around, a constant circular movement. A circle has no beginning, no end. The Earth keeps moving around the Sun.
Resisting is noticing,
is trying is digesting.
Silence is the loudest with no one around. Our surroundings shape us and restrain us. The mind reacts and the body acts.
Imitating is observing,
is attracting is connecting.
A single emotion is far and near. Thoughts connect us and thoughts separate us. We learn from doing, from seeing, from hearing, our senses are tools leading us through.
Repelling is pushing,
is forcing is exploding.
No reaction is right, no reaction is wrong. Nobody has full control. We are nature and nature is us.
Raging is punching,
is struggling is objecting.
A single feeling has multiple explanations. Eye contact is human contact, connecting and disconnecting. Frustration is a force.
Accepting is surrendering,
is complying is resting.
A single word has multiple meanings. Round and around, a constant circular movement. A circle has no beginning, no end. The Moon keeps moving around the Earth, round and around.
Dancers: Gabriel Marling Rideout, Marikki Nyfors, Sóley Ólafsdóttir.
3D scans by Arna Beth.
About the work:
Helio is an audiovisual installation piece. The visual part of the work is a result of graphic notation research by visual artist Ásdís Birna Gylfadóttir. Through a collaboration with dancers Gabriel Marling Rideout, Marikki Nyfors and Sóley Ólafsdóttir, she has developed a unique dance notation system inspired by topographic maps.
The performance embodies the eternal cyclic movement of existence, inspired by the Earth’s orbit with the dancers moving in a constant circular movement. Containing six chapters, each can be described as a layer, where a layer is represented by a word from the text accompanying the work. Each word describes the movement of the layer they are paired with and every layer gradually adds to the story. The audio is controlled by the same words, creating a mystical and elusive soundscape by composer Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir.
All events are free, but to support the festival you are welcome to buy a “RAFLOST Stone” for 2000 krónur. For sale in Mengi.
Thursday 13th of May
- 17:00 OPENING : Mengi and Skólavörðustígur 22b
- 20:00 PERFORMANCE : Dating sim : Mengi + broadcast to 12tónar
- Ella Fleck: Dating Sim
Friday 14th of May
- 17:00 STUDENT EXHIBITION : location announced later
- 20:00 rafTón/Sjón-leikar : Mengi + broadcast to 12tónar
- 21:00 After Party : Skerjafjörður
Saturday 15th of May
- 15:00 TALK : Embodied Empowerment – Cyborg Implants as Musical Instruments: Mengi
- 20:00 PERFORMANCE Evening : Mengi + broadcast to 12tónar
Sunday 16th of May
- 15:00 YouTube FOLK Anthology TALK and Barbecue : 12 tónar
(this page will update : stay tuned)