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We proudly present Sequences VIII: Elastic Hours

We proudly present Sequences VIII: Elastic Hours

Joan Jonas, Song Delay, 1973, film still © 2017 Joan Jonas – Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Sequences opens its ten-day biennial in Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 6, 2017 and proudly presents the work of twenty-one local and international artists and honorary artist Joan Jonas in this eighth edition.

An offspring of the dynamic art scene that thrives in Reykjavík, Sequences Real Time Art Festival is an independent biennial that aims to produce and present progressive visual art with a special focus on time-based mediums such as performance, sonic works, video, and public interventions. Sequences VIII features a selection of artists and performers, many of whom engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration. The hub of Sequences VIII will be the newly opened Marshall House, home to the artist-run spaces The Living Art Museum and Kling & Bang. The festival will also take place in other artist-run and publicly funded locations throughout Reykjavik. A blossoming off-venue program will be presented alongside the curated program.

Margot Norton, curator at the New Museum in New York, is the curator of Sequences VIII.

“Elastic Hours”
While Sequences uses the term “real time” to refer to time-based media, “Sequences VIII: Elastic Hours” considers how the term might be applied to the experience of art making, exploring how artists manipulate time as a raw material. Stretching, echoing, and inverting hours, the works included in Sequences VIII often go beyond standardized metrics such as clocks to investigate alternative systems for measuring and experiencing time. These works remind us that our daily rhythms are not solely determined by tradition and locality but also rooted in the natural forces, beyond our control. The passage of time is acutely palpable in Iceland in particular, as with the region’s seasonal extremes in the duration of daylight hours and mercurial weather conditions. In charting the passage of time through unconventional means, the artists included bring heightened awareness and critical insights into our relationships with objects, society, and the universe around us.

Honorary artist: Joan Jonas
Since the late 1960s, Joan Jonas (b. 1936 New York. Lives and works in New York) has created groundbreaking multidisciplinary works that investigate time-based structures and the politics of spectatorship.  Her projects often simultaneously incorporate elements of theater, dance, sound, text, drawing, sculpture, and video projection. They rely on alternate identities, narrative symbols and threads, but they also refuse linearity, privileging instead the doubled and fractured tale. A pioneer of video art, Jonas began using the Portapak video system in 1970 to explore the shifts that occur from the camera to the projection to the body and the space of the live action. For her recent videos, performances, and installations, Jonas has frequently collaborated with musicians and dancers and has drawn from literary sources and mythic tales in realizing her multi-layered explorations. For Sequences, Jonas will present a solo exhibition at the Living Art Museum, which will include a selection of works from throughout her career—from her early videos Wind (1968) and Song Delay (1973) to stream or river or flight or pattern (2016/2017), a project that she conceived on recent travels to Venice, Singapore, Nova Scotia, and Vietnam. 
She will also present an ongoing experimental lecture demonstration at Tjarnarbíó on Sunday, October 8, featuring a new collaboration with Icelandic composer and musician María Huld Markan.


Helena Aðalsteinsdóttir (b. 1990 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Amsterdam)

Birgir Andrésson (b. 1955 Westman Islands, Iceland. d. 2007 Reykjavík)

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir (b. 1980 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir (b. 1990 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Amsterdam)

Elín Hansdóttir (b. 1980 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

David Horvitz (b. 1982 Los Angeles. Lives and works in Los Angeles) with Jófríður Ákadóttir (b. 1994 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

Anna K.E. (b. 1986, Tbilisi, Georgia. Lives and works in New York and Düsseldorf, Germany) and Florian Meisenberg (b. 1980, Berlin. Lives and works in New York and Düsseldorf, Germany)

Alicja Kwade (b. 1979 Katowice, Poland. Lives and works in Berlin)

Florence Lam (b. 1992, Vancouver, Canada. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

Nancy Lupo (b. 1983 Flagstaff, Arizona. Lives and works in Los Angeles)

Sara Magenheimer (b. 1981, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lives and works in New York)

Rebecca Erin Moran (b. 1976 Greeley, Colorado. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

Eduardo Navarro (b. 1979 Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson (b. 1971 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

Roman Ondak (b. 1966 Žilina, Slovakia. Lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia)

