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threshold

part of the [LIMINAL] series    5m 29  

 

 

 

Video | performance: Freya Björg Olafson

Video 5m29s

 

 

Premiered as part of the exhibition:

 

“Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy,

Media & The Arts”

 

Plug In ICA |   March 2014 | Winnipeg

Bauhaus Archiv | October 2015 | Berlin, Germany

Interview during www.wndx.org 2016, featuring clips from 'Threshold'

Contact Freya for the password to view the work online

 

"Contemporary dancer and performance artist Freya Olafson bridges technological and historical divides with characteristic oddness in Threshold, an otherworldly webcam performance shot with Photo Booth’s “X-ray” filter in front of the original Light Prop. Between the video’s low resolution and aggressive processing, Olafson is reduced to an undulating spectre of light and shadow shuddering in concert with Moholy-Nagy’s sculpture." 

-  Steven Leyden Cochrane

Winnipeg Free Press

 

Recorded at the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum fuer Gestaltung in Berlin with László Moholy-Nagy's 'Light Prop for an Electric Stage'

 

In Threshold I kinaesthetically engage and respond to the subtle yet repetitive movements of László Moholy-Nagy’s “Light Prop for an Electric Stage.” Restricted to a small storage room at the Bauhaus-Archiv, where I had solitary time with the Light Prop, I utilized the limitation as a framework. I allowed the movement and sound of the “Light Prop” to determine my improvisation and experimentation with movement, on site and on camera. Moholy-Nagy was committed to instating humanity in control of the machine rather than the reverse. In Threshold my locus of control vacillates between the machine leading and/or my body initiating, thereby working to cultivate a kinaesthetic reciprocity as the central dynamic fueling the work. The parameters of my works extend and explore Moholy-Nagy’s conception of expanded cinema through what he termed the “Poly-Cinema;” inclusive of the use of various technologies and video projection techniques, including chromadepth 3-D glasses. Part of a larger practice concerned with the inter-relationship of art and technology, my works HYPER_ , [LIMINAL] and Threshold resituate Moholy-Nagy’s concerns and predilections within the language and hardware of the 21st century.

 

 

'Threshold' is part of a new body of work entitled [LIMINAL], created with the support of The Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council & Canada Council for the Arts

 

Exhibited as part of:

plugin.org/exhibitions/2014/sensing-future-moholy-nagy-media-and-arts

Read about the work here: http://plug-in-ica.tumblr.com/post/84145038790/threshold-2014-freya-bj%C3%B6rg-olafson-video

 

 

The development of the [LIMINAL} series is generously supported by:

The Canada Council for The Arts,

Manitoba Arts Council,

The Winnipeg Arts Council

& Video Pool Media Arts Center

 

The [LIMINAL] series received production and residency supports from:

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

Plug In ICA 'Summer Institute (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

SIM - Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (Reykjavík, Iceland)

 

Recorded at the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum fuer Gestaltung in Berlin with László Moholy-Nagy's 'Light Prop for an Electric Stage'. Thank you to Klaus Weber, Oliver Botar, and Annemarie Jaeggi.

 

 

Exhibition / Screening History:

2016 VIDEOMEDJA - Novi Sad, Serbia

 

2016 WNDX - Festival of Moving Images - Winnipeg, Mb

2016 DAÏMON - 30 ans Daïmôn : Lancement de "Présences" + VFP - Gatineau, Qc

2016 Groupe Intervention Vidéo - VFP - Vidéos Femmes Dans La Parc - Montréal, Qc

2014  Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art - ‘Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media & The Arts” curated by Dr. Oliver Botar - Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

2014   Bauhaus Archiv - ‘ Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media & The Arts” curated by Dr. Oliver Botar - Berlin, Germany

 

Distributed by:  VIDEO POOL MEDIA ARTS CENTER  as of April 2016, available as digital file

 

Threshold 

part of the 

[LIMINAL] Series

 

Video | performance: Freya Björg Olafson

Video 5m29s

 

In Threshold I kinesthetically engage and respond to the subtle yet repetitive movements of László Moholy-Nagy’s ‘Light Prop for an Electric Stage’. Restricted by the spatial parameters of a small storage room at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin, where I had solitary time with the Light Prop, I utilized the imposed structure as a framework instead of a limitation. I allowed the movement and sound of the Light Prop to determine my improvisation and experimentation with movement, on site and on camera. As if anticipating media theorist Friedrich Kittler’s dictum that “it is we who adapt to the machine. The machine does not adapt to us,” Moholy-Nagy was committed to instating humanity in control of the machine. In Threshold the locus of control vacillates between the Light Prop leading and / or my body initiating, thereby working to cultivate a kinesthetic reciprocity as the central dynamic fueling the work.

 

Threshold is part of my new body of work entitled [LIMINAL]. Currents from [LIMINAL] intersect with my previous series HYPER_ , which explores the limits of perception by shifting the dimensionality of my live body in relationship to the immersive screen, moving between 2D and 3D representations of corporeality. The parameters of my works extend and explore Moholy-Nagy’s conception of expanded cinema through what he termed the Poly-Cinema; inclusive of the use of various technologies and video projection techniques, including chromadepth 3-D glasses. Part of a larger practice concerned with the inter-relationship of art and technology, my works HYPER_ , [LIMINAL] and Threshold re-situate Moholy-Nagy’s concerns and predilections within the language and hardware of the 21st century. 

 

Recorded at the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum fuer Gestaltung in Berlin with László Moholy-Nagy's 'Light Prop for an Electric Stage'. Thank you to Klaus Weber, Oliver Botar, and Annemarie Jaeggi.

 

 

Exhibition History:

“Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media & The Arts”

Plug In ICA |   March 2014 | Winnipeg

Bauhaus Archiv | October 2015 | Berlin, Germany

Curated by Dr. Oliver Botar

 

Will be distributed by:  VIDEO POOL MEDIA ARTS CENTER  as of Janurary 2015

Available as digital file