CPA [Consistent Partial Attention] offers a paradoxical meditation on what it means to be present in our contemporary screen-obsessed world. Developed through digital collage the CPA [Consistent Partial Attention] performance is guided by a video score of pre-existing / found Internet footage of individuals improvising in their homes. CPA is an exercise in ‘nowness’; the performer engages in the act of realtime translation of data / movement vocabulary from the video score. We experience dance as a vernacular, learned language, permeating and crossing communities, provoking consideration upon the evolution of dance in the age of the internet.
Creator and performer: Freya Björg Olafson
FREYA BJÖRG OLAFSON
Freya Björg Olafson is an intermedia artist who works with video, audio, painting and performance. Her praxis engages with identity and the body, as informed by technology and the Internet. Olafson’s work has been included in international exhibitions and screenings with the Bauhaus Archiv (Berlin), SouthEastern Center for Contemporary Art (North Carolina), OchoYmedio (Quito, Ecuador), The National Arts Center (Ottawa), Sequences (Iceland) and Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece). Olafson has benefitted from residencies, most notably through EMPAC – Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (NY) and Counterpulse (San Francisco). Olafson holds an MFA in New Media from the Transart Institute and since 2017 is Assistant Professor in the Dance Department at York University in Toronto.
Interview to Freya Björg Olafson, talking about her creative experience. Filmed via long distance computer call: SKYPE.