This event is a Nordic Spotlight, part of Nordic Bridges.
Conceived mainly for big open spaces, CONTROL NO CONTROL is a large-scale interactive installation in a minimalistic geometric structure, true to Studio Iregular’s signature style. Created in 2011 in Montreal for Igloofest, it has since been presented over 35 times worldwide.
CONTROL NO CONTROL is a big LED cube that reacts to everything that touches it and every movement performed on its surface. Streamlined patterns and generative sound emerge as interaction occurs. Allowing 48 people to participate at the same time, the experience is extremely intuitive, leading to quick audience engagement and prolonged interactions.
Founded in Montreal in 2010, new media art studio Iregular creates audiovisual installations, large-scale sculptures, architectural projections and scenographies, focusing on interactive and immersive experiences. At the crossroads between art and technology, these artworks experiment with geometry, light, sound, typography, mathematics, algorithms, communication protocols and AI. Iregular also develops its proprietary technologies.
The studio works with the infinite and random combinations produced by interactive systems that the audience ultimately influences and transforms. Interaction is at the core of it all. Only the relationship between the people and the piece finalizes the artwork and gives it meaning.
Iregular’s work has shown in more than 30 countries, notably including a solo exhibition in the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, five solo exhibitions in Montreal, as well as other important presentations at Mutek (Montreal and Mexico), BIAN (Montreal), Mapping Festival (Switzerland), Chroniques Biennale (France), LEV Festival (Spain), Draaimolen (The Netherlands), Elektra (Montreal), Glow (The Netherlands), Lumiere (United Kingdom), Dubai Design Week (UAE), B39 (South Korea), Arttech (Colombia), Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal), and Aurora Festival (USA). Their creations are also in the collections of the WNDR museum in Chicago (USA), the Museo de Antioquia in Medellín (Colombia) and the Collection du Mouvement Desjardins in Montreal.
About Fjord Studio
Fjord Studio is a creative studio dedicated to bringing the magic of light art into people’s lives. Fjord Studio curates and produces light art projects for cultural events, urban spaces, architecture and stage. Based in Oslo, the studio works globally and produces the best in light art. The studio collaborates with renowned Norwegian and international light artists and new talents, experienced technical teams and international partners. With projections on buildings, intimate installations, site-specific light sculptures and immersive video art, the studio’s work is a broad exploration of light art. Together with their artists and customers, the studio works towards a shared vision to create meaningful, inspiring and memorable experiences of light and art. Fjord Studio has been developed by artist and curator Anastasia Isachsen and producer Frank Isachsen, the team behind the light art festival Fjord Oslo. Since 2020, their work has expanded to conceptualize, produce and communicate various types of temporary and permanent projects at the intersection of art and technology – in Norway and internationally. Ongoing projects include the annual light art festival Fjord Oslo, the new light art initiative Fjord Geiranger in Geiranger and Nordic Lights – a collaborative project with Harbourfront Centre and light art festivals in Denmark, Sweden and Finland, in addition to several smaller projects.
Creative Audio Response
Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir, Author of the Creative Response
Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir is an Icelandic author, illustrator, curator and teacher. She studied graphic design and painting at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and a Masters of Arts degree in Creative Writing from The University of Iceland. She was a guest student at The University of Copenhagen.
Gunnarsdóttir has written 11 books and illustrated innumerable others. She has curated many interactive exhibitions and illustrated the Njal’s Saga Tapestry, amongst other projects.
She has received the Icelandic illustrator’s award twice and has been nominated for the Icelandic Literature Prize, the Nordic Council Literature prize, the Women’s Literature Prize, the West-Nordic Literature Prize and the In Other Words prize.
Gunnarsdóttir has participated in exhibitions in Iceland, Germany, the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, Scotland and the U.S.A. She teaches creative writing at The University of Iceland, illustration at The Reykjavík School of Visual Art and has facilitated creative workshops in many countries.
Andre Sills, Voice Actor
Andre Sills is a Hamilton-based actor, director, producer and writer. He has spent most of his career working in the theatre across the country. He most recently made his directorial debut at Crow’s Theatre directing Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ GLORIA (an Actors Repertory Company production). He spent seven seasons at Stratford, where he played Bottom in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, opening the new Tom Patterson Theatre Parking Lot under a tent. He also played the title character in the 2018 Stratford hit Coriolanus directed by the world-renowned Robert Lepage, and was in the top 10 shows of 2018 in the Washington Post and The Globe and Mail.
In addition, he spent four seasons at The Shaw Festival where he played Tom in The Glass Menagerie and received the My Entertainment World Best Actor Award for his work in An Octoroon, Dora Award and Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Actor for his work in Master Harold and the Boys. He has also worked at Soulpepper Theatre where he toured across the country with Kim’s Convenience and also played Othello at The Black Rep in St. Louis, Missouri. Sills is a Resident Artist with The Actors Repertory Company.
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