:: Reykjavík Visual Music · Punto y Raya Festival 2014 A feast of pure Colour, Motion and Sound. Non-representational Art took the lead at the first edition of Reykjavík Visual Music · Punto y Raya Festival, which ran from January 30th to February 2nd 2014 at HARPA, the Reykjavík Concert Hall, and Listasafn Reykjavíkur, the Reykjavík Art Museum (Iceland). The programme featured live performances by major artists like Ryoji Ikeda and Ryoichi Kurokawa; specially commissioned opening concerts by Bret Battey + Hugi Guðmundsson & Sigurður Guðjónsson + Anna Þorvaldsdóttir ; guest Austrian and Polish Film panoramas, and the selected works in the international live set & short-film Competitions, which brought together nearly 500 artists from 46 countries. Born from a joint effort between RCVM (Reykjavík Center for Visual Music - Iceland) and Punto y Raya (Dot&Line Festival in Spain, now in its fifth edition), the Reykjavík Visual Music · Punto y Raya Festival invited all audiences to leave preconceptions behind and give in to the overwhelming power of pure artistic expression, in what came to be the greatest event in the history of abstract live-cinema and film. Parallel activities included the Cadences of Colour and Line exhibit at Listasafn Reykjavíkur (February 1st to April 13th) and the 2014 Academy Programme, comprising workshops open to local students and general audiences, and tutored by renowned professionals in the field. The festival also collaborated with Dark Music Days for the opening concert. >> myrkir.is All info at puntoyrayafestival.com | facebook/puntoyrayafestival rcvm.is | facebook/rvmfestival
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:: ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME
Guest Live Cinema Sessions The festival opened with deluxe concerts commissioned specially by Reykjavík Center for Visual Music, in collaboration with Dark Music Days.
>> January 30th 2014 | 10.00 pm · HARPA Silfurberg Room
Bret Battey 1967 | USA
| Triptych Unfolding
Hugi Guðmundsson 1977 | Iceland
Battey creates electronic, acoustic and multimedia concert works and installations. He has been a Fulbright Fellow to India and a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and he has received recognitions and prizes from several international festivals. >> mti.dmu.ac.uk/~bbattey Guðmundsson studied composition at the Reykjavik College of Music; he got his Master degree in Composition from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and his second Master in Electronic Music from the Institute of Sonology, Netherlands. Nominated five times to the Icelandic Music Awards, he received the award in 2013. >> hugigudmundsson.com
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>> January 30th 2014 | 10.30 pm · HARPA Silfurberg Room
1975 | Iceland
1977 | Iceland
Gudjónsson makes videos where image, sound, and space form a seamless whole. He finds his ideas in his immediate environment, often in abandoned places. His body of work ranges from single and multichannel video works, sound and installations. >> sigurdurgudjonsson.net þorvaldsdóttir frequently works with large sonic structures that tend to reveal the presence of a vast variety of sustained sound materials, reflecting her sense of imaginative listening to landscapes and nature. >> annathorvalds.com
............. Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir (Iceland) | Piano Educated as a classical pianist Tinna plays all the styles of the piano repertoire, although 21st century music is her main passion. Prepared piano, electronics, toy piano and theatre pieces often show up on her programs. >> annit.com
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>> January 31st 2014 | 10.30 pm · HARPA Silfurberg Room
Ryoichi Kurokawa | syn_ Japan · Germany Award-winning Japanese artista Ryoichi Kurokawa is one of the world’s most exciting talents in the digital arts. His impressive audiovisual compositions bring visual and sonic material together using a completely revolutionary perspective. In Kurokawa’s language, a new benchmark in the world of digital art, field recording and computer-generated structures coexist in harmony, and open the gateway to an imaginary world where complexity and simplicity alternate and combine in a strange symbiosis. >> ryoichikurokawa.com
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>> February 1st 2014 | 10.30 pm · HARPA Silfurberg Room
Ryoji Ikeda | datamatics [ver. 2.0] Japan · France Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations. >> ryojiikeda.com
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RVM Live Cinema Competition 102 proposals from 30 countries were submitted to the first Reykjavík Visual Music call for entries! These are the four sets selected to participate in the festival.
>> January 31st 2014 | 6.30pm · HARPA Silfurberg #A
D-Fuse + Labmeta |Tektōn United Kindgom London-based collective exploring the wide variety of media communication. Working with transdisciplinary methods and top-of-the-art technology, they collaborated with music acts such as Scanner, Beck, Steve Reich and the Italian ensemble Alter Ego. >> dfuse.com
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>> January 31st 2014 | 7.00pm 路 HARPA Silfurberg #A
Usaginingen Live Japan 路 Germany Usaginingen create graphic design, movies, music and live performances. The team invented their own machines seeking to delight and suprise the audience: the TA-CO (for the creation of visuals) and the SHIBAKI (for creating sound). Both are prototypes, unique in the world. >> usaginingen.com This session won the JURY AWARD.
