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AVATAR

 

Performance / Audio / Quartz Composer

 

Freya Björg Olafson

 

Lighting Design | Hugh Conacher

 

Costume | Norma Lachance

 

60 minute performance

 

 

Past Presentations:

2015

Spark Performance | Syracuse University - Transmedia Department April - Syracuse, New York

 

2014

Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival  June 2014 - Chicago, Illinois

 

2013   

DISKURS 13’ Festival  -  Geissen, Germany

 

Capitol Theatre Moncton - Moncton, New Brunswick

 

Charlotte Street Arts Center - Fredericton, NB, CAN

 

High Performance Rodeo - Calgary, Alberta

 

Crimson Coast Dance - Nanaimo, British Colombia

 

2011   

National Arts Center | Prairie Scene Festival  - Ottawa, Ontario 

 

Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival

- Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

Reykjavík Art Museum | Sequences Real Time Media Arts Festival - Reykjavik, Iceland

 

 2010

OchoYmedio | Alas de La Danza (Quito) | Museo Antropologico Y Arte Contemporaneo (Guayaquil) | MACC Cine (Manta) three city tour in Ecuador

 

Nordic Arts Alliance | Minnesota State University Moorhead AVATAR - Fargo, North Dakota & Moorehead, MN.

 

Tangente - Laboratoire de Mouvement Contemporains  - Montreal, Quebec

 

Summerworks Theatre Festival National Series Presentation  - Toronto, Ontario

 

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art | North Carolina School of the Arts | The Centre for Design Innovation - Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 

OFFTA | OFF-Festival TransAmeriques New Icelander and AVATAR excerpt performances - Montreal, Quebec

 

University of Manitoba School of Art Visiting Artist Series - Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

2009

AVATAR world premiere co-presentation Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers | núna (now) Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

Marrying the physicality and immediacy of contemporary dance with the virtual ambiguities of online social networking, Avatar is a cross-disciplinary hub for experimentation and inquiry. As director and subject of her hybridized performance endeavours, Olafson engages what she calls a “duet with technology” – navigating digitally altered notions of exhibitionism, orientation, and identity.

 

This performance is part of an ongoing series that explores methods of creating, validating and disseminating one’s identity through the use of technology and the Internet. The work 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. Fragmented images from Olafson's personal life are woven together with the distorted and satirical views of various real video blogger audio and video sampling.

 

Since it’s premiere in 2009 as a co-presentation with Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers and the núna (now) Festival AVATAR has since been performed in Chicago, North Carolina, Toronto, Montreal, North Dakota, Minnesota as well as Quito, Manta and Guayaquil in Ecuador. In 2010 AVATAR received the “Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation” at the Summerworks Theatre Festival in Toronto. In 2013 the project toured to Germany, Alberta, British Colombia and the Atlantic region of Canada. Most recently AVATAR was performance in Chicago as part of the Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival 2014.

 

The development of this series is generously supported by:

The Canada Council for The Arts,

Manitoba Arts Council,

The Winnipeg Arts Council

& Video Pool Media Arts Center

 

 

 

Organizations that facilitated working process:

Tedd Robinson of 10 Gates Dancing Inc, one-week consultation at the Barn (Ontario)

Studio 303   through a workshop with www.2boys.tv (Montreal)

SĺM - Icelandic Association for Visual Artists (Reykjavik, Iceland)

PAF - Performing Arts Forum (France)

Plug In ICA 'Summer Institute (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

 

 

interview RUV - Icelandic NAtional TV

During Sequences Media Arts Festival 

Reykjavík, Iceland

 

1:33 minutes

 

 

Interview as part of Cluster Festival of Integrated Arts

 

4:30 minutes

 

CVS [Computer Vision Syndrome]

Video work as part of AVATAR series

 

3:30 minutes

 

A/S/L (  Age / sex / Location ]

Video work as part of AVATAR series

 

5mins

Brief Encounters & Sustained engagement

Video work as part of AVATAR series

 

10:00 minutes

 

2B

video work as part of AVATAR series

 

3:30 minutes

Photos: Hugh Conacher