Habbý Ósk (b. 1979 Akureyri, Iceland. Lives and works in New York)

Agnieszka Polska (b. 1985, Lublin, Poland. Lives and works in Berlin)

Aki Sasamoto (b. 1980 Yokohama, Japan. Lives and works in New York)

Cally Spooner (b. 1983 Ascot, England. Lives and works in London and Athens, Greece)

Una Sigtryggsdóttir (b. 1990, Reykjavik. Lives and works in Reykjavik)

Image: Joan Jonas, Song Delay, 1973, film still. © 2017 Joan Jonas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


The Living Art Museum, Kling & Bang and the Icelandic Art Center are responsible for Sequences and this eighth edition is organized by a team including curator Margot Norton, producer Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir and the board of Sequences.


Sequences is made possible with support from Iceland Visual Arts Fund, City of Reykjavík, Promote Iceland, Iceland Naturally and the all-embracing and invigorating collaborative effort of artists.

Pssssst…. save the date! Sequences VIII takes place October 6 – 15, 2017

Pssssst…. save the date! Sequences VIII takes place October 6 – 15, 2017

Awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale

Awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale

Carolee Schneeman has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia – VIVA ARTE VIVA. The exhibition is curated by Christine Macel, who stated that:

“Carolee Schneemann (born in Fox Chase, Pennsylvania, 1939, lives and works in the Hudson Valley, New York) has been one of the most important figures in the development of performance and Body Art. She is a pioneer of feminist performance of the early 1960s. She has used her own body as the prevalent material of her art. In so doing, she situates women as both the creator and an active part of the creation itself. In opposition to traditional representation of women merely as nude object, she has used the naked body as a primal, archaic force which could unify energies. Her style is direct, sexual, liberating and autobiographical. She champions the importance of women’s sensual pleasure and she examines the possibilities of political and personal emancipation from predominant social and aesthetic conventions. Through the exploration of a large range of media, such as painting, filmmaking, video art and performance, Schneemann re-writes her personal history of art, refusing the idea of an “his-tory” narrated exclusively from the male point of view.”

Carolee Schneemann was the honorary artist of Sequences VII in 2015, held April 10-19 in Reykjavík and curated by Alfredo Cramerotti. An exhibition of Schneemann’s works was put up in Kling&Bang gallery, then situated at Hverfisgata 42 – now in a brand new and vibrant space at the Marshall house.

Her works More Wrong Things (2001), Eye Body (1963/1964) and Up to and Including Her Limits (1973-76) were shown as well as an interview with the artist by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Additionally, the ten day festival was wrapped up by a screening of Breaking the Frame with Carolee Schneemann (2012) a film by Marielle Nitoslawska and an oversees artist talk with Schneemann herself, moderated by the artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Before the talk, her work Fuses from 1965 was screened. So, Carolee Schneemann certainly put her mark on the Sequences festival and the whole Reykjavík art scene during the 10 days and will keep on nurturing the arts with the seeds she has grown in the past.
Sequences proudly congratulates Carolee Schneemann on the Golden Lion award!

Margot Norton Reykjavík Reykjavík Art Museum Talk Series

Margot Norton Reykjavík Reykjavík Art Museum Talk Series

10 ára afmælishátíð Sequences fer fram laugardaginn 19. nóvember 2016 og eru allir boðnir velkomnir til að taka þátt í hátíðarhöldunum sem hefjast á hádegi.

Margot Norton, sýningarstjóri hjá New Museum, mun sýningarstýra Sequences VIII sem haldin verður í október 2017. Margot verður viðstödd hátíðahöldin og mun kynna heiðurslistamann næstu hátíðar og veita gestum innsýn inn í næstu hátíð. Nokkrir af listamönnunum sem Margot hefur boðið þátttöku munu koma við sögu á afmælisdeginum.

Allir eru velkomnir og aðgangur endurgjaldslaus.

Nánari dagskrá auglýst fljótlega.

