Online exhibition and panel at Artzine.is. Curated by Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir and organized in collaboration with Artzine.is and Tanya Toft Ag.
As digital technologies make data available for mathematical operations, new material becomes available for artistic experimentation and new kinds of content emerge through art. This program examines how contemporary art’s modes of making result in ‘new’ kinds of representations – and how this challenges a representationalist discourse in art. It discusses what these new representations show, what they reveal about recent orientations in art, and what they may eventually produce.
WHEN: Program available from June 13, 2020 (ongoing)
Streaming performances and VJ-ing on Facebook at 9 PM.
ARTISTS IN ONLINE EXHIBITION
SAEMUNDUR THOR HELGASON (b. 1986) is an Icelandic artist based between Reykjavik, London, and Amsterdam. He is a co-founder of HARDE-CORE, an Amsterdam based art organization, developing algorithmic curatorial methods since 2011 and Cosmos Carl, an online platform that only hosts hyperlinks provided by artists and curators. In 2017 he founded the interest group Félag borgara (eng. Fellowship of Citizens), with the aim of lobbying for Basic Income in Iceland. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Website: https://saemundurthorhelgason.com/
ANNA FRÍDA JÓNSDÓTTIR (b. 1984) is based in Reykjavik. She has shown her work in Iceland, New York, Lichtenstein and Hong Kong. Anna Frida has a BA in fine arts from Iceland Academy of the Arts, and MA in Art Science from Universität für die Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. Website: annafrida.com
AGUSTA YR GUDMUNDSDÓTTIR (b. 1994) is based in London and New York. She makes 3D animation for music groups and fashion designers, and videos with her own performances’ that she publishes on Instagram as @iceicebaby. Agusta’s work is about social media, self-image, and pornography. She uses her own body with self-confidence to criticize body image stereotyping, social demands, and how they limit individual emancipation. Agusta Yr participated in the event, Waiting for the Tsunami (The New Circus) with Alterazioni Video at the opening of Time, Forward! at the Venice Biennale in 2019. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York. Website: agustayr.com
HÁKON BRAGASON (b. 1993) lives and works in Reykjavík. He makes work in a virtual reality into which he invites the spectator. Hákon is part of RASK collective. He graduated with a BA in fine art from Iceland University of the Arts in 2019. Website: https://raskcollective.com/artists/hakon.html
HARALDUR KARLSSON (b. 1967) lives and works in Oslo and Reykjavík. He has specialized in experimental video art for the last two decades. His most recent work is based on CAT scans of the brain and the heart that he explores on artistic presuppositions. Haraldur has for many years been practicing VJ-ing in concert settings and streaming. Haraldur holds a diploma in mixed media at Icelandic Art School in Reykjavík, and a BA degree in media art from AKI (Academy of Arts and Industry) Enschede, in The Netherlands. He studied Sonology at The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. Webiste: haraldur.net
GEIRTHRUDUR FINNBOGADÓTTIR HJÖRVAR (b. 1977) lives and works in Reykjavík. Her work deals with the matrix from the perspective of original mythologies and modern digital technologies. The matrix is understood as a grid of the reality individuals travel through. Geirthrudur explores topology in her installations and through images she acquires through open access resources on the Internet. She studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík, École normal supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and Konsthögskolan in Malmö. Website: geirthrudur.com
FREYJA EILÍF (b. 1986) lives and works in Reykjavík. In her work, she explores ideas from post-internet, post-humanism and mystical sciences, through operations of visual manifestations into other realms of existence. In this process, Eilíf has developed an intimate relationship with her own software. She uses the mind as a tool to examine different contingencies, in addition to various mediums such as video, installation, sculpture, and painting that document sensorial experiences from multiple dimensions. Freyja Eilíf graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. She is the founder of the artist-run exhibition and project space Ekkisens (2014-2019) and now owns and runs The Museum of Perceptive Art in Reykjavík. Website: freyjaeilif.com
AUÐUR LÓA GUÐNADÓTTIR (f. 1993) lives and works in Reykjavik. Her work is based on social structures, the Internet, and old and new mythologies. Her works are mainly presented as visual narratives in the form of small figurines made of paper maché and as drawings. Auður Lóa holds a BA in fine art from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. She received the Encouragement Prize from the Icelandic Art Council in 2018. Website: audurloa.com
FRITZ HENDRIK BERNDSEN aka FRITZ HENDRIK IV (b. 1993) is an Icelandic artist currently living in Reykjavík. Fritz Hendrik is interested in the act of both the conscious and unconscious staging in life, art culture. In his work he explores these subjects through different fictional strategies, e.g. in close collaboration with the fictional scholar and theorist Fræðimaðurinn (e. The Scholar) who is an expert in looking at the world through the ‘Grey veil’ as he calls it, revealing the more grey and poetic aspects of life. Fritz Hendrik’s body of works consists mainly of installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and video. Fritz Hendrik holds a BA in fine art from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. He was interning for 8 months at Studio Egill Sæbjörnsson in Berlin, preparing for the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2017. Website: fritzhendrik.com
MARGRÉT ELÍSABET ÓLAFSDÓTTIR (b. 1965) (moderator) is based in Akureyri. She is the co-founder of Lorna, an association for electronics arts in Iceland, and has worked as a journalist, art critic, writer, and curator. Her main exhibitions as a curator are Icelandic video art from 1975-1990 at Reykjavik Art Museum and Creation of the Self. Expressionism in Icelandic Art from 1910-1945 at LÁ-Art Museum. She was the project manager of Pikslaverk festival from 2010-2015. Academic publications include “Visions and Divides in Icelandic Contemporary Art”, in Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art and “Early Expressionism in Icelandic Art: Jón Stefánsson, Jóhannes Kjarval, and Finnur Jónsson”, in The Routledge Companion to Expressionism in a Transnational Context. She has a Ph.D. in aesthetics and science of art from the University of Paris 1. She is an assistant professor at the University of Akureyri and a part-time teacher at the Iceland University of Arts.