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Excerpts of new work in development 'MÆ - Motion Aftereffect' as part of 'Isolated Landscapes' curated by Kathy Rae Huffman for Video Pool Media Arts Center

November 14, 2017


As part of Isolated Landscapes : Prairie Women in Video (1984-2009), Freya Björg Olafson presents MÆ - Motion Aftereffect

when: November 19 | 6:30pm
where: Winnipeg Film Group Studio | 304-100 Arthur Street
cost: FREE!

MÆ - Motion Aftereffect intends to reveal how virtual reality technology can destabilize the 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 by individuals recounting their experiences with VR in live gameplay, explorative worlds and VR porn. 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.

Performance to last appoximately 15 minutes.

Freya Björg Olafson is an intermedia artist whose praxis engages with identity and the body as informed by technology and the Internet. Olafson has presented internationally at museums, galleries, universities, performance festivals and conferences. She holds an MFA in New Media from the Transart Institute/Donau Universität (Krems, Austria) and is currently teaching Screendance at York University (Toronto).

Research contributions from: Thomas Wester (Portland); Kathy Casey, Larry Lavender Rachel Harris and Ellen Furey (Montréal); Yagiz Mungan (San Francisco)
Olafson acknowledges the generous support of the Manitoba 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 

image: Freya Björg Olafson in MÆ - Motion Aftereffect 
photo: Robbie Sweeny

The Artspace Building is wheelchair accessible by elevator, from the west side entrance at King Street and Bannatyne Avenue, and has wheelchair accessible washrooms.

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