Um Margot Norton

Margot Norton er sýningarstjóri á New Museum í New York. Þar hefur hún sýningarstýrt einkasýningum með listamönnum á borð við Judith Bernstein, Pia Camil, Sarah Charlesworth, Roberto Cuoghi, Tacita Dean, Ragnar Kjartansson, Chris Ofili, Goshka Macuga, Laure Prouvost, Anri Sala og Erika Vogt auk samsýninganna The KeeperHere and Elsewhere og NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star. Norton skipulagði yfirlitsýningu á verkum “Llyn Foulkes” sem hefur verið sett upp í the Hammer Museum í Los Angeles, auk þess vann hún að samsýningunum Ghosts the MachineChris Burden: Extreme measures og Jim Shaw: The End is Here. Norton sýningarstýrði Næturvarpi: Náin rafræn kynni, dagskrá myndbandsverka sem var til sýningar á RÚV í upphafi árs 2016. Norton er um þessar mundir að vinna að yfirlitssýningu á verkum Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest sem verður til sýningar í New Museum 26. október 2016 –  15. janúar 2017. Norton var áður aðstoðarsýningarstjóri á Whitney Biennial 2010 og í Whitney Museum of American Art (Drawings Department)  í New York. Norton hefur haldið fyrirlestra og gefið út efni um samtímalist og hlaut meistaragráðu í sýningarstjórnun frá Columbia University, New York.

On Thursday the 16th of February at 20:00 an open lecture by Margot Norton will be held at the Reykjavík Art Museum; Hafnarhús.

Margot Norton is Associate Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. At the New Museum she has curated solo exhibitions by Judith Bernstein, Sarah Charlesworth, Tacita Dean, and Erika Vogt, organized the retrospective exhibition “LLYN FOULKES,” which traveled from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and worked on group exhibitions; NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, Ghosts in the Machine and Chris Burden: Extreme measures. Norton is currently working on the survey exhibition, Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest on view at the New Museum October 26, 2016—January 15, 2017.

Before she joined the New Museum, Norton worked as Curatorial Assistant on the 2010 Whitney Biennial and in the Drawings Department at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Norton holds a Masters Degree in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University, she has lectured and published on contemporary art.

Under the title Talk Series, Reykjavík Art Museum, Icelandic Art Centre, and the Iceland Academy of the Arts, are initiating a collaborative visitor program, offering a platform for a continual professional, international encounter to take place in Iceland.

Norton will curate the Sequences Art Festival in Iceland 2017.

Events will take place in English and are open to everyone, free of charge.

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir on the occasion of Sequences 10th Anniversary

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir on the occasion of Sequences 10th Anniversary

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir is amongst the first announced artists that Margot Norton curator of Sequences VIII has invited to participate in the festival in October 2017.

On the occasion of Sequences 10th Anniversary, Hildigunnur asked a number of artists to create a sequence (a .gif) for Sequences.

The artists that contributed to the collaborative galore were amongst others, more artists that Margot Norton has invited to partake in Sequences VIII:

Eduardo Navarro, David Horvitz, Aki Sasamoto and Hildigunnur herself.

Other artists that contributed were Helena Aðalsteinsdóttir, Joseph Marzolla, Guðlaug Mía and Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir.

The anniversary was celebrated on November 19th 2016 with a program and of course a birthday cake, a 2 meter long and juicy white .gif meringue.

DayBreak, Forever – a sound installation by Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson

DayBreak, Forever – a sound installation by Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson

In the midst of winterdarkness in Reykjavík lures a soundinstallation, DayBreak, Forever by Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson. This version 3.1 was installed in a small comfort zone by the harbour in Reykjavík on the occasion of Sequences 10th Anniversary on November 19th and is to be open 24 h, while the earth travels one round about the sun, until November 2017.

The sound-dome ceaselessly emits the sounds of the daybreak. The installation switches between 30 live audio-streams from open microphones placed at various locations around the globe. In every instant it chooses the one located closest to the day breaking so that the listener can hear the steady soundtrack of the day breaking, in real-time, night and day, every day.

Guests are welcome to visit and absorb the eternal sunrise anytime of the day/night.

Find DayBreak, Forever / Dagrenning, að eilífu here/hér.

In collaboration with Locus Sonus Streaming Network. Programming: Stéphane Cousot
Special thanks to the staff of Faxaflóahafnir

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