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>> February 1st 2014 | 6.30 pm 路 HARPA Silfurberg #A
Max Hattler + VesperOn | Hattlerizer 2.0 Germany 路 United Kingdom + Spain Max Hattler is a London-based moving image artist educated at Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art. Animator and director, he also performs live visuals, and has collaborated with music acts like Basement Jaxx, Julien Mier, Jovanotti, Pixelord, The Egg, and Jemapur. >> maxhattler.com
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>> February 1st 2014 | 7.00 pm · HARPA Silfurberg #A
Robin Kobrynski | Combustion 1976 | Grenoble · France Robin Kobrynski aka Rko’s work focuses on performance and immersive audiovisual formats. Rko is also a graphic designer and filmmaker. In 2005 he created the V-Atak label, devoted to the release/publication of audio and video works. >> v-atak.com/artists/rko-whois
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JURY Bret Battey 1967 | Seattle·WA, USA Creates electronic, acoustic and multimedia concert works and installations. He has been a Fulbright Fellow to India and a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and he has received recognitions and prizes from Austria's Prix Ars Electronica, France's Bourges Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique, Spain's Punto y Raya Festival, Abstracta Cinema of Rome, and Amsterdam Film eXperience for his sound and image compositions. He is a Senior Lecturer with the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University, UK. Based in Leicester, UK. www.bathatmedia.com
Kristin Björk_Kira Kira 1977 | Reykjavík · Iceland Kira Kira is Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, a composer and audio/visual prankster from Iceland. As a founding member of Kitchen Motors, a mischievous label and collective based on experiments in electronic music and arts, she continually breaks boundaries between forms and genres through a repertoire that includes compositions for theatre, film, dance and art installations – as well as playful multi-disciplinary productions that exceed her work as merely a composer. Kira Kira sprang from this collective in 1999 and to this day works with Kitchen Motors’ ethos at heart -a spirit of playfulness, exploring the relationship between experimental music and visual arts, collaborating with various artists. She has released 3 albums. Based in Mosfellsbaer, Iceland. www.kirakira.is
Iceland Þóranna Björnsdóttir's passion for music developed early. She graduated school as a classical pianist and immediately turned her attention to the field of contemporary art. Graduated from the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art in Den Haag, she has worked independently as a video and performance artist in what might be termed the "electroacoustic field", but which is really a result of her own subconscious relationship to sounds she hears every day. Based in Reykjavík, Iceland. https://soundcloud.com/aka-trouble
Friðrik Steinn Kristjánsson Iceland Entrepreneur, marketing director and amateur musician, his passion for Visual Music turned him into some kind of a patron in the genre, creating the Reykjavík Visual Music Festival, the first Visual Music event in the world devoted to abstract live cinema. Based in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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Oscar Test贸n Spain Filmmaker, creator of visual settings, mapping artist. Creator and CEO of VjSpain, the greatest online network for visualists and mapping artists in the Spanish Speaking World. Based in Madrid, Spain. www.oscarteston.com
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2014 Punto y Raya Short Film Competition No representation! Only Dots & Lines as ends in themselves. Can you take it? 371 films from 46 countries in 5 continents were submitted to the fifth call for entries of the “most abstract festival in the world”. The 96 selected films were screened in FULL HD, structured in seven 52’ modules. Q&A sessions with the artists in attendance were held after each screening.
>> January 31st 2014 | 1.30pm · HARPA Silfurberg #B Q&A session with Ryan Olivier, Aurora Gasull, Nagore Etxabe & Bret Battey.
1. Tunnel INE VAN DEN ELSEN & MARK VAN GENNIP 3'34'' · video comp. · colour · 2010 · Amsterdam, Netherlands 2. Gestalt THORSTEN FLEISCH 5'20'' · cgi · b&w · 2008 · Bonn, Germany 3. Interior SABRINA SCHMID 1'00'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · UK 4. Colorful Movements RYAN OLIVIER 7'23'' · cgi · colour · 2011 · Philadelphia·PA, USA 5. Synchrony – Opus 76 ZSOLT GYENES 1'00'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · Pécs, Hungary 6. L'espera | The Wait AURORA GASULL ALTISENT 3'30'' · cgi · colour · 2009 · Barcelona, Spain 7. Flayed/Flock | Flayed/Flock BILL HSU 1'53'' · cgi · b&w · 2013 · San Francisco·CA, USA 8. Galerna | Storm NAGORE ETXABE 2'30'' · video comp. · drawing · colour · 2013 · Zumaia·Gipuzkoa, Spain 9. Rockova ALEKSANDRA ŚNIEŻEK 2'43'' · stop·motion · b&w · 2012 · Wroclaw, Poland 10. So Far, So Close PAUL RABE 5'09'' · video comp. · stop·motion · drawing · colour · 2013 · Milwaukee·WI, USA 11. Sinsis CARMEN LLORET 2'24'' · drawing · colour · 2011 · Valencia, Spain 12. Zasmazany Film | Fried Film PEDRO FERREIRA 5'30'' · scratch · colour · 2013 · Wroclaw, Poland , Portugal 13. Clonal Colonies (1st Mov.: Fast Runners) BRET BATTEY HONORABLE MENTION 6'56'' · cgi · colour · 2011 · Leicester, UK
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>> January 31st 2014 | 3.00pm · HARPA Silfurberg #B Q&A session with Ian Helliwell, Terry Trickett, Matt Abbiss & Paul Rabe.
