A tribute to the darkness of our condition; what starts out as hope soon becomes manipulated into a hegemony of temptation, leaving only a sense of nihilism and the possibility of a new order. We will sing, we will scream and we will crash as spatial derivatives become clarified through boundaried and critical practice. I haven't got the will to try and fight against a new tomorrow, so I guess I'll just believe it.
always experimenting with an emphasis on the specific characteristics of a certain space or place, how they interact with the use or behaviour of the materials that merge into intermedial installations----the wondrousness of space, sound, gaze, perception, the function of frames, the power of definition
Heiðrún Gréta Viktorsdóttir
Heiðrún Gréta Viktorsdóttir(b.1990) graduated with a B.A. degree from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2015. Heiðrún has been active working with other artists in collaboration through gallery Ekkisens to create and manage large group exhibitions. Which include the exhibitions from 2015; Fjöltengi (Hub), Hávaði (Noise) and Kynleikar (Genderplay). One of the main sources of inspiration in Heiðrún‘s creativity is the consciousness of herself as a gender, the human body and the existential self. In Heiðrún‘s work she has focused on her own reflections and critique towards mediums that constantly deform and objectify the existence of women. Consequently, it has created a new direction in her work. Heiðrún does so by looking at the body from a spiritual perspective where she examines limits of the human body between the physical and spiritual world. By listening to her own nature and subconscious she creates a channel where sexuality and the body can flourish independetly in the form of creativity.
Arja Kärkkäinen is an installation artist born in 1986, Helsinki. She's in her MA studies in the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki. She mainly works with video and spatial installation and sometimes finds her inspiration from her former education as a designer.
She works primarily within the field of electro-acoustic music composition, sound and performance art. It takes form of concerts, records, installations and performances. On Plan-B Art festival she will present the performance of a living sculpture. Performance is for her a form of extended composition, open score with room for interaction. It is exploration where starting point and tools of work are decided beforehand, but the result of it and aftermath is known only when the performance is completed. She intends to work also on site-specific aspects of space, sound and current environment.
Ananda Serné (1988) is a writer and visual artist from the Netherlands. She grew up on a boat on some of the canals and rivers of Europe before she received a MA in Fine Arts from the Iceland Academy of the Arts and a BA in Fine Arts from the St. Lucas School of Arts in Antwerpen, Belgium. Her work derives from a fascination for the human desire to explore the unknown and to document things that are difficult to define or visualize.
Halla Birgisdóttir (b.1988) lives and works in Reykjavík. She graduated from the fine art department of the Icelandic Art Academy in 2013. Since then she has taken part in many solo and group exhibitions. Halla uses drawing and text as an investigating act, made to explore a number of concerns. She creates fragmented narrative spaces, where she manages her food for thought with sincerity. Halla has worked with various medium such as artist books, drawing installations, wall drawings and motion drawings. She calls herself a pictorial storyteller.
Elín Helena Evertsdóttir
Graduated with a MA degree in Fine Art from The Glasgow School of Art in 2005, and with a BA degree in Fine Art from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2001. Has had several solo shows and planned and participated in many group shows in Iceland and abroad.
Shows three works as part of Plan-B art festival, including a performance with actress Sigrún Huld Skúladóttir.
Has for example worked with ideas about how a way of thinking can influence how one sees the environment, and about the way one looks at the environment influences thought,
with ideas about inner and outer lives and how they interact and about motion and possibilities.
Steingrímur Gauti Ingólfsson
Steingrímur Gauti Ingólfsson (1986), lives and works in Reykjavík. Always curious, experimenting with the elements of painting, Steingrímur draws inspiration from his surroundings, daily life and art history. In recent years, he has focused on large scale paintings that touch on Abstract-expressionism, Minimalism, graffiti and landscape. He graduated from the Fine Arts department at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2015, having also studied at Universität der Kunste in Berlin and the Reykjavík School of Visual Art.
Maiken Stæhr (1992) is a student at the Jutland Art Academy (DK) and primarily works with performance.
To me performance is about composing living and moving images which can change the psychical space. It is about creating a situation and a frame where the staging of subjects, objects and abjects creates new materialities.
The performance explores the exchange, interaction and togetherness between me as the composer and the audience.
My presence in a perfomance matters. It revives, affects, activates and changes reality and through the performance I create a new environment in already existing one.
(latest project: maybeshesbornwith.it)
Ylfa Þöll Ólafsdóttir
Ylfa Þöll Ólafsdóttir (b. 1993) lives and works in Reykjavík. She mainly works with video, performance and installations. Using the body and exploring poetry in imagery. Symbols are the language of the soul. Going inside and out again. Pain and pleasure. Living and dying. Death is sexy and being alive is violent in it’s nature. A breath of fresh air.
