1. HYPER_ intervue Radio-Canada (En Francais)

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    • Trailer for new performance HYPER_ premiering September 5-7th, 2013

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      Hyper_ With the support of núna (now), Intermedia artist Freya Björg Olafson presents the world premiere of HYPER_. This new work exploits the dimensionality of the performers body in relationship to the immersive screen, moving seamlessly between 3D and 2D representations of corporeality. HYPER_ inherently becomes a site for expanded choreography where bodies and disembodied technology mix. The performers physique is dissected and transformed, disappearing and merging with the stage and screen. Animated by a series of transformations, layered and colorful, the body becomes a dreamscape. HYPER_ deploys an intriguing combination of Lo and Hi technology to create stunning illusions and features lighting design by Hugh Conacher. Olafson states ‘Our era of ceaseless copying and remixing is an omen for our cultural crisis of authenticity’. In her work we see that we have arrived at the age of doubt and are no longer sure about anything, including the authenticity of our own experience. Consequently ‘I doubt therefore I am’ has become the inescapable narrative of our time. As a result the distinction between the real and the fake has become increasingly obliterated. Freya’s work has evolved from a focus on the mantra ‘I post therefore I am’ in AVATAR, to her concern in HYPER_ with perpetual cultural uncertainty & questioning ‘I doubt, therefore I am’ - ‘Dubito, ergo sum’. Olafson’s most recent award winning work AVATAR achieved international success, touring across seven provinces, four states, three cities in Ecuador, as well as various showings across six countries in Europe. Her work has been recognized for its innovation, interdisciplinarity, evocative imagery, dark humour and was called “Incontournable (Not to be missed)” by Le Devoir in Montréal - Don’t’ miss it, book your tickets! September 5 - September 7, 2013 - Nightly 8pm ASPER CENTRE FOR THEATRE AND FILM at The University of Winnipeg 400 Colony Street @ Ellice Winnipeg, Manitoba Tickets $20 Adults | 15$ Students & Seniors Tickets available online as of August 1st, 2013 Box office info@nunanow.com www.freyaolafson.com The development of this performance is generously supported by The Canada Council for The Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, The Winnipeg Arts Council & Video Pool Media Arts Center music in this trailer: Davíð Þór Jónsson http://www.davidthorjonsson.com/ www.nunanow.com

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      • Interview about AVATAR in Iceland

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        Interview about AVATAR in Iceland at the Reykjavik Art Museum as part of Sequences Real Time Media Art Festival April 2011 and the nuna (now) festival

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        • 2B

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          2 B Audio, video, performance: Freya Bjorg Olafson Duration: 3:45 mins format available: Beta, Mini DV, DVD (NTSC or PAL) Completed February 2011 2 B is part of my AVATAR series exploring methods of creating, validating and disseminating one’s identity through the use of technology and the Internet. The series is inspired by the mantra “I post therefore I am”, whereby Internet users legitimize their existence by documenting their lives and uploading this media to personal webpages and blogs. The work in this series facilitates an inquiry into our desire to share and publicize our lives. 2 B was created using a screen capture of free customizable online games. The work questions virtual presence. The AVATAR series began at Studio 303 (Montreal) during a workshop lead by 2boys.tv (video/performance duo, Montreal) in May 2008. Since then the series benefited from significant time at PAF~Performing Arts Forum (St.Erme-Outre-et-Ramecourt, France), SIM – The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (Reykjavik, Iceland) and at The Barn with Tedd Robinson of 10 Gates Dancing Inc (Ontario). The development of this series is generously supported by the Canada Council for The Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, The Winnipeg Arts Council and Video Pool Media Arts Center. To date excerpts of this body of work have been exhibited / performed at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Center (Toronto), Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), Studio 303 (Montreal), PAF ~ Performing Arts Forum (France) and Kling&Bang Galleri (Iceland).

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          • Brief Encounters & Sustained Encounters online

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            Brief Encounters & Sustained Engagement Audio, video, performance: Freya Bjorg Olafson Duration: 10:00 mins format available: Beta, Mini DV, DVD (NTSC or PAL) Completed January 2012 Brief Encounters & Sustained Engagement is part of my AVATAR series exploring methods of creating, validating and disseminating one’s identity through the use of technology and the Internet. The series is inspired by the mantra “I post therefore I am”, whereby Internet users legitimize their existence by documenting their lives and uploading this media to personal webpages and blogs. The work in this series facilitates an inquiry into our desire to share and publicize our lives. “Using a palette of gestures gleaned from online fetish videos, media artist/dancer Freya Olafson addresses the dual nature of sexual performance — both alluring and repellent. The seductive quality of Olafson’s stroking, gyrating and posing is undone by her use of a distorting fish-eye lens of her web cam. A necessary supplement to her performance are the live reactions of a Chat Roulette audience, which doesn’t seem to understand that her performance mimics not genuine seduction but the dried-out ritual that unfolds in strip clubs and the like on a nightly basis.” Sandee Moore (Uptown Magazine) Excerpts of online performance, based of my other video A/S/L (age/sex/location), http://vimeo.com/3957783. Video #1 for the EXHIBITION space This video is an archive of performances I did on Chatroulette entitled “Brief Interactions and Sustained Engagement” Duration of video: 20 minutes (plays in a loop, full screen on the computer) Audio | video | performance: Freya Bjorg Olafson The video plays on a (ideally) a laptop computer that is placed under Plexiglas box on the top of a plinth, like a relic or archaeological object to be preserved. Originally, Presented at Platform Center for Photographic and Digital Arts as part of a group show with Michael Dudeck and Leah Decter. The exhibition entitled Ritualiz'd was curated by J.J. Kegan McFadden.

