Cycle at Import
Performances | 6-9pm, 5 December, 2015
Import Projects presents three key performances from this years Cycle Music and Art Festival Iceland.

The first edition of the festival took place in August 2015 in Kópavogur, Iceland. It is a new platform for exploring and exhibiting the meeting point of creative worlds, producing and presenting works that reach beyond the traditional boundaries of discipline, craft and process.

Simon Steen Andersen

Run Time Error is an audio-visual performance, which Simon Steen-Andersen performs himself, controlling a stereo sound track and double video projection with two joysticks. The video (and sound) for this double projection are pre-recorded in advance of each performance and shows the composer playing energetically on a large number of objects, while also recording the sound of his actions. As such Run Time Error effectively turns Simon Steen-Andersen into the protagonist of a video game-like situation, in which he is also the game player. He turns into an energetic performer that embraces the entire building in which the work was created as a musical instrument.

The performance of this recording adheres to certain dogmas:

“Only objects and instruments found at the location can be used,
Each object or instrument can only be used once, and
Each sound/action must have an immediate point of association with its neighbouring sounds/actions.”

Simon Steen-Andersen is a Danish Berlin-based composer, performer and installation artist, working in the field instrumental music, electronics, video and performance within settings ranging from symphony orchestra and chamber music (with and without multimedia) to stagings, solo performances and installations. The works from the last 6-7 years concentrate on integrating concrete elements in the music and emphasizing the physical and choreographic aspects of instrumental performance. The works often include amplified acoustic instruments in combination with sampler, video, simple everyday objects or homemade constructions. Andersen has won many prizes for his outstanding work.

CEREMONY HARMONY (evolving since 2002)
The Icelandic Love Corporation

Ceremony Harmony is an encounter of two very different and unexpected groups who meet within the public space, bringing together dual elements, which at first seem to have no common ground. The procession aims to evoke conversations about identity and the power of bringing a variation of elements together with the aim of creating harmony. ILC have been performing Ceremony Harmony since 2002 and it has been evolving since. This public performance will be the introduction to the evening. The stage will be the street infront of our space in Keithstrasse.

ILC is a group of three artists: Sigrún Hrólfsdóttir, Jóní Jónsdóttir and Eirún Sigurdardóttir. The group formed in 1996 after graduating from the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts. Since, have lived and worked in New York, Berlin and Copenhagen and currently Reykjavik. Their work has been exhibited at institutions including Kunst-Werke Berlin, Germany; the Icelandic National Museum, Iceland; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; the National Gallery, Poland; Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland; and the Amos Anderson Art Museum, Finland, amongst others.

RELAY (2015)
Kaj Duncan David

Techno-logical music for amplified electromagnetic relay and three light-bulbs. A relay is used to individually turn on and off the lights. The acoustic sound of the relay’s switches is filtered and transformed. Performed live, Relay is sound and light combined in a rhythmic, trance-inducing play of echoey clicks and dancing shadows.

Kaj Duncan David is a British/Danish composer, performer and curator exploring various intersections between instrumental, electronic, audio-visual and installatory forms. His recent work often incorporates light and/or video, sometimes involves concrete/everyday situations, and increasingly explores post-rave aesthetics and scenic or site-specific composition.

Kaj often works collaboratively, for example with Danish multi-disciplinary artist Troels Primdahl, London composer collective Bastard Assignments, and Swedish sound-artist Kajsa Magnarsson, not to mention a plethora of wonderful people associated with the Berlin-via-London Slip Imprint.

Moving Classics co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union; The City of Kópavogur; ernst von siemens music foundation; Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Iceland; Gerdarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum; Salurinn Concert Hall; Curated Place and the Icelandic Academy of the Arts.