SEQUENCES 2009 real time art festival in Iceland

SEQUENCES 2009 takes place between Friday, October 30th and Saturday, November 7th. The festival exhibits contemporary visual art with its curators placing a special emphasis on the ephemeral nature of art this year. Performances, video art, art in public/urban spaces with reference to stage arts are combined to create a dynamic cross-platform within the festival. Taking up the vaudevillean stage, that is made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together, SEQUENCES hopes to create a multifunctional stage as a rendez-vous for visual and stage arts. The concept builds on the practice of SEQUENCES 2009 honorary artist Magnús Pálsson. Magnús studied both theatre design and visual arts and has not hesitated to bring the two fields together in his works. The vehicle for this are numerous LIVE events taking place throughout the Reykjavík city center in renowned art spaces, galleries and institutions.

Vaudeville, a variety entertainment known for its “low” entertainment has had its influence on contemporary pop culture. Its lineup encompassed areas such as music, dance, theater and media arts, offering everything from popular and classical musicians, dancers, comedians, magicians, acrobats, one-act plays, athletes, minstrels, and movies. SEQUENCES 2009 celebrates its century old history and borrows its form in a reinterpreted costume. The work of Spartacus Chetwynd, Egill Sæbjörnsson, group exhibition (made up and let down), Halldór Úlfarsson and Sigurður Guðjónsson’s live event relate to the vaudevillean form directly due to subject matter, style or setup. Others take on the theatrical stage in its literal meaning in works by artists Oblivia, Prinz Gholam, Ingibjörg Magnadóttir, Melkorka Huldudóttir, Hrafnhildur Hagalín og Steinunn Knútsdóttir or Björk Viggósdóttir. Yet others require broader interpretation as the stage is brought into the everyday in works by artists Páll Haukur Björnsson, Andrew Burgess, Parfyme, Etienne de France and Berglind Jóna Hlynsdóttir, Ásmundur Ásmundsson and Snorri Ásmundsson, Rita Canarezza and Pier Paolo Coro or art collective American Meat LLC.

SEQUENCES also offers special side events it its program. These include a Video Screening Event showcasing performative videos by artists such as The Icelandic Love Corporation, Curver Thoroddsen, collaborative project by sixteen Icelandic and Polish artists and Sirkus a film that sheds light on the performative nature of Kling & bang gallery’s project for Frieze Art Fair in 2008. A night of open studio hosted by SÍM- Seljavegur as well as Lecture Series that will run alongside the festival at the Nordic House in Reykjavik.



SEQUENCES is promoted by CIA.IS - Center for Icelandic Art

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