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Quiescence: Abraham Brody & Icelandic Artists


Abraham Brody brings Icelandic artists Asta Maria Kjartansdottir and Anna-Frida Jonsdottir to New York as part of his residency to create a unique performance installation.


Silence hits us and our conscious thought and emotions creep to the surface. True silence is hard to come by in modern society and this performance describes the struggles we humans are faced with when trying to claim the silence within. The speed of life doesn't really grant us the space to find purity and silence. 
When performing music, we often rush from one note to another, forgetting that the space between the notes is just as important as those which you play. But it's not only just the sound or the silence, it is the space between the sound and silence that is important. Music is used in an audiovisual performance as a metaphor for the struggle of the inner landscape finding the balance of the perfect rhythm of sound, silence, action, quiescence.

Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir graduated her B.A. of fine arts from The Iceland academy of the arts in 2010 and received her M.A in Art and Science in 2013 at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Anna Fríða has had exhibitions in various locations including Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, The Natural History Museum Vienna, Das Weisse Haus in co-operation with Paraflows digital festival. Anna Fríða has a piece in the collection of the Cultural Department of Vienna and is a recipient of an artist salary, the year 2015, provided by the Government of Iceland. Her work Natural Law was exhibited last October, in cooperation with Ásta, at the Venice Biennale for Liechtenstein in a collateral event, Silver Lining and this May at the Reykjavík Art Museum. 

Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir’s obsession with wavelengths and frequency has taken her through various layers of the human existence, touching on communication with the self, others, nature and society, with a strong focus on music. Everything radiates and everything is a form of wavelength.

Ásta María Kjartansdóttir studied the cello at Reykjavík collage of music before moving to Vienna in 2008 to study Solo Performance at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna until 2013. During her studies she did private sessions and masterclasses with Erling Blöndal Bengtson, Heidi Litschauer, Erkki Lahesmaa, Walther Schulz, Bruno Weinmeister og Steven Isserlis, as well attending chamber music lessons with the Altenberg Trio and the Hugo Wolf quartett. After her studies she has focused on working with chamber groups as well as participating in art performances. Ásta María has performed at Haus der Kunst in Baden, Akzent Theater, Off-Theater Wien, Harpa Concert Hall Reykjavík, Reykjavík Art Museum and the Venice Biennale.

Abraham Brody creates unique multidimensional experiences for his audiences. Bringing together music, performance art, and multimedia, he pushes the boundaries between performer and public and challenges the traditional notions of a performer in the 21st century by uniting these three art forms into one cohesive whole. For him, performance is a vehicle to transform himself and his audiences.

Drawing inspiration from the roots, rituals, and folklore of diverse backgrounds, he weaves them into performances combining his own compositions, improvisation, and multimedia works. 

He has collaborated with renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic, has travelled to far-eastern Siberia in search of shamans, and also creates the bulk of his solo works based on the folklore and music of his Lithuanian roots.

He has performed and shown his works in such places as the Barbican Centre London (month-long residency in 2015), The Public Theater New York, Tate Modern, Southbank Centre London, Pace Gallery, Fondation Beyeler Basel, Sziget Festival Budapest, Solyanka VPA Moscow, Vortex Jazz Club London, and Rich Mix London, among others.

Earlier Event: November 14
Abraham Brody: ONGON
Later Event: November 23