1. Triveni KATHRYN MARSHALL 2'56 · scratch · drawing · colour · 2011 · New York·NY, USA 2. Scintilla 21 WIKTOR PODGORSKI 4'08'' · cgi · colour · 2011 · Warsaw, Poland 3. At the Glitterball IAN HELLIWELL 3'20'' · video comp. · colour · 2011 · Brighton, UK 4. Primary Expansion JOHAN RIJPMA 1'00'' · video comp. · colour · 2012 · Utrecht, Netherlands 5. Neuronal Synchrony JONO BRANDEL 5'27'' · cgi · scratch · colour · 2013 · San Francisco·CA, USA 6. Undo_Redo ROMEO D'ORAZIO 2'40'' · cgi · b&w · 2013 · Barcelona, Spain 7. Brainstorm MICHELLE FLORENCIA DE LA CAMPA 1'45'' · cgi · video comp. · stop·motion · colour · 2013 · México DF, Mexico 8. Cavalcade TERRY TRICKETT 3'27'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · London, UK 9. Black and White Film Painting Two BENJAMIN ROWLEY 3'10'' · scratch · camera·less · b&w · 2013 · Canterbury, UK 10. Forming MATT ABBISS 01'34'' · drawing · b&w · 2013 · London , UK 11. Loose Concrete MAURA MCDONNELL 4'29'' · cgi · video comp. · colour · 2013 · Dublin-Carlow, Ireland 12. Videodelightwork one CLEMENTE CALVO MUÑOZ 2'54'' · cgi · colour · 2012 · Zaragoza, Spain 13. Coffee/Take-out PAUL RABE 3'27'' · video comp. · stop·motion · drawing · colour · 2013 · Milwaukee·WI, USA 14. Non ci sono compromessi | No compromise ADALBERTO SESSA 4'13'' · cgi · colour · 2012 · Giussano MB, Italy 15. Forest and Trees KEITA ONISHI 3'12 · cgi · b&w · 2011-2012 · Kamakura·Kanagawa, Japan
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>> January 31st 2014 | 4.30pm · HARPA Silfurberg #B Q&A session with Aurora Gasull, Tim Wright, Inga Krikciukaite, Bonnie Mitchell, Marcin Giżycki, John Osborne & Paul Fletcher.
1. Division JOHAN RIJPMA 1'16'' · video comp. · stop·motion · colour · 2012 · Utrecht, Netherlands 2. Sonades de la calor del foc | The Fire Heat Sonatas AURORA GASULL ALTISENT 4'26'' · cgi · colour · 2010 · Barcelona, Spain 3. 壹壹玖肆狄 | 1194D RAVEN KWOK SECOND PRIZE 4'24'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · Troy·NY, USA 4. Ilargi eta eguzki printzak | Moon and sun shafts ZALOA IPIÑA BIDAURRAZAGA 2'06'' · stop·motion · colour · 2013 · Bilbao-Bizkaia, Spain 5. Grid07 DAN BROWNE 4'39'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · Toronto·ON, Canada 6. Early Abstraction. Coffee with milk DMYTRO BONDARCHUK 5'45'' · video comp. · colour · 2013 · Kyiv, Ukraine 7. 8 Switches (3/6) TIM WRIGHT 2'08'' · cgi · b&w · 2013 · York, UK 8. You INGA KRIKCIUKAITE 2'37'' · video comp. · colour · 2013 · Cardiff, UK 9. Sweeping Memories BONNIE MITCHELL & ELAINIE LILLIOS 3'27'' · cgi · colour · 2012 · Bowling Green·OH, USA 10. FFF1 MARCIN GIŻYCKI 4'07'' · cgi · camera·less · b&w · 2013 · Warszawa, Poland 11. Patternicity JOHN OSBORNE 4'58'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · Edmonton·AB, Canada 12. Prism SHUHAN TEOH 3'47'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · Providence·RI, USA 13. Grid Life PAUL FLETCHER 1'23 · cgi · colour · 2013 · Lockwood-Victoria, Australia 14. Crossing Victoria STEVEN WOLOSHEN 4'00'' · scratch · camera·less · colour · 2013 · Montréal·QC, Canada
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>> February 1st 2014 | 1.00pm · HARPA Silfurberg #B Q&A session with Max Hattler & Petronio Bendito.
1. Shift MAX HATTLER THIRD PRIZE 03'00'' · stop·motion · colour · 2012 · London, UK 2. A Day in the Shint CLINT ENNS 1'13'' · scratch · camera·less · b&w · 2013 · Toronto·OT, Canada 3. Refraction HIROMI ISHII 7'04'' · video comp. · colour · 2010 · Dueren·NRW, Germany 4. Thin Red Line PAUL O'DONOGHUE 6'09 · video comp. · colour · 2011 · Dublin, Ireland | New York, USA 5. Spherikal ION LUCIN AUDIENCE AWARD (Reykjavík) 2'37'' · cgi · b&w · 2012 · Bilbao, Spain 6. Abstraction 38 MORGAN BERINGER 3'24'' · cgi · video comp. · stop·motion · colour · 2013 · London, UK 7. La Línea | The Line PABLO NORIEGA 1'36'' · drawing · b&w · 2012 · La Plata·Buenos Aires, Argentina 8. Breathe PETRONIO BENDITO 5'53'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · Lafayette·IN, USA 9. Home XAVI BOVÉ 2'55'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · Llafranc (Girona) - Barcelona, Spain 10. Sphering APRIL KEANE 1'06'' · cgi · colour · 2012 · Dublin, Ireland 11. Sumi Dreams BETSY KOPMAR 5'45'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · Berkeley·CA, USA 12. Black Rectangle RHAYNE VERMETTE 1'30'' · camera·less · colour · 2013 · Winnipeg·MB, Canada 13. Fragment AUDE FRANÇOIS 7'31'' · video comp. · colour · 2013 · Berlin, Germany
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>> February 1st 2014 | 2.30pm · HARPA Silfurberg #B Q&A session with Dennis H. Miller & Jan Goldfuss.
