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2019 by Freya Björg Olafson


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Oct 30th to Nov 3rd, 2019

Prairie Theatre Exchange - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Research ResidencIES

Prairie Theatre Exchange - Winnipeg

June 17 to 30th, 2019


OBORO - New Media Centre - Montréal

July 2018

past performances of work in development

CounterPulse - Combustible: ARC - Artist in Residence Commissioning Program

w/ Yağız Mungan

San Francisco, California 

September 6 - 17th, 2017

30 minutes

Video Pool Media Art Centre  

as part of major exhibition 'Isolated Landscapes' curated by Kathy Rae Huffman 

Winnipeg, Manitoba

November 2017 

excerpts 20 minutes

Video Screenings - two works part of the series 

'Painting With The Man' - 6mins 

Recent screenings in Ukraine, Serbia, Belgium, Montréal, Reunion Island, Victoria - BC, Regina, Edmonton, Portugal, Iran, Iceland + Bulgaria.


'Disembodied Beings' - 7mins

MOMENTA Biennale De L'Image

upcoming screening in Montréal

The latest project by international intermedia artist Freya Olafson reveals how virtual reality technology destabilizes meaning(s) of the corporeal body. MÆ - Motion Aftereffect explores motion-capture, ready-made 3D models and monologues found online, ranging from experiences with virtual reality in live gameplay to out-of-body experiences and astral projection tutorials. Boldly, and with levity and humour, Freya’s imagination and craft gives us a playful window into a world that we can only begin to imagine.

MÆ - Motion Aftereffect will be available for presentation and touring in Canada and abroad.

Concept, Performance, Video & Production Freya Björg Olafson | Lighting Design, Stage Manager & Production Consultant Hugh Conacher | Sound Freya Olafson & Emma Hendrix | VR Motion Capture Freya Olafson | VR interaction Yağız Mungan | Co-presence Lise McMillan | Costume Wanda Farian | Advisor Tedd Robinson

Research contributions from: Thomas Wester in Portland, Kathy Casey, Larry Lavender, Rachel Harris and Ellen Furey in Montreal, Yağız Mungan in San Francisco and James Phillips / Will Pappenheimer in Montréal.


Freya acknowledges the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council; 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. In 2018 the work was developed through a residency at Oboro in Montréal as well as Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg in 2019.





Freya Björg OLAFSON

Video / Audio / Performance / VR