[ISEA2020] Artist Statement: Freya Björg Olafson — MÆ-Motion Aftereffect

Artist Statement

MÆ-Motion Aftereffect is a sixty-minute performance work that addresses the impact of emerging consumer technologies associated with AR, VR, and 360° video. In the final scene, a live video feed is manipulated through the game development software ‘Unity’ which generates an accidental effect that freezes video frames and continuously prints new frames atop the previous. As a result, movement onstage creates live painted trails. This visual effect references Brody Condon’s 1999 modified video game work ‘Adam Killer’ as well as a common Windows XP system error that generates the same painting effect using the computer’s search windows and cursors as a paintbrush. This scene features a sound score created by Emma Hendrix.

  • Freya Björg Olafson is an intermedia artist whose work has been presented internationally at museums, galleries, universities, festivals, archives, and conferences. Olafson has benefitted from residencies, most notably through EMPAC – Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center. In 2017 Olafson joined York University as an Assistant Professor and in 2020 she was a recipient of the Sobey Art Award. freyaolafson.com