1. The Flow II BOSE-COLLINS 2'12'' · video comp. · colour · 2012 · Budapest, Hungary | London, UK 2. Miracle PINK TWINS 8'00'' · cgi · colour · 2012 · Helsinki, Finland 3. Whoops! CHRIS CASADY 1'30'' · cgi · colour · 2012 · Los Angeles·CA, USA 4. Ramero JAN WALENTEK 4'52'' · cgi · camera·less · colour · 2013 · Winnenden, Germany 5. Beyond the Spheres MEGHDAD ASADI LARI 1'54'' · cgi · colour · 2012 · Rochester·NY, USA 6. Prune JEAN DETHEUX 3'07'' · cgi · video comp. · drawing · colour · 2012 · Montréal·QC, Canada 7. Si O2 BEATRIZ NAVARRO 2'48'' · stop·motion · colour · 2013 · Madrid, Spain 8. point.line.plane: three studies after Kandinsky DENNIS H. MILLER 6'22'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · Wellesley·MA, USA 9. Light Birds LAURA FOCARAZZO 3'28'' · video comp. · colour · 2010 · Buenos Aires, Argentina 10. Parnassum STEPHEN MALINOWSKI 2'40'' · cgi · colour · USA 11. White Wall MIGUEL ÁNGEL MONTOYA 5'17'' · video comp. · colour · 2013 · Bogotá, Colombia 12. Foldedolors JAN GOLDFUß 3'25'' · colour · 2012 · Köln, Germany 13. Sakamoto DAVID DANIELS 4'00'' · cgi · colour · 2012-2013 · London, UK
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>> February 2nd 2014 | 1.30pm · HARPA Silfurberg #B Q&A session with Mark Cheung, Matt Abbiss & Warren Stringer.
1. ¡! MARK CHEUNG 1'55'' · cgi · video comp. · colour · 2012 · Singapore 2. Respirar | To breathe MARÍA JOSÉ ROJAS 6'09'' · video comp. · colour · 2013 · Santiago, Chile 3. Interaction de-formes | Interaction of Forms CARLÍN DÍAZ 1'00'' · cgi · video comp. · colour · 2012 · Paris, France 4. Lines Horizontal Lines Vertical W. S. CHENG 6'30'' · cgi · colour · 2012 · Lawrence·KS, USA 5. Videodrawing#2 VUKAŠIN ŠOĆ 2'20'' · video comp. · b&w · 2012 · Novi Sad, Serbia 6. No-Input Pixels ALEXANDER DUPUIS 5'55'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · Montréal·Québec, Canada 7. Untitled008 MATT ABBISS 0'54'' · drawing · colour · 2013 · London, UK 8. Tektōn #3 - Bees and Flies D-FUSE 1'17'' · cgi · colour · 2011 · London, UK 9. EnterLeave WARREN STRINGER 5'56'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · San Francisco·CA, USA 10. Animación con luz | Light animation SALVADOR HERRERA 1'08'' · video comp. · stop·motion · colour · 2013 · Mexico DF, Mexico 11. Mandel Eyes JAVIER ROMAÑACH CABRERO 3'12'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · Madrid, Spain 12. Alef.Bet 1 | A.B 1 TSVI OREN 1'00'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · Israel 13. Energie! | Energy! THORSTEN FLEISCH 5'03'' · camera·less · b&w · 2007 · Berlin, Germany 14. Synesthesia MICHEL GAGNÉ & GHEORGHE COSTINESCU 6'00'' · cgi · drawing · colour · 2013 · USA
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>> February 2nd 2014 | 3.00pm · HARPA Silfurberg #B Q&A session with Tim Wright, Lisi Prada, Ying Tan & Max Hattler.
