October 11, 2016 - Cycle Music and Art Festival - Cycle Music and Art Festival
October 11, 2016

Cycle Music and Art Festival

Rachel de Joode, Surface Costumes, 2016. Production image. Courtesy of the artist.

Cycle Music and Art Festival
October 27–30, 2016

Opening: October 27, 6pm

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Now in its second year, Cycle Music and Art Festival acts as a platform for contemporary music and visual arts and the intersection between both fields. The title of this year’s performance programme and exhibition, That Time, takes its cue from Samuel Beckett’s eponymous play, parroting the protagonist C: “Never the same after that never quite the same but that was nothing new.”

Contemporary music and visual art are probed as practices of duration and anticipation, delving into self-fulfilling prophecies and hyperstitions, new beginnings and endless ends. The festival repeats the unrepeatable: the second edition of Cycle Music and Art Festival is as much a revenant of the past as it is a rehearsal for what is to come. Coinciding with Iceland’s early elections sparked by the so-called Panama Papers, Cycle haphazardly chaperones its participants and visitors into visions of near and distant constitutions. “I was the future once,” said David Cameron as he resigned. “We bring to you the mathematics of an alter-destiny,” promises Sun Ra.

During the festival and exhibition, Icelandic and international artists and musicians are invited to explore questions of deep time and peak futures, borrowing practices and habits from each other’s disciplines. With a rich programme of performances and concerts and an exhibition at Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum and other venues in Kópavogur, Iceland's second largest municipality just south of Reykjavik, Cycle initiates collaborations and experimentation, and forges interdisciplinary productions. The exhibition will run from October 27 to December 18, 2016.

That Time is curated by Eva Wilson. The artistic directors of Cycle Music and Art Festival are Gudný Gudmundsdóttir and Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir.

Organised by Eva Wilson and Gudny Gudmundsdóttir, the four-day programme (October 27–30) includes performances by Asamisimasa, Hallvarður Ásgeirsson, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Carolyn Chen, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Úlfur Hansson, Kolbeinn Hugi, Rachel de Joode, David Levine, Pinquins, Johannes Paul Raether, Elena Rykova, Martina Seitl & Christer Lundahl, Laufey Sigurðardóttir, the South Icelandic Chamber Choir, Jobina Tinnemans, Curver Thoroddsen, Guðrún Þorsteinsdóttir, Berglind Tómasdóttir, and Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir.

Lecture performances
Lecture performances by Erik Bünger, Kapwani Kiwanga, and a new production by Egill Sæbjörnsson with Magnús Jensson and Áki Ásgerisson titled Music about Music (under the influence of other art forms), in which the artists and long-time friends develop a way of speaking about (each other’s) music. 

That Time presents works and new commissions by Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Margrét H. Blöndal, Caitlin Berrigan, Constant Dullaart, Adam Gibbons & boyleANDshaw, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Beatrice Gibson, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Marguerite Humeau, Dorothy Iannone, Rachel de Joode, Kapwani Kiwanga, David Levine, Heather Phillipson, Johannes Paul Raether, SUPERFLEX, Vanessa Safavi, Alvaro Urbano, and Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir. 

Works by Constant Dullaart, Nicolas Perret & Silvia Ploner will be broadcast on national Icelandic radio and TV, and streamed online during the festival. 

Gerdarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum
Hamraborg 4 
200 Kópavogur 
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm

Salurinn Concert Hall
Hamraborg 2
200 Kópavogur

More information on www.cycle.is

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