SEQUENCES 2009 exhibits contemporary art with a special emphasis on the ephemeral nature of art this year. Taking up the vaudevillean stage; made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together, SEQUENCES hopes to create a multifunctional stage as a rendezvous for visual and stage arts. 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, theatre and media arts, offering everything from popular and classical musicians, dancers, 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 vehicle for this are numerous LIVE events taking place throughout the Reykjavík city center; in renowned art spaces, galleries and institutions.
Newly added to the festival lineup are the SEQUENCES 2009 – Lecture Series. Speakers include some of the participating artists as well as other invited speakers in the fields of visual arts, stage arts and theory.
The fourth real-time festival in Reykjavik SEQUENCES will open on Saturday, October 31st with a spectacular program. International and Icelandic artists will come together for various projects such as performances, screenings, concerts and exhibitions. The special focus will be on Nordic collaborations but also local artists such as The Icelandic Love Corporation or Egill Sæbjörnsson will participate. This years international art festival is in the hands of the artistic director Kristín Dagmar Jóhannesdóttir and the manager Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir.
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Photos by Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson- Sequences 2009 official photographer:
For more info check out the 2009 News archive on the front page.
This year’s honorary artist will be 80 year old concept art legend Magnús Pálsson. Born in East-Iceland in 1929, Pálsson studied theatre design and art in the early 1950s and became an active participant in Iceland’s embryonic avant-garde, collaborating with alternative theatre groups as well as with other artists such as Dieter Roth and later the SÚM-group of young artists that formed in 1965. International and Icelandic artists will come together for various projects but a special focus will be on live events this year.
Sveinn Þorri Davíðsson (keepitcomplicated.com)
artist, appointed to board by Kling & Bang Gallery
artist and curator, appointed to board by The Dwarf Gallery
Project manager for Lecture Series