1. 8 Switches (1/6) TIM WRIGHT 3'25'' · cgi · b&w · 2013 · York, UK 2. Crux Film ALEXANDER STEWART & LILLI CARRÉ FIRST PRIZE 5'07'' · drawing · colour · 2013 · Chicago·IL, USA 3. Alpha 08 TAJINDER SINGH DHAMI 3'28'' · cgi · drawing · camera·less · colour · 2008 · Bristol, UK 4. Queen's Quay STEPHEN BROOMER 1'12'' · stop·motion · colour · 2012 · Toronto·ON, Canada 5. Impressions de la Mer | Impressions of the Sea ANTHONY WIGGLESWORTH 7'17'' · video comp. · drawing · b&w · 2013 · Ireland 6. Fistful of silence MARKUS FEDER 2'55'' · cgi · colour · 2012 · München, Germany 7. Dot WING YAN LILIAN FU 1'05'' · drawing · colour · 2012 · Bucks, UK 8. Praxis ALFONSO G. PELAYO 4'01'' · cgi · video comp. · colour · 2013 · León, Spain 9. Swan Song ANOUK DE CLERCQ 3'00'' · video comp. · b&w · 2013 · Brussels, Belgium 10. Block LIGA STEDA 2'23'' · stop·motion · colour · 2013 · London, UK 11. ELECTRonIC WATER LISI PRADA 3'14'' · video comp. · colour · 2013 · Madrid, Spain 12. Harmophon ARÍSTIDES JOB GARCÍA HERNÁNDEZ 5'10'' · cgi · colour · 2011 · Berlin, Germany 13. Haiku.7 YING TAN 1'20'' · cgi · colour · 2013 · Eugene, USA 14. X MAX HATTLER 6'15'' · cgi · drawing · colour · 2012 · London, UK
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AWARDED SHORT FILMS FIRST PRIZE
Crux Film Alexander Stewart & Lilli Carré 5'07'' · drawing · colour 2013 | Chicago·IL, USA
壹壹玖肆狄 | 1194d Raven Kwok 4'24'' · cgi · colour 2013 | Troy·NY, USA
Shift Max Hattler 03'00'' · stop·motion · colour 2012 | London, UK
AUDIENCE AWARD (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Clonal Colonies (1st Movement: Fast Runners) Bret Battey 6'56'' · cgi · colour 2011 | Leicester, UK
Spherikal Ion Lucin 2'37'' · cgi · b&w 2012 | Bilbao, Spain
JURY Laura Ginès
1975 | Girona · Spain Illustrator, filmmaker and co-founder of Laboratorium, a micro-factory which combines filmmaking and handmade publications with illustration and graphic design commissions for the press and TV. Their specialty is experimenting with perpetual movement and variations on the Lumière brothers’ machine; including silent phantasmagorias with automatons and melancholic representations of mourning, triumph, monsters, miracles and mystical ecstasy, as well as their observations -sometimes unfinished- on things that turn towards the sun and people with blond curly hair with a tendency towards boldness. laboratorium.cat
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1982 | Poland After getting her BA in Romanic Philology at the Językow Obcych School, Ania studied Visual Arts at the Lumière Lyon 2 University in France, where she received her Master’s degree. She currently works in Poznań as a program coordinator for International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR. She curated screenings for various festivals including NO WOMEN NO ART (Poznań), Le Grand Salon de la Microédition (Lyon) and KinoPOSLKA (Berlin). She also acted as a juror for festivals like KolorOFFon and ZOOM.
1974 | Terrassa · Spain Juanjo is a creator, who conscientiously searches for the right channels for his contents; accurate vehicles for the discourse impregnating his work; if we take a quick look at his career, we can appreciate the strength of the formal aspect in formats such as video, which might mislead us to the point of stating that Juanjo is a formal artist. The “how” is important to him, but the “what” is crucial. This misconception may arise from his constant formal experimentation. He creates works in various formats, such as video, real-time visuals, interactive installations and mobile applications. www.gnomalab.es
Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir
Iceland Independent writer and researcher at The Reykjavik Academy in Iceland. She holds a PhD in art theory and aesthetics from the University of Paris 1 SorbonnePantheon in France. She has taught Media Art Histories at the Iceland Academy of the Arts (2002-2011) and history of Modern and Contemporary Art in France at the University of Iceland (2005-2009) were she’s also taught courses in translation. She’s worked as an art critic for Icelandic National Broadcasting Services and as a journalist, freelance writer, lecturer and editor since 1987. She also co-curated Perspectives: on the convergences of art and philosophy at the Reykjavik Art Museum (2011). She was the curator of the exhibition Icelandic video from 1975-1990 (2013) which is based on her research. Margrét is a co-founder of Lorna, Association for Electronics Arts (2002), and Lorna Lab, a cross-disciplinary platform of art, science and technology (2010). Based in Reykjavík, Iceland.
