- Formby & Iceland -
SICC Productions in the UK in collaborations with National Trust invite Icelandic Musician/Sound Artist Halla Steinunn Stefansdottir to undertake a residency in Formby during Winter 2019/2020. Responding to the theme of transforming landscapes, her investigations will draw on a series of ecological concerns sweeping the coastal area, how people have dealt with these natural changes, and how this connects with areas of Iceland facing similar issues. Inspired by material uncovered in the archival & heritage collections at Crosby and Formby Libraries, Halla will develop a site-specific soundscape experience taking further inspiration from the National Trust’s focus for the year 2020 highlighting the “importance of places to people, the need of air and the need of quiet, of the night of sky and of things grown”. This project invites the audience to the core values of enjoying nature in the here and now.
SICC Production and the NATUR Project are extremely honoured to be working with an established arts commissioner The National Trust, giving the project an elevated visibility and tone and ensuring a high quality delivery of artwork in the most magical environment.
Halla conducted her first NATUR residency in Formby, UK in October 2019. She stayed in Crosby and was introduced to the National Trust team in Formby who showed her around the enormous site of woodlands, beaches and dunes. She was accompanied by local curator Maria Brewster, with whom she also visited the public library in Crosby where they were welcomed by extremely helpful and insightful staff, Andrew and Lesley. This first visit also included a visit to Gowthorpe Hall in Burnley and a launch night at the British Textile Biennial in Blackburn.
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir is one of Iceland’s leading figures within the contemporary music scene. She has been the artistic director of Nordic Affect since its inception in 2005. Believing that the exciting things happen ‘in the connection’ Halla Steinunn’s work with the contemporary classical ensemble has been a tour de force when it comes to collaborative relationships with composers, visual artists, and producers. Furthermore she’s brought the spotlight to women’s role in music history, leading to projects such as HÚN/SHE which was broadcast by the European Broadcasting Service in 2015. With degrees from The Royal Danish Academy of Music and Indiana University School of Music, Halla Steinunn now holds a PhD position in artistic research at Lund University, in a time where the divide between creator and performer is being questioned in theoretical writings and in practice.
As part of her PhD candidacy she is currently undertaking various projects at the Inter Arts Center in Malmö, a platform for artistic research and experimentation at the University of Lund. IAC acts as a space forartistic research, concentrating on contributing to the development of various artistic fields, by working with processes, research, experimentation and technology over time. H e (a) r (2017) is a surround and stereo soundscape created by Halla that was first premiered at the ICA, and subsequently released as an album on the Sono Luminus label (2018). The musical compositions on the H e (a) r are connected to ecology, acoustics and embodiment; drawing on encounters and what happens in the connection.
More details about Halla can be found on www.hallasteinunn.com