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            • SUMMERWORKS AVATAR PROMO!

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              AVATAR Video, audio and performance: Freya Bjorg Olafson Lighting Design: Hugh Conacher Costume: Norma Lachance Canadian Premiere October 15 ~ 18th, 2009 co-presentation between Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers, nuna (now) and Freya Olafson The AVATAR series explores methods of creating, validating and disseminating one’s identity through the use of technology and the Internet. The work is inspired by the mantra “I post therefore I am”, whereby Internet users legitimize their existence by documenting their lives and uploading this media to personal webpages and blogs. Through AVATAR I am facilitating an inquiry into our desire to share and publicize our lives. This series in progress has manifested in 11″x14″ paintings / drawings, a performance, installation, videos and a collaboration with new media artist Pierre Andrieux. In Fall 2009 Winnipeg will be host to the premiere of a solo performance as part of the AVATAR series investigating the themes of virtuality, identity and technology. To date excerpts of this developing body of work have been performed at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Center (Toronto), Studio 303 (Montreal), PAF ~ Performing Arts Forum (France) and Kling&Bang Galleri (Iceland).

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              • Land ~ part of the New Icelander series

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                NEW ICELANDER video work Video / Audio / Performance: Freya Bjorg Olafson In my New Icelander series I draw parallels between the cross-cultural experiences of my 19th century ancestors and my own present-day identity. In the creation of this work I referenced the Icelandic River Saga, written by Manitoba genealogist Nelson Gerrard, chronicling the history of the settlement of New Iceland, north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. In the New Icelander series I manipulate both the visual images and stories within this “saga”; thereby interpreting history, figuratively resurrect my ancestors and in the process discovering and creating my own mythology. 1 ~ Land * 4 minutes, 2007 *** notes on Land: My ancestor’s settled on a homestead called Nes along the Icelandic River in Manitoba. This land was an unmarked graveyard for approximately 80 Icelander’s who died of smallpox within the first years of settlement: 1875-76. Upon visiting this site for the first time this summer 2006, I was surprised to have direct encounters with unearthed graves and bones that were gradually being dragged to the basin of the river. The imagery in Land is as a result of this serendipitous connection with history resurfacing.

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                • AVATAR (summary video)

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                  For Presenters and Promoters. * not for promotional use. AVATAR Video, audio and performance: Freya Bjorg Olafson Lighting Design: Hugh Conacher Duration: 60 minutes AVATAR explores methods of creating, validating and disseminating one’s identity through the use of technology and the Internet. The work is inspired by the mantra “I post therefore I am”, whereby Internet power users legitimize their existence by documenting their lives and uploading this media to personal webpages and blogs. AVATAR facilitates an inquiry into what encourages us to share and publicize our lives. Nothing is hidden as the work develops, Freya moves intimately through software, opening and closing files on her personal computer and interacting with the built-in camera. The performance inherently becomes a duet with technology as in AVATAR Freya makes use of live video feeds and projections to magnify, manipulate and effectively broadcast persona and image. Since it’s premiere in 2009 as part of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers season, AVATAR has toured to North Carolina, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, North Dakota, Iceland as well as Quito, Manta and Guayaquil in Ecuador. Recently AVATAR received the “Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation” at the 2010 Summerworks Theatre Festival in Toronto. In 2012-2013, AVATAR looks forward to presentation in 4 cities in Atlantic Canada as well as Calgary, Alberta as part of the High Performance Rodeo. History and Funders: The AVATAR series began at Studio 303 (Montreal) during a workshop lead by 2boys.tv (video/performance duo, Montreal) in May 2008. Since then the series benefited from significant time at PAF~Performing Arts Forum (St.Erme-Outre-et-Ramecourt, France), SIM – The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (Reykjavik, Iceland) and at The Barn with Tedd Robinson of 10 Gates Dancing Inc (Ontario). The work was developed with funding from the Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts and Video Pool Media Arts Center. Brief Biography: Freya Björg Olafson is an interdisciplinary artist who works with video, audio, painting and performance. Her creations have been presented and exhibited nationally as well as internationally at festivals and galleries such as the South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art (North-Carolina), the Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Center (Toronto), Dance: made in canada biennial (Toronto), Winnipeg Art Gallery, Núna (now) Festival (Winnipeg, Toronto, Iceland), OchoYmedio / Alas de la Danza (Quito, Guayaquil, Manta / Ecuador), O.K. Centrum (Linz, Austria), Kling&Bang Galleri (Reykjavik,Iceland), MONA- Museum of New Art ( Detroit) and Tangente Laboratoires Des Movements Contemporains (Montreal).

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                  • Excerpts of CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome)

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                    EXCERPTS of CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome) Audio/video/performance: Freya Olafson full work duration: 5minutes Available on: Beta, mini DV, DVD Distributed by: Video Pool Media Arts Center 2010 Video that views on its own running on a laptop computer. It is also a part of my solo performance called AVATAR, I perform alongside the video.

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