Thomas Renoldner 1960 | Linz · Austria From 1979 to 1983, Thomas studies Educational Theory and Psychology, followed by further studies at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, obtaining his diploma with Rhythm 94 in 1994. Since 1976, he's been working on experimental film, music and painting, and since 1988, he also started working on film animation. He is the co-curator of the “Animation Avantgarde” programmes at the Vienna Independent Shorts Filmfestival since 2009. He is the artistic director of the One day Animation Festival in Vienna since 2005, and has devised numerous Austrian programmes for international festivals such as: Hiroshima, Zagreb, Cinanima, Anifest (CZ) and Balkanima, among others. He has participated in the selection committees and juries at many international animation film festivals. International Board Member of ASIFA. His avatar is a drawing made by Adrienn Kiss. Based in Austria. www.thomasrenoldner.at Reykjavík Visual Music · Punto y Raya Festival 2014 | 20
:: STATUETTES CREATED by Ingibj枚rg Jonsd贸ttir www.ingibjorg.info One of the purposes of Visual Music is to connect people, places and ideas to create a sort of turbulence, which will inspire and give birth to something new. The award symbolizes a well placed inside the collective unconscious, and the taps represent the flow of new thoughts and ideas. Reykjav铆k Visual Music 路 Punto y Raya Festival 2014 | 21
Guest Short-Film Sessions
>> February 1st 2014 | 4.30pm HARPA Silfurberg #B Curated and introduced by Ania Głowińska, programme coordinator of the ANIMATOR International Animated Film Festival in Poznań. This Calling Once Again for Pure Film section recuperates Józef Robakowski’s Manifesto for Pure Film, discussing the perception and evolution of Polish abstract cinema through time. Not only does it seek to show examples of the Polish animation tradition, but also to observe the evolution of the genre and to reflect upon the perception of abstract cinema. The films were screened in FULL HD, and we held a Q&A session with Ania and featured artist Olga Wroniewicz to conclude.
1. Test JÓZEF ROBAKOWSKI 5'12'' · camera·less · b&w · 1971 | Poland 2. Prostokąt dynamicznyde | Dynamic Rectangle JÓZEF ROBAKOWSKI 2'23'' · camera·less · colour · 1971 · Poland 3. Kropki i kreski | Dots & Lines WŁADYSŁAW NEHREBECKI 6'06'' · stop·motion · drawing · colour · 1967 | Bielsko-Biała, Poland 4. Demoni KAZIMIERZ URBAŃSKI 10'39'' · video comp. · drawing · b&w · 1981 | Poznań, Poland 5. Uwaga światło | Attention: Light! JÓZEF ROBAKOWSKI 5'24'' · camera·less · colour · 2004 | Poland 6. 1-39-C OLGA WRONIEWICZ 6'30'' · stop·motion · drawing · colour · 2004 | Warszawa, Poland 7. Io OLGA WRONIEWICZ 9'35'' · stop·motion · drawing · colour · 2005 | Warszawa, Poland 8. Continu-discontinu PIOTR KAMLER 6'48'' · stop·motion · drawing · colour · 2010 | Poland 9. Carnalis ANNA KWIATKOWSKA-NAQVI 3'34'' · stop·motion · colour · 2012 | Poland 10. Ognisty Ptak| Firebird ANDRZEJ GOSIENIECKI 8'00'' · video comp. · drawing · colour · 2011 | Poland
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>> February 2nd 2014 | 4.30pm HARPA Silfurberg #B Curated and introduced by Thomas Renoldner, co-curator of the “Animation Avantgarde” programmes at the Vienna Independent Shorts Filmfestival, and many other screenings. Under the eloquent title Abstraction and Organic forms / structures, this section proposes an intense journey through the history of Austrian abstract cinema and its particular relation to Nature, from the stroboscopic discs of Simon von Stampfer (1832), to the quasi-pictorial expressionism of Martin Anibas (1990), the complex computer-generated imagery of LIA (2008) or the flickering abstraction of Billy Roisz (2012). The films were screened in FULL HD, and we held a Q&A session to conclude.
1. Stroboskopische Scheibe No. 4 SIMON RITTER VON STAMPFER 30'' · drawing · colour · 1832 (2013) | Austria 2. Tanzschwärme | Dancing Swarms BARNABAS HUBER 4'10'' · video comp. · colour · 2013 | Austria 3. Ikonostasis Live THOMAS STEINER 5'51'' · stop·motion · colour · 1994 | Austria 4. Stroboskopische Scheibe No. 1 SIMON RITTER VON STAMPFER 30'' · drawing · colour · 1832 (2013) | Austria 5. Bunt | Colourful THOMAS RENOLDNER 4'21'' · drawing · colour · 1992 | Austria 6. Stroboskopische Scheibe No. 2 SIMON RITTER VON STAMPFER 30'' · drawing · colour · 1832 (2013) | Austria 7. Fluchtpunkt | Vanishing Point MARTIN ANIBAS 1'31'' · scratch · drawing · camera·less · colour · 1990 | Austria 8. Spinning - Bild 14 MARTIN ANIBAS 1'51'' · drawing · colour · 1991 | Austria 9. Pique Nique MARTIN ANIBAS 5'07'' · drawing · colour · 2002 | Austria 10. Passage BÄRBEL NEUBAUER 8'02'' · scratch · drawing · camera·less · colour · 2001 | Austria 11. Construction 76 LIA 4'46'' · cgi · colour · 2008 | Austria 12. Flexible Cities DIDI BRUCKMAYR 7'00'' · cgi · colour · 2008 | Austria
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13. Ikonostasis THOMAS STEINER 2'12'' · stop·motion · colour · 1990 | Austria 14. Zounk! BILLY ROISZ 6'00'' · video comp. · colour · 2012 | Austria
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2014 Academy Programme Academy for Students Music, design, architecture and fine art students participated in the animation, realtime visuals and code programming workshops at Listasafn Reykjavíkur. The tutors were renowned international professionals in the field.
