Hrafnhildur Gissurardóttir

FREE PLAY Free Play is a collaboration of artists and designers from different disciplines based on the opera La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. Instead of an orchestra, the electronic musician Sveinbjörn Thorarensen (aka Hermigervill) creates a soundscape together with soprano Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir. The performance is around 50 minutes and set and costume design, created with designer Þórunn María Jónsdóttir, forms an installation.

The title Free Play refers to the protagonist, Violetta’s famous aria Sempre Libera, or Always Free where she sings about her desire to live joyful and free of worry or commitments. The words; Free Play, can also be found in the center of the card one plays with during the regular bingo nights in Vinabær - the location of the performance.

Artistic direction: Borghildur Indriðadóttir, Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir og Hrafnhildur Gissurardóttir In collaboration with hah editions.

Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir / Borghildur Indriðadóttir / Hrafnhildur Gissurardóttir / Petra Valdimarsdóttir / Sveinbjörn Thorarensen, Hermigervill / Saga Sigurðardóttir / Þórunn María Jónsdóttir / Valgerður Árnadóttir / Ástrós Erla Benediktsdóttir

FISK is a collaborative on going project between Hrafnhildur Gissurardottir and Petra Valdimarsdóttir. It is an informal research of the different methods and traditions around the fishing industry. Through our research we aim to get to know the society we visit each time and to bring back their stories.

Cycle Music and Art Festival is a platform where experimental music and visual art are given an opportunity to engage in dialogue and experiments. The festival takes place in Kópavogur, Berlin and Hong Kong.

The visualisation of light and dark
Workshop in Seyðisfjarðarskóli organised by Skaftfell Art Centre for the Light Festival in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland.

Leading up to the annual Light Festival, Skaftfell art centre organised a workshop in the local children school, Seyðisfjarðarskóli, and got two artists, me and Laura Tack, to lead the workshop. The focal point was worked around the concept of Light and Darkness and was available for grades 1– 6 in Seyðisfjarðarskóli, for the total of 43 students. The results could be seen and experienced in an exhibition in the former bookshop at Austurvegur during the Light Festival last February.

One week at a time we worked closely with the children of each grade doing different exercises and talks to help with the gathering of ideas. We played, walked in silence, reflected, painted, sculpted, documented and inspired each other. The starting point of each workshop was to pose questions to encourage a discussion around the idea or the meaning of light and dark: What does it mean? how does it look like? How does it feel? What does it smell like? And how can we visualise it?

The 1st and 2nd grade made a poetic shadow play that was recorded and reenacted during the opening. The children told a story about one family´s journey from the forgotten creatures in the deepest, darkest part of the sea, up to the everyday life on land and eventually follows them back to darkness, to the many creatures that live in space. The 3rd grade focused on sculpture. They tried to interpertate light and dark through sculpture after investigating the sculpture and form around them. During the process they discovered that everything can be sculpture. They worked in two groups to make one installation that was represented both light and dark. The darkness was interpreted by a cave, that had hidden compartments inside of the sculpture.

The 4th  grade created and performed a theatre play. They created a jungle where man, woman and animal took the stage depending on they´re prime time, day or night. The 5th and 6th grade directed a stop motion video, where contemporary political issues were tackled, and light and dark represented through good and evil. The story starts with the main villain, Donald Trump, entering Iceland with the Norröna ferry in Seyðisfjörður. It tells the story of how he attempted to destroy Iceland by eating all of the countries inhabitants but eventually local fairies, unicorns and aliens save the day.

HAH editions opens it's first set of doors in August 2016 in Berlin, Neukölln. The program focuses on young, international contemporary artists.

Curator: Hrafnhildur Gissurardóttir
Supervisor: Borghildur Indriðadóttir

Head of Design & Publications:
Petra Valdimarsdóttir

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The exhibition aims to collaborate and strengthen the already excising cultural infrastructures found in the Czech Republic, as well as creating a platform where international artists work can meet. Using art as a medium for development, articulation and exchange of ideas. By introducing artist to a wider context, with an emphasis on transcultural exchange, art becomes a medium for development, articulation and exchange of ideas. The participating artist have the opportunity to work on location from two or more weeks prior to the opening. This will create the opportunity for potential collaboration and discussion with a multitude of artists.