Sequences – real time art festival celebrates its 10 year Anniversary Saturday November 19th in Reykjavík and welcomes everyone to the celebration.
The festivities begin at 12:45 in The National Gallery where Margot Norton, the newly appointed curator of the next festival, taking place in fall 2017, will give short remarks, introducing the theme of the next festival and announcing the Honorary Artist. She will also introduce David Horvitz’s piece Let Us Keep Our Own Noon that will be on view in The National Gallery until winter solstice on December 21st.
The work consists of forty-seven hand bells created through the remelting of a French church bell dating back to 1742. The work is activated by forty-seven performers who, at local noon, taking place at 13:13 on this day, collectively ring the bells and then disperse throughout the building and out onto the surrounding streets of the National Gallery. The board of Sequences invites all guests to enjoy a homemade birthday cake after the performance.
From there we move on to Mengi, performance venue on Óðinsgata 2 where Rebecca Moran shows a recent piece and an open sculpture tournament takes place and DJ Emotional (Ragnar Kjartansson) plays moods for listening and relaxation. Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir will host a show of .gif animations by various artists. The program finishes with the unveiling of DayBreak, Forever a sound installation by Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, that will be on view until next Sequences festival, fall 2017.
While this day’s program celebrates the 10 year anniversary of Sequences, it also serves as a bridge to the next festival that will be held in October 2017. The artists showing their works are, for instance, all exhibiting in the next Sequences and the curator’s involvement testifies to her commitment and interest in creating strong connections to the Icelandic art scene and artists and in exploring the cultural life of the city before and leading up to Sequences VIII. The anniversary program can thus be said to be a prelude to the ten day festival to come.
Sequences is an independent biennial, established in Reykjavík in 2006. The aim of the ten-day festival is to produce and present progressive visual art with special focus on time-based mediums, such as performance, sonic works, video and public interventions. An offspring of the dynamic art scene that thrives in Reykjavik, Sequences is the first art festival in Iceland to focus on visual art alone. New artistic directors are hired to reshape each edition of Sequences according to their vision, making it unique and different every time.
Sequences is in the hands of the Living Art Museum, Kling & Bang gallery and the Icelandic Art Center.
The National Gallery is located on Fríkirkjuvegur 7 and Mengi’s address is Óðinsgata 2, 101 Reykjavík.
In conjunction with the anniversary David Horvitz will give a lecture on his works in the lecture hall of the Iceland Academy of the Arts (Laugarnesvegur 91) on Friday November 18 at 13:00. The lecture is open for all, admission is free.