Joan Jonas, Sequences VIII Honorary Artist’s debut in The Living Art Museum

Sequences VIII

Sequences opens its ten-day biennial in Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 6, 2017 and proudly presents the work of twenty-one local and international artists and honorary artist Joan Jonas in this eighth edition.

An offspring of the dynamic art scene that thrives in Reykjavík, Sequences Real Time Art Festival is an independent biennial that aims to produce and present progressive visual art with a special focus on time-based mediums such as performance, sonic works, video, and public interventions. Sequences VIII features a selection of artists and performers, many of whom engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The hub of Sequences VIII will be the newly opened Marshall House, home to the artist-run spaces The Living Art Museum and Kling & Bang. The festival will also take place in other artist-run and publicly funded locations throughout Reykjavik. A blossoming off-venue program will be presented alongside the curated program

Margot Norton, curator at the New Museum in New York, is the curator of Sequences VIII.

“Elastic Hours”

While Sequences uses the term “real time” to refer to time-based media, “Sequences VIII: Elastic Hours” considers how the term might be applied to the experience of art making, exploring how artists manipulate time as a raw material. Stretching, echoing, and inverting hours, the works included in Sequences VIII often go beyond standardized metrics such as clocks to investigate alternative systems for measuring and experiencing time. These works remind us that our daily rhythms are not solely determined by tradition and locality but also rooted in the natural forces, beyond our control.

The passage of time is acutely palpable in Iceland in particular, as with the region’s seasonal extremes in the duration of daylight hours and mercurial weather conditions. In charting the passage of time through unconventional means, the artists included bring heightened awareness and critical insights into our relationships with objects, society, and the universe around us.

Honorary artist: Joan Jonas

Since the late 1960s, Joan Jonas (b. 1936 New York. Lives and works in New York) has created groundbreaking multidisciplinary works that investigate time-based structures and the politics of spectatorship.

Her projects often simultaneously incorporate elements of theater, dance, sound, text, drawing, sculpture, and video projection. They rely on alternate identities, narrative symbols and threads, but they also refuse linearity, privileging instead the doubled and fractured tale.

A pioneer of video art, Jonas began using the Portapak video system in 1970 to explore the shifts that occur from the camera to the projection to the body and the space of the live action. For her recent videos, performances, and installations, Jonas has frequently collaborated with musicians and dancers and has drawn from literary sources and mythic tales in realizing her multi-layered explorations.

For Sequences, Jonas will present a solo exhibition at The Living Art Museum, which will include a selection of works from throughout her career—from her early videos Wind (1968) and Song Delay (1973) to stream or river or flight or pattern (2016/2017), a project that she conceived on recent travels to Venice, Singapore, Nova Scotia, and Vietnam.

She will also present a performance at Tjarnarbíó on Sunday, October 8, featuring a new collaboration with Icelandic composer and musician María Huld Markan.

Image: Joan Jonas, Song Delay, 1973, film still. © 2017 Joan Jonas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Living Art Museum, Kling & Bang and the Icelandic Art Center are responsible for Sequences and this eighth edition is organized by a team including curator Margot Norton, producer Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir and the board of Sequences.

Sequences is made possible with support from Iceland Visual Arts Fund, City of Reykjavík, Promote Iceland, Iceland Naturally and the all-embracing and invigorating collaborative effort of artists.


– Helena Aðalsteinsdóttir (b. 1990 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Amsterdam)

– Birgir Andrésson (b. 1955 Westman Islands, Iceland. d. 2007 Reykjavík)

– Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir (b. 1980 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Rvk)

– Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir (b. 1990 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Amsterdam)

– Elín Hansdóttir (b. 1980 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

– David Horvitz (b. 1982 Los Angeles. Lives and works in Los Angeles) with Jófríður Ákadóttir (b. 1994 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

– Anna K.E. (b. 1986, Tbilisi, Georgia. Lives and works in New York and Düsseldorf, Germany) and Florian Meisenberg (b. 1980, Berlin. Lives and works in New York and Düsseldorf, Germany)

– Alicja Kwade (b. 1979 Katowice, Poland. Lives and works in Berlin)

– Florence Lam (b. 1992, Vancouver, Canada. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

– Nancy Lupo (b. 1983 Flagstaff, Arizona. Lives and works in Los Angeles)

– Sara Magenheimer (b. 1981, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lives and works in New York)

– Rebecca Erin Moran (b. 1976 Greeley, Colorado. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

– Eduardo Navarro (b. 1979 Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina)

– Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson (b. 1971 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

– Roman Ondák (b. 1966 Žilina, Slovakia. Lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia)

– Habbý Ósk (b. 1979 Akureyri, Iceland. Lives and works in New York)

– Agnieszka Polska (b. 1985, Lublin, Poland. Lives and works in Berlin)

– Aki Sasamoto (b. 1980 Yokohama, Japan. Lives and works in New York)

– Cally Spooner (b. 1983 Ascot, England. Lives and works in London and Athens, Greece)

– Una Sigtryggsdóttir (b. 1990, Reykjavik. Lives and works in Reykjavik)