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Disembodied BEings

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Disembodied BEings

part of the MAE- Motion Aftereffect series    

Video / Audio:
Freya Björg Olafson

HD video | 6m49s

 

Installation or screening

Originally I perform with the video

2017

‘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 aims to catalyze conversations about contemporary culture through imagining societies future with advances in VR technologies.  ​

 

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

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 ​