For our 2016 Winter Program, Plug In ICA offered a combined tour of three of our concurrent exhibitions along with a workshop. The exhibitions in question: Further Than I Can Throw A Stone, Moon Rehearsal Tape, and L’homelette diverge in form and content, but for this tour we drew a line through the works, exploring how the experience of viewing one exhibition affects our experience of the others. The main thread of the guided tour and workshop was based on performance and improvisation. The tour introduced students to Plug In ICA’s history and then discussed the individual exhibitions, accompanied by a workshop led by local artist Freya Olafson.
Freya Björg Olafson is an intermedia artist who works with video, audio, painting and performance. Her creations have been presented and exhibited internationally at venues such asSECCA – SouthEastern Center for Contemporary Art (North Carolina), OchoYmedio / Alas de la Danza (Quito, Guayaquil and Manta in Ecuador), The National Arts Center (Ottawa), High Performance Rodeo (Calgary), Tangente – Laboratoire des Movements Contemporains(Montreal), Sequences Real Time Media Arts Festival (Iceland) and Medea Electronique / Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece). As performer and creator, Freya blends 6 years classical training in the Professional Program of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet with the contemporary facility achieved through her completion of the Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in dance from Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dancers in affiliation with the University of Winnipeg. She combines her finesse in movement with the directness of her performance art, video and theory studies from the University of Manitoba School of Art and her subsequent completion of a Master of Fine Arts Degree in New Mediafrom the Transart Institute / Donau Universitat in Krems, Austria. Freya has maintains ongoing professional development; in 2013 she had the opportunity to work alongside / learn from senior artists such as Charles Atlas, Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gómez-Peña & Saul Gracia Lopez of La Pocha Nostra.