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Sequences VII: An Introduction

Sequences VII: An Introduction

Published March 29, 2015

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The opening of the seventh edition of Sequences real-time art festival is closing up. To warm you up for this great event Sequences will week by week update you with all the facts you need about artists, venues and happenings from our fully packed program, starting off with a little re-introduction to the festival and Sequences VII.

Sequences VII is a ten-day biennial in Reykjavík, Iceland, stretching from April 10 until April 19. An offspring of the dynamic art scene that thrives in Reykjavik, Sequences real-time art festival is an independent event that aims to produce and present progressive visual art with special focus on time-based mediums. Sequences VII presents a spectrum of video installations, screenings, performances, theatre works and discussions centred on the main theme of ‘Plumbing’!

Sequences - Íslandsmynd

The festival includes a selection of 26 artists, performers and manipulators of images, data and bodies who were keen to exchange, mix and reconfigure thoughts, doubts, works, time and space. Sequences VII will take place in different venues around the city of Reykjavík with focus on existing structures, such as galleries and artist run spaces, as well as a couple of fresh and unexpected venues to emphasise the progressive and energetic sides of the festival.

A non-Icelandic curator was hired for the first time for this seventh edition of Sequences. The board appointed Alfredo Cramerotti, a UK based art and media curator, a member of the Copenhagen based critical art collective Chamber of Public Secrets, writer and director at the welsh Mostyn as the curator of Sequences VII. Cramerotti has extensive experience, indeed the essential ingredient for Sequences at this stage.

We would also like to introduce you to two of the artists participating in Sequences VII:

Finnbogi Pétursson’s (b.1959) work often uses implements that produce electronic or acoustic sound (loudspeakers, wires, and instruments) to form sculptures themselves. Many of his installations bridge contemporary technology and elemental phenomena; his work also evokes experiences that cannot be attributed to visual or aural perception but rather a combination, or perhaps transcendence, of the senses. Finnbogi represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 2001 with his monumental sound installation Diabolus, and more recently – even just over a week ago, he released the Tesla Tune, a curious sound piece of different sounds, all generated by the same frequency.

Infra-Supra, 2014

Tesla Tune on Kompakt

The originality of Kris Lemsalu (b.1985) is invented and staged. With the use of her body, too, the artist is not exposing truthfulness and authenticity. She refers to the great importance of humour and irony. She concretises the false truths of media surfaces in real material and gets us to laugh about many things that are sold to us as beautiful, genuine, as necessary and desirable.

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A collaboration with Max Hooper Schneider, Mongolia, 2014

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It might be an idea to check these artists out and even to consider visiting Iceland if you are not already around! You won’t be disappointed.

…and pssst… the wonderful Hótel Holt offer Sequences guests a nice little discount on hotel nights.


The above copy and accompanying images were supplied by Sequences.

 


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