Harpa Einarsdottir (Ziska) was born in Borgarnes, Iceland 1976. After graduation from the Iceland University of art and design in 2005 she worked as a costume designer, and in 2007 she was hired as a designer/character illustrator at CCP Games, she worked there for for four years, but since 2010 she has been freelancing in the film industry and other creative projects but mainly focusing on her art and design under her artist name ZISKA. As a child she had a fertile imagination and could get lost in her own world in the magical nature surrounding her. Harpa´s childhood was an adventure and it has become the biggest influence in her art. Harpa is known for making her own unique universe that portrays itself in her art and design, her art is a metamorphosis of darkness, but it also reflects a fusion of elegance and style out of the ordinary. The power of her imagination breathes into empty space, where masks and bodies praise harmonies and meanings. Nature is a scepter of the magic kingdom and emotions are reflected in the shadows.
Harpa has had several group and solo exhibitions in the past years. In 2009 she was nominated for the Code Design awards for illustration and character profiling for the computer game EVE online and she won the Reykjavík Runway design competition in 2011.
Jakob Veigar is a painter although he uses other media, like light projection to explore the painting further. He uses a variety of different techniques in many layers to invent his work. Inspired by things like, music, flow and architecture. A piece of music becomes visual imagery which neither has a beginning nor an end, only the moment endures. Metamorphosis causes disorder where the mind identifies with personal experience and the knowledge of individuality. Music turns into architecture and the architecture becomes figurative.
Anton Logi Ólafsson
Anton Logi Ólafsson is an artist living and working in Reykjavík, Iceland. Works in different mediums, challenging himself to not get too comfortable in just one. That being said, performance art is something that has colored his work-output throughout past years. Performance has a sort of magic to it, and it is magic that Anton seeks to conjure in his work; a sense of enchantment and uncertainty, intensity and serenity.
Steinunn Önnudóttir (b.1984) lives and works in Reykjavík. She completed her BA in Graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2009, and her BA in Audiovisual Arts in 2011 also at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. In the fall of 2016 she will embark on the Master programme of Fine Arts at the Icelandic Art Academy.
In 2014 Steinunn founded the Harbinger Project Space and has been running it ever since. Harbinger has hosted over 20 exhibitions and events in the past 2 years.
She has had one solo exhibition and partaken in several group shows abroad. Steinunn works mainly in painting, sculpture and drawing.
Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir wanders between various fields of visual art. At the core of her work is the humanimal's inner existential struggle – and how it confronts and combats the structures that surround it
– or surrenders to them.
Her recent works include the solo exhibition A Year of Existential Doubt – MAN in the artist run exhibition space Ekkisens, that same piece is now on show at The Amos Anderson Museum in Helsinki. Other recent works are the linguistic performance I / Æ / EI that took place at ZK/U in Berlin and the cake party performance AND in the The Living Art Museum in Reykjavik and in a public library in Oslo. Upcoming is an exhibition in The Slimy Sandbox in Los Angeles.
Rakel McMahon was born in 1983 in Reykjavík, Iceland, where she currently lives and works. She graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2008; she also holds a diploma in Gender Studies from the University of Iceland and a M.Art.Ed. from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at various places both in Iceland and internationally including Sweden, Copenhagen, Oslo, Edinburgh, Berlin, Helsinki, Warsaw and Newfoundland. She is also the other half of the performance duo Wunderkind Collective, which was founded in 2011 in partnership with writer Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir.
In addition McMahon has also seen to organizing exhibitions, artist-run spaces and other cultural events such as the artistic board of Sequences - real time art festival. Currently McMahon is a member of the board of The Living Art Museum (NYLO).
McMahon is interested in approaching and presenting her subject matter through re-interpretation, the use of metaphor and a reevaluation of what is deemed serious, humorous and normal. The subject and issues she works with relate to gender, sexuality, stereotypes and normality.
Andrea Ágústa Aðalsteinsdóttir
Andrea Ágústa Aðalsteinsdóttir (b.1991) graduated from Iceland Academy of the Arts in spring 2015. She has taken part in and curated exhibitions, worked closely with Ekkisens Art Space and is one of the editors for the Icelandic Art Magazine Listvísi. Her work appears in various mediums; photography, text, video, drawings, sculpture and mixed media. Exploring the entity of belief. Drawn to the mysterious aspects of materials and ideas; she contemplates the ritual and tries to awaken the magic of poesy in a mundane world.
Freyja Eilíf (b.1986) is a visual artist from Reykjavík. She is the founder and director of Ekkisens Art Space and has been actively working as an artist from 2010. Her work is usually realised through mixed media and is composed from various themes related to her journey through life as a human on planet earth.
Davíð Örn Halldórsson
The patterned, at times psychedelic, mixed-media works of Davíð Örn Halldórsson reflect a variety of influences including graffiti, organic structures, textiles and collage. Each piece involves intertwined forms and colours, sometimes narrative, but always fantastically odd and mysterious. Often painted directly onto wood panels, at times even moving from canvas to gallery wall like a seamless floating dreamscape, Halldórsson’s style is as intricate as it is frenzied.
Davíð Örn Halldórsson (1976) lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland.