part of the AVATAR series
Audio, video, performance: Freya Bjorg Olafson
Duration: 3:45 mins
format available: Beta, Mini DV, DVD (NTSC or PAL)
Completed February 2011
2 B is part of my AVATAR series exploring methods of creating, validating and disseminating one’s identity through the use of technology and the Internet. The series is inspired by the mantra “I post therefore I am”, whereby Internet users legitimize their existence by documenting their lives and uploading this media to personal webpages and blogs. The work in this series facilitates an inquiry into our desire to share and publicize our lives. 2 B was created using a screen capture of free customizable online games. The work questions virtual presence.
The AVATAR series began at Studio 303 (Montreal) during a workshop lead by 2boys.tv (video/performance duo, Montreal) in May 2008. Since then the series benefited from significant time at PAF~Performing Arts Forum (St.Erme-Outre-et-Ramecourt, France), SIM – The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (Reykjavik, Iceland) and at The Barn with Tedd Robinson of 10 Gates Dancing Inc (Ontario).
The development of this series is generously supported by the Canada Council for The Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, The Winnipeg Arts Council and Video Pool Media Arts Center. To date excerpts of this body of work have been exhibited / performed at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Center (Toronto), Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), Studio 303 (Montreal), PAF ~ Performing Arts Forum (France) and Kling&Bang Galleri (Iceland).
2014 Morris & Hellen Belkin Art Gallery 'Welcome to Screenland’ curator: Carolyn Jervis -
2014 SIM - Icelandic Association for Visual Artists (video) installation) Reykjavík, Iceland
2011 SEAfair / 'Video Pool at ISEA' screening curated by Tom Kohut, Skopje, Macedonia
2011 ISEA - Instanbul 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art -
program by: Dr. Melentie Pandilovski, Istanbul
2011 Latitude 53 - FOMD Laboratory - Embodied Projections -
two person exhibit with Margaret Dragu - Edmonton, Alberta
Distributed by: VIDEO POOL MEDIA ARTS CENTER