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intervue Radio-Canada (En Francais)

During núna (now) Festival 


3:30 minutes



an excerpt from HYPER_ in this interview for Icelandic National TV show ‘Andri á Flandri’


4:30 minutes



Interview Avec Le Téléjounrnal Manitoba - Radio Canada

During WNDX - Festival of Moving Images


1:22 minutes


Interview during Plug In ICA Summer Institute


3:30 minutes


Interview during EMPAC - Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center REsidency


11:30 minutes


With the support of núna (now), Intermedia artist Freya Björg Olafson presented the world premiere of HYPER_ to sold-out audiences September 5-7th, 2013. At the intersection of performance, visual and digital arts, HYPER_ explores the limits of perception. By shifting the dimensionality of the live body in relationship to the immersive screen Hyper_ moves between 2D and 3D representations of corporeality. HYPER_ inherently becomes a site for expanded choreography where virtual bodies, cyber dancers and the contemporary reinterpretation of everyday gestures converge. The performer’s physique is dissected and transformed, disappearing and merging with the stage and screen. Animated by a series of transformations, layered and colorful, the body becomes our dreamscape. HYPER_ deploys an intriguing combination of UV light, 3D glasses for the audience and large video projections on a black scrim to create deliberate perceptual twists and illusions, with lighting design by Hugh Conacher. 



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


The HYPER_ series received production and residency supports from:

EMPAC – Experimental Media and Performing Art Center (Troy, New York) 

Studio 303 – Danse & Arts Indisciplinés (Montréal, Quebec) 

Latitude 53 – Contemporary Visual Culture (Edmonton, Alberta)


with additional research residencies at:

Medea Electronic ‘Koumaria Residency’ (Athens / Koumaria, Greece)

Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, Florida)

Plug In ICA 'Summer Institute (Winnipeg, Manitoba)


Note about the 3D Glasses

Chromadepth glasses create a stereoscopic effect based upon differences in the diffraction of color through a special prism-like holographic film fitted into glasses. These Chromadepth 3D glasses give the illusion of colors taking up different positions in space, with red being in the foreground, and blue being in the background. The rest of the colors follow in order of the rainbow. Use of the glasses is completely optional. Halfway through the performance the glasses are called upon, you’ll know when.


music in this trailer: Davíð Þór Jónsson





Video / Performance / Isadora Programming


Freya Björg Olafson


Lighting Design | Hugh Conacher


Music | Ghostigital, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Kippi Kaninus [Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson]

LE1F, Dubbel Dutch


60 minute performance







Canada Dance Festival 2016 (Ottawa)


Expanse Festival (Edmonton) March 12 - 15

Summerworks (Toronto) August 5 - 16


WNDX - Festival of Moving Image (Winnipeg)

núna (now) Festival (Winnipeg) Premiere


Interview CITY TV morning show

as part of WNDX - Festival of Moving Image Interviewed alongside artist Andrew Milne


3:30 minutes


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Photos: Hugh Conacher

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