>> January 29th - 30th 2014 | 10am - 1pm
Olga Wroniewicz (Poland)
Abstract Animation exploring Icelandic Music Visualizing sound with analogue techniques Treating Icelandic music samples as sources of inspiration, or musical score for a pictorial creation, this workshop aimed to underline the tight relationship between sound and image, music and animated film. The construction of animated abstract film may be similar to a musical piece structure, allowing for the free montage and multiplied reconstruction of the fragments, and operating in a sensory dimension. The participants were invited to discover the whole process of creating an animated film, using analogue and accessible techniques, and the most elementary prime matter for the creation of their own interpretations of the proposed musical sample.
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>> January 29th - 30th 2014 | 10am - 1pm
Juanjo Fernández_Gnomalab (Spain)
Mapping and Light-Drawing on Location Live Digital Experimentation with Dots & Lines This workshop proposed an introduction to live experimentation using digital tools, trying to create “enhanced realities” by drawing in space with projected light. Participants were invited to draw on various objects and surfaces with the help of several programmes for real time video generation and manipulation, creating Site specific works without having any deep knowledge of the software, but using only some basic tricks. The goal was to show some of the most common tools for these kinds of stage works; to discover their possibilities and how to apply them without using pre-recorded material. The participants researched the location, the venue’s architecture, the room where the workshop took place; corners, ceilings or even the furniture itself were good options to create site- specific works. They didn’t focus on any particular software, since their goal was not to go deep into the tool, but to create from basic multiple resources. These are some of the programmes they worked with (in no particular order): Madlabs (madmapper), VDMX, Quartz Composer and Modul8. This workshop was open to visual artists, VJs, architects, photographers, lighting designers and the general audience. No previous experience in programming or video editing was required.
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>> January 29th 2014 | 4:00 – 8:00pm
Kike Ramírez (Spain)
Moving Dots & Lines in Processing The goal was to introduce the participants to the many possibilities that Processing offers through the animation of simple dots and lines. The participants created various applications with which they drew, moved and animated lines and dots. Ramírez showed how to monitor data from the real world through KINECT sensors to use them as parameters for the final animations. And finally, the participants created a visual instrument, which brought together the generative dot·line graphics, the interaction from the real world, and sound. This way, they were also be able to play music LIVE. The workshop proposed a previous introduction to Processing for those participants who’d never been in contact with code programming before, so that they could follow up with the rest of the course. Course Structure: 1. Introduction to Processing. Drawing dots and lines. 2. Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming. Moving dots and lines. 3. The libraries. Animating dots and lines according to Physics. 4. Interactivity. Moving dots and lines with our body. 5. Sound. Design and implementation of a visual instrument.
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>> January 29th 2014 | 4:00 – 8:00pm
Ajay Tiwari & Jignesh Khakhar (India)
Tengia: co-creating mixed-media animation An animated cadavre exquis This workshop intended to create a platform for the participants to connect, collaborate and inspire each other in the process of translation of their experiences and observations into abstract forms and movements i.e. an Abstract Animation. With the use of varied materials and techniques, they explored the ever-evolving and expanding vocabulary of Animation. Each participant created a frame(s) and passed it on to the other to build upon. A few themes were shared with the participants, and one was selected to work upon collectively. The festival's energy and essence, combined with the participants' own memories, thoughts and reflections, were explored and translated into abstract forms, colours, sounds and movements in the creative expressions of each of the participants. The intention was to explore a process of co-creation or participatory design, and see what meaning emerged from the experiment. The techniques used were hand-drawing with pen/pencil & paper or stylus & Wacom tablets, still photography, and stop-motion animation.
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>> January 30th 2014 | 4:00 – 8:00pm
Warren Stringer (USA)
Synthesizing Live Visual Music Combining Visual Music with Touch It is now possible to carry a visual music studio in your pocket. A studio that rivals the quality of the first classic films. Rendering in real time what used to months to prepare. Because it is possible to react to the visuals in real time, it is possible for you, as a performer, to immerse yourself in a feedback loop between playing and exploring. This workshop aimed to create such feedback loop. Warren demonstrated how to patch a Midi piano keyboard to a visual musical instrument and controlling parameters through tablet TouchOSC and a 3D body sensor to track head movement of a live performance of the piece EnterLeave. Participants were shown how to create their own patches and custom shaders with Pure Data, TouchOSC, and an iOS 7 app, called Pyrl, which was made available during the festival. Intended audience included: musicians, visual artists, VJs, animators, and coders.
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Open Academy Additional Masterclasses, Screenings and Presentations open to general audiences.
>> January 31st 2014 | 12:30pm · Listaháskóli Íslands
Bret Battey (USA · UK)
Visual Music in the Digital Age A historical perspective Dr. Battey provided a historical perspective on the development of visual music from the birth of Western abstract art to contemporary audiovisual practice. He also briefly discussed some of his recent work, which comprises music composition, cgi animation and realtime visual creation.
>> January 31st 2014 | 9:00pm · HARPA
Richard Tuohy (Australia)
Dot Matrix Dual 16mm screening Dot Matrix is a twin 16mm projection. Images overlap (ie are projected onto the same space). Images are of photogrammed 'dots'. Sound is also the sound of the dots as they pass the optical sound head of the 16mm projectors. Both films are 'flicker films' - ie alternate black frames with images of the dots. The two flickering images landing on the same screen generate amazing interference patterns. Sound is various 'tones', emanating from two channels. Tuohy held a Q&A session after the screening.
