This week sees the Moving Classics crew and all participating composers heading to Iceland for the inaugural outing of our Cycle Music and Art Festival. Bringing together superstars of the creative world such as Olafur Eliasson, Icelandic Love Corporation and Simon Steen Anderson with rising stars such as Ensemble Adaptor, Skark Ensemble and Pinquins the Festival will take place from Thursday to Sunday 13-16 August in Kópavogur, Iceland.
Created with and supported by the Moving Classics project the festival is envisaged as the main platform for our new network to come together and showcase the work of our composers Eyvind Gullbrandsen, Enrica Sciandrone and Brice Catherine as well as a point where as a network we actively create and develop new collaborations for next year.
With 26 events over four days Cycle is envisaged as a platform for exploring and exhibiting the meeting point of creative worlds, producing and presenting works that reach outside the traditional boundaries of discipline, craft and process. Pioneering international artists in the fields of new music, performance art, visual arts, sound art and architecture will collaborate and create across a city-wide site with music as a central focus.
This first edition of Cycle will explore the rapidly changing notion of recycling. The post-digital age has transformed the possibilities for re-creation through reuse by providing the tools for infinite sampling, layering and appropriation – pushing the boundaries of bricolage far beyond its 20th century the horizons. But it has also given us the means to fully understand how our century-long obsession with all that is new, whether in consumer goods or in culture, has impacted on our environment and our relationship with it.
It’s going to be a busy and exciting week, the whole concept of the festival aims put production and consumption on an equal footing instead of position them as diametric opposites. To show our commitment to this we’re going to be putting our money where our mouth is by finalising and performing two of the works from the Moving Classics first round of commissions, running a series of seminars around international arts practice, priming four new collaborations that will bring together poetry, digital art, music and performance, and shooting a major new video installation that we’ll feature in our winter programme in the UK.