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MÆ - Motion Aftereffect intends to reveal how virtual reality technology can destabilize meaning(s) of the corporeal body. The project engages with content from the Internet: open source motion capture libraries,  ready-made 3D human models and monologues of individuals recounting their experiences with VR in live gameplay, explorative worlds, VR porn. These texts and visuals conflate additional youtube monologues recounting out of body experiences and astral projection.  The MÆ project is a new work in development that aims to catalyze conversations about contemporary culture and performance while imagining societies future with advances in VR technologies.

MÆ - Motion Aftereffect

new work in development

Performance / Video / Audio:

 

Freya Björg Olafson

 

2018

3:55min excerpt of a 60 min work in development

Performance dates:

WNDX - Festival of Moving Images /Prairie Theatre Exchange

October 2019 Premiere of the full length work

CounterPulse - Combustible: ARC - Artist in Residence Commissioning Program

San Francisco, California 

September 6 - 17th, 2017

Video Pool Media Art Centre  

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

Winnipeg, Manitoba

November 2017 

PAinting With the Man

part of the MAE- Motion Aftereffect series    

Video | Motion Capture | Performance:
Freya Björg Olafson
 

Music: Mister Wallace  

HD video | 3m37s

 

Installation or screening

 

2017

 

‘Painting with the Man’ was developed through the use of a camera-less motion capture suit worn by Freya Olafson. The work references Yves Klien’s Anthropométries 1960 series; wherein Klein engaged nude women as 'human paint brushes'. Dressed in bow-tie and suit Klein would conduct the women as they covered themselves (in his patented color ‘International Klein Blue’) and made imprints of their bodies on canvas. In ‘Painting with the Man’ Olafson uses a digital readymade generic male 3D body to imprint the canvas / screen. more info

2018   

7. International Dancefilmfestival Brussels - Belgium

21st Annual Antimatter [Media Art] Festival - Victoria, British Colombia
Videomedeja Festival / Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina - Novi Sad, Serbia
LINOLUEM Contemporary Animation and Media Arts Festival - Kiev, Ukraine

GIV - Groupe Intervention Vidéo ‘27e Vidéos De Femmes Dans Le Parc’ screening - Montréal, Qc
Dunlop Art Gallery ‘URL:IRL’  curators Blair Fornwald, Jennifer Matotek, and Wendy Peart - exhibition Regina 

Mile Zero Dance 'Reeling: Dance On Screen' - Edmonton

2017    

Moving Bodies Festival - Varna, Bulgaria
WUFF - Winnipeg Underground Film Festival - exhibition at Poolside Gallery - Winnipeg, Mb
ForthWith Festival for Experimental Art & Technology - exhibition Winnipeg, Manitoba

Excerpts of CPA

[Consistent Partial

Attention]  

Originally performed / developed for 7a*md8 Live Stream hosted by organized by 7a11d in Toronto in December 2017. This video returns my performance CPA [Consistent Partial Attention] to the internet, broadcast from my home studio in Winnipeg. The CPA [Consistent Partial Attention] project offers a paradoxical meditation on what it means to be present in our contemporary screen-obsessed world. Developed through digital collage the CPA [Consistent Partial Attention] performance is guided by a video score of pre-existing / found Internet footage of individuals improvising in their homes.  Through the rich confluence of sources we experience dance as a vernacular, learned language, permeating and crossing communities, provoking consideration upon the evolution of dance in the age of the internet. 

Video | Audio | Performance : Freya Olafson

 

HD video | 10m32s
 

Performance for web camera / video documentation of a web performance

December 2017

AVATAR

Performance / Audio / Quartz Composer:

 

Freya Björg Olafson

2010

3mins of excerpts from the 60 minute performance - has taken place in both blackbox theatres and gallery spaces

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AVATAR is inspired by the mantra, “I post, therefore I am,” referencing the way Internet users legitimize their existence by documenting their lives and uploading the data to personal webpages and blogs. In a striking audio/video/dance performance, Olafson's moves intimately through software, opening files on her personal computer and interacting with a built-in camera to explore methods of creating, validating, and disseminating one’s identity through the use of technology and the Internet. The performance inherently becomes a duet with technology as the artist makes use of live video feeds and projections to magnify, manipulate, and effectively broadcast persona and image. This series is based around the 60 minute performance but has numerous video works and drawings as extenstions of the project.

CPA (Consistent Partial

Attention)

Concept / Direction: Freya Björg Olafson

 

Researched & Performed with:  

Lise McMillan &  James Phillips

2016

3:55mins of excerpts from the 75 minute performance - has taken place in both blackbox theatres and gallery spaces

 

CPA [Consistent Partial Attention] offers a paradoxical meditation on what it means to be present in our contemporary screen-obsessed world. Developed through digital collage the CPA [Consistent Partial Attention] performance is guided by a video score of pre-existing / found Internet footage of individuals improvising in their homes.  The performers sight read the choreographic score by referencing diverse sources and monitors. While the performers have familiarity with the digital dances, they can never fully know their ‘choreography’. Thereby CPA sustains as an exercise in ‘nowness’; the performers engage as interfaces in act of realtime translation of data / movement vocabulary from the video score. Through the rich confluence of sources we experience dance as a vernacular, learned language, permeating and crossing communities, provoking consideration upon the evolution of dance in the age of the internet. 

CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome) is part of the AVATAR series exploring methods of creating, validating and disseminating one’s identity through the use of technology and the Internet. CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome) layers composited screen captures of rapid web searches, desktop strippers and amorphous dancers aiming to draw you into the screen.

CVS [Computer Vision Syndrome]

Video |Audio | performance: Freya Olafson
 

Duration: 5:33mins

 

Format available:

Beta, Mini DV, DVD (NTSC or PAL)

 

2010

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Layered and colorful, almost as though animated, the body becomes a dreamscape in ‘Above | Beyond | Outside’. The video deploys an intriguing combination of SPF 60 sunscreen, clear UV reactive body paint and UV lights to reduce the dimensionality of the physical body to line. Olafson's physique is dissected and transformed, disappearing and merging with the screen.

Above / Beyond / outside 

part of the HYPER_ series    

Video | Performance | Paint: Freya Olafson

Music: Davíð Þór Jónsson 

HD video | 3m30s

 

Installation or screening ( (Ideal installation is with three layers of black sharkstooth scrim hung about a foot away from each other off the wall, this produces a corps de ballet of floating figures, which get larger towards the back scrim / wall surface).

 

2013

more info on HYPER_ series