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>> February 1st 2014 | 10:30pm · HARPA
Marcin Giżycki (Poland)
Improvising Abstract Film Master Class on Aquamation and other hand-made techniques The Improvising Abstract Film Master Class discussed the concept of improvised animated abstract film. Historical examples as well as clips from the instructor’s own films illustrated the thesis that film can be used as an improvisational, spontaneous medium in a way similar to abstract expressionist painting. The focus was put on a technique developed by the instructor which involves painting with water on Japanese disappearing image paper (used in gimmicks like the Zen Board or the Buddha Board). The presentation of the technique, known as aquamation, was part of the Master Class. The participants also had a chance to try this method by themselves.
>> February 2nd 2014 | 12:00pm · HARPA
Ajay Tiwari & Jignesh Khakhar (India)
Animations by NID students Abstract experimentation from India The first semester for postgraduate students at NID (National Institute of Design) consists of what is termed as the ‘foundation programme’. This twelve week course consists of courses in drawing, colour, composition and form. However, the professors thought that a synthesis of these subjects was lacking. In the New Media Design programme, they decided to introduce a four week course on experimental animation with the aim of synthesizing their learning. This is a challenging course, and requires the students to let their thoughts flow unconstrained, while learning the basics of animation techniques and at the same time, exploring the idea of movement in a cinematic medium. Professor Ajay Tiwari and Dr. Jignesh Khakhar introduced us to the work carried out at NID and screened a selection of abstract films produced by some of their students. Reykjavík Visual Music · Punto y Raya Festival 2014 | 31
:: PARALLEL ACTIVITIES February 1st – April 13th 2014 Listasafn ReykjavÍkur
Cadences of Line and Color This exhibition showcased works of art in the spirit of “visual music.”, and it was structured in three parts: a historical background established through its main pioneers; the Trajectories installation, and a section curated by Hafþór Yngvason, Yean Fee Quay & Jón Proppé. Opening: Saturday, February 1st at 8.00 pm >> artmuseum.is
Island!a360 Excursions Guest artists and audience members had the opportunity to visit the main locations in the island, without missing a single festival activity. Thursday, January 30th 11.00 am - Golden Circle Friday, January 31st 9.00 am - Blue Lagoon Saturday, February 1st 12 am - Northern Lights >> islandia360.com
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HARPA · Reykjavík Concert Hall Austurbakki 2 · 101 Reykjavík · Iceland >> harpa.is
Harpa opened its doors in May 2011 and is home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera. Silfurberg # A: With a capacity of 600 people, this portion of the Silfurberg Room hosted the live sets in the competition. Silfurberg # B: 200 seats. Here, we hosted the Short·Film Screenings. Silfurberg Hall: With a capacity of 100 people, this dynamic space was our meeting point.
Founded in 1973, the Reykjavík Art Museum is the largest visual art institution in Iceland. Hafnarhus, its experimentation and research centre, is located only 300m away from HARPA.
LISTASAFN REYKJAVÍKUR Reykjavík Art Museum
The museum hosted the Cadences of Line and Color exhibit, and the workshops in the 2014 Academy Programme.
Tryggvagötu 17 · 101 Reykjavík · Iceland >> artmuseum.is
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Radio Catalunya Ràdio Coverage Presenter Albert Torrens was invited by Myrkir Music Dagar to cover the events at HARPA. He reported live and as a guest speaker for other shows from Iceland. Listen to the final review + interviews to the organisers and Catalan guest artists at PyR (in Catalan). https://soundcloud.com/punto-y-raya-festival/rvmpyr14-review-final More exclusive interviews and appearances at Siglo 21 with Tomás Fernando Flores (RNE 3, Spain), Harmageddon X977 and Víðsjá (Vísir Radio, Iceland) >> https://soundcloud.com/punto-yraya-festival/rvm-pyr14-fest-reviewinw-s-gu >> https://soundcloud.com/punto-yraya-festival/rvm-pyr14-entrevista-aana
Graphic Press A sample of the articles posted on the Icelandic newspapers and main magazines
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:: ORGANISERS Punto y Raya & Reykjavík Center for Visual Music have partnered to produce the greatest event devoted to abstract visual music and film in the history of the genre.
MAD [Moviment d’Alliberament Digital] Non-profit association devoted to cultural engineering through the development of projects involving Art, Science and Technology. Creators and organisers of Punto y Raya, the “most abstract festival in the World”, with four editions under its belt: La Casa Encendida (Madrid, 2007), Arts Santa Mònica (Barcelona, 2009), Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid, 2011), and the JUNIOR edition at the CCCB (Barcelona 2012) MAD are Ana Santos and Nöel Palazzo >> puntoyrayafestival.com | facebook/puntoyrayafestival
RCVM [Reykjavík Center for Visual Music] Founded in the fall of 2012 by Friðrik Steinn Kristjánsson. Its mission is to foster the development of Visual Music in Iceland. The center is funded by the Silfurberg Art Fund. >> rcvm.is | facebook/rvmfestival
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