A new international Sound Art Festival in Seyðisfjöður, East Iceland, opened yesterday. The factory space of the former Norðursíld fish factory will be converted into a space for sound art and experimental music during the festival.
More than 20 concerts and performances by Icelandic and international artists will take place over the three days. Performers include Asmus Tietchens and Thomas Köner from Germany. Köner will also perform in the Tvísöngur sound sculpture by Lukas Kühne, which was unveiled in the mountainside overlooking the town last month.
The recently established Skálar – Centre for Sound Art and Experimental Music in Seyðisfjörður aims to provide a platform for experiments, collaborations, presentations, studies and inspiration to professional artists and students.
Founded by artists Elvar Már Kjartansson, Helgi Örn Pétursson, and Konrad Korabiewski, the center will also have an artist-in-residence program that provides accommodation for artists as well as studio facilities and a sound laboratory.
Skálar is the name of the birthplace of Icelandic pioneer of electronic music Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson, who passed away in 2005.
The festival runs through October 6.