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Disembodied BEings


Disembodied BEings

part of the MÆ- Motion Aftereffect series    

Video / Audio:
Freya Björg Olafson

HD video | 6m49s


Installation or screening

Originally I perform with the video as part of

MÆ - Motion Aftereffect


‘Disembodied Beings’ considers how virtual reality technology destabilizes meaning(s) of the corporeal body. The work engages with content from the Internet: open source motion capture libraries, ready-made 3D models of humans, and at home tests of motion capture software and models.  These visuals conflate with found youtube monologues that recount out of body and astral projection experiences. ‘‘Disembodied People’ is part of Olafson a new series called ‘MÆ - Motion Aftereffect’ which is a series of works concerned with the impact of emerging consumer technologies associated with AR - Augmented Reality, VR - Virtual Reality, MR - Mixed Reality, XR - Extended Reality and 360° video. 

Freya acknowledges the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, the AR/VR Artist Research Residency Pilot organized by Oregon Story Board, Eyebeam and Upfor Gallery in Portland as well as the 13th Annual Montréal Choreographic Workshop. In 2017 this work was developed through the CounterPulse (San Francisco) ‘Artist Residency Commissioning Program’ with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Ken Hempel Fund for the Arts.

Screening History

2020  Pleasure Dome 'Toronto New Works' Tour -  Online Screenings - Victoria, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg 


2020   Gimli Film Festival - Gimli, Manitoba


2020   Pleasure Dome 'Toronto New Works' - Online Screening / Magazine - Toronto


2019   Movimiento en Movimiento #8 curator: Yolanda M. Guadarrama - Mexico City

2019   Festival International Du Film Sur L’art / Momenta Biennale De L’image  'præsentia/in absentia' curator Émilie Serri screening at Dazibao, Mtl


Olafson performed alongside the video work in development in the following contexts:

2018   Video Pool Media Art Centre as part of major exhibition 'Isolated Landscapes' curated by Kathy Rae Huffman, Nov 2017 - Winnipeg, Manitoba

2017  CounterPulse - Combustible: ARC - Artist in Residence Commissioning Program Sept 6 - 17, San Francisco, California ​

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