WEAVERS is an audiovisual installation for a dancer, cello and voice. The piece was created for contemporary music festival Whatever Works! in Turku, 2021. The piece is in four parts and should loop in random order in a concert hall before an actual concert begins. It aims prepare the audience for whatever is about to come and create a meditative-like state.
The weavers appear as thoughts. Unspoken sentences (they are left hanging from the ceiling), repressed feelings and a growing pulse. There are layers of old memories in my head that keep showing up and I follow threads and threads and threads. I travel with them and through them and to them and in them and next to them. I fall asleep and start again. (This might be a celebration). Fall asleep and start again.
Video and music: Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir
Dancer: Zoé Afan
Cello: Oliver Müller
TENDER (then punch me)
TENDER (then punch me) is a collaborative art project by composers Bart Bruinsma and Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir. Merging sound, visual art and poetry into musical compositions. With this audio installation, they explore what effect these unprecedented times of (non-)change have on a person. Or more specifically, what effect it has on themselves. Music and abstract poetry are used to ‘give a voice’ to these intangible emotions, strangeness and soreness. Especially because these feelings are impossible to put into plain words.
Produced for The Visual Poetry Project, this short film is a visual and narrative interpretation by the New York based director Keira Sultan, on Erla's poem, Other Things.
Director/Editor: Keira Sultan
Cinematographer: Finnegan Boyle
Visual Poetry Project Producer: Micheala Schwartz
Music Composer: Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir
Poet: Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir
Colorist: Patrice B. Bowman
Seglskraut is an artist book with poetry, phonetic fractions and illustrations based on my research of how how to deconstruct Icelandic language and reconstruct it with music compositional techniques. The reading experience was intended to compare to a concert experience where the text and visual material would transform into imaginary sounds.
This work has been presented in different forms, from lectures to improvisations.
Currents in Ocean's Circulations for 13 voices and audiovisuals was composed with the text of Seglskraut.
Hulduhljóð is a visual album by the art group HLÖKK. The album received the Kraumur Music Awards in 2019 and was also nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards as album of the year in open category.