Sequences, Reykjavik: Open call for curator
From the exhibition a) in Kling & Bang at Sequences ix, 2019. Curators: Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir & Ingólfur Arnarsson. Photo: Margarita Ogolceva
Sequences real-time art festival seeks a curator or curatorial team for its eleventh international art biennale to be held in Reykjavík, Iceland, in the autumn of 2023. The new curator/curatorial team will determine the content of the festival, and work closely with the manager of the festival to produce a 10-day program of exhibitions and events.
From the very beginning, the festival has brought together local artists with international artists and has been curated both by local and international curators. For this version of the festival, we are looking towards bringing an outside eye into the Icelandic art scene and hoping to get both an outsider's view of the local art scene as well as introducing new artists to the local scene. The curators of the most recent editions were Markús Þór Andrésson (2013), Alfredo Cramerotti (2015), Margot Norton (2017), artists Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir & Ingólfur Arnarson (2019) and the current ones, artist Þóranna Björnsdóttir & composer Þráinn Hjálmarsson (2021).
Sequences now seeks a curator for Sequences 2023, with a project period extending from June 2021 to November 30, 2023.
Sequences real-time art festival is a ten-day biennial for contemporary art, in Reykjavík, Iceland. The biennial has roots dating back to 2006 when the first art festival was organised. Sequences’ subtitle, “real-time art festival”, is a reference to the festival’s original emphasis on real-time and time-based media. We are whilst honouring the history and function of the festival as an artist-run initiative with real-time and time-based mediums as an underlying theme. Today it is an important platform in Icelandic contemporary art. Sequences is run by Kling & Bang, The Living Art Museum and the Icelandic Art Center.
The Curator will have primary academic and artistic responsibility for Sequences, including the development of its conceptual and thematic framework, research and programming, exhibitions and events. The curator creates the artistic outline of Sequences XI and a production plan in collaboration with the managing director. The curator oversees the installing of exhibitions and planning of any events that are a part of the festival. The assignment will run from June 2021 until November 2023.
Please send your bio, a letter of motivation and a written proposal (max 2 pages) that outlines the curatorial theme and a few suggested artists.
Deadline: 28 May 2021
Þóranna Dögg Björnsdóttir and Þráinn Hjálmarsson are curators of Sequences X.
Photo: Rainy Siagian
The tenth international biennial Sequences will be held in October 2021. Sequences is the progeny of the creative powers which abound in this country and has now established itself as an important factor in the development of art in Iceland. Each time, the selected curators are energetic and progressive, and this year they are artist Þóranna Dögg Björnsdóttir and composer Þráinn Hjálmarsson.
Sequences’ subtitle, “real time art festival”, is a reference to the festival’s original emphasis on real-time and time-based media.
“This year, the festival focuses on man-made time indicators in our environment, for example how we can “read” the zeitgeist in our everyday actions, and by prevailing ideas in society at any given time. Social ideas and disposition are everchanging, just like the societies themselves. The flow of time is marked by the renewal and transformation of these ideas. By getting ideas in society moving, you get the time moving,”
The festival’s mainstay is a diverse and inter-disciplinary programme of exhibitions and happenings, with works by 27 Icelandic and international artists of different backgrounds; choreographers, poets, composers, designers, and artists. The festival also stretches across the city; from the Marshall House at Grandi, which houses both The Living Art Museum and Kling&Bang, to Open, Flæði, Bíó Paradís and Ásmundarsalur.
The festival’s honorary artist is Elísabet Jökulsdóttir (b. 1958), poet and author, but she is a unique and long-lasting voice in Icelandic culture.
“At all times, Elísabet’s works act as a barometer on society. She is perpetual and generous in her discussion about humane behaviour and with her actions and word craft, she spins threads between different art forms. She has paved the way for discussion about mental health and with her stories and her dialogue with the society, she enables us to enlarge our souls and reflect ourselves in the spectrum of common emotions. She constantly reminds us of the magic,”
Honorary artists of previous festivals are Kristinn G. Harðarson (2019), Joan Jonas (2017), Carolee Schneemann (2015), Grétar Reynisson (2013), Hannes Lárusson (2011), Magnús Pálsson (2009) and Rúrí (2008).
'Against the Run' eftir / by Alicja Kwade at Sequences. VIII
Mynd / Photo: Margarita Ogoļceva.
Sequences real time art festival will be held for the tenth time from October 15 - 24, 2021.
Open Call for curator/curatorial team for Sequences real time festival 2021
Sequences is looking for a curator/curatorial team for Sequences X which will be held in October 2021.
Application deadline: 03.08.2020
Sequences Real Time Art Festival is looking for a curator or curatorial team that could bring a breath of fresh air to the festival whilst honoring the history and function of the festival as an artist-run initiative focusing on real time and time-based mediums. The new curator/curatorial team will organize every aspect of the festival, this includes a variety of projects such as creating the curatorial vision and theme, selecting the exhibiting artists, funding, production and creating a final report. The Sequences board members will be there within reach to guide and assist during the entire process.
The Application Process
The application must have a thorough and detailed description of the proposed idea for the Sequences Real Time Art Festival (1 page), résumé and a suggestion for time-and budgeting.
The completed application must be sent as 1 pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight the 3rd of August 2020. The document must be 2GB or less.
For further information please direct them to the same email address.
All questions will be answered as soon as possible.
The Sequences board members will go over all applications and reply them no later than 3rd of September 2020. The highest level of confidentiality will be maintained and the Sequences board reserves the right to search other applicants.
From the opening of Daybreak, Forever, 2.0, by Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson. The work was installed in a tiny space on the harbour on the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of Sequences in 2016. The work was open 24/7 for 365 days.
The City of Reykjavik has announced their annual support to cultural activities and we celebrate a renewal of a collaborative support contract for the coming three years. The support is valuable for Sequences and allows the responsibles of the festival to make longer term plans. As ever, Sequences aims to be a field for experiments and to produce and present progressive visual art.
We are thankful for the gift of living in a city that supports diverse and independent cultural initiatives. A formal announcement and reception was hosted in Iðnó yesterday. Here is a list of those who receive support this year, and contracts in coming three years.
Preparation for the tenth Sequences festival is already underway and it will open in autumn 2021.