A performative installation by the art ensemble Hlökk will be premiered at Dark Music Days 2020. Their debut album, Hulduhljóð, will be played from speakers spread out across the space and simultaneously members of Hlökk are improvising along with the music and reciting poems and texts.
The album will be played three times during the day.
Assisting them are thereminist Hekla Magnúsdóttir, jazz guitarist Mikael Máni Ásmundsson, percussionist Frank Aarnink and the dancers Sóley Frostadóttir and Erla Rut Mathiesen. Videos along with the live lights of the light and sound sculpture Hulda will be projected into the space. All performers are spread across the space and the audience is free to walk among them.
The composition was written by Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir, the poems are by Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir and the videos were made by Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir in collaboration with Ingibjörg Ýr.
Hlökk is a Reykjavík based art ensemble consisting of three composers, Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir, Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir and Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir. They formed the ensemble in 2015 as an experimental folk band performing Icelandic folk songs and improvisations as well as their own compositions along with old poetry. Today the ensemble’s material has developed into a platform where they use different types of art forms, mainly music, visual arts and creative writing to create new compositions for other performers as well as themselves. Their debut album, Hulduhljóð, was released in 2019 and recently won the Kraumur awards.