29aug16:4529oct17:00Transitions / Vistabönd(august 29) 16:45 - (october 29) 17:00 Veröld - House of Vigdís Event Organized By: University of Iceland and Vigdís Institute and International Centre Event Type :Event

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Photo: Part of The Swan People by Kristín Ómarsdóttir

 

The exhibition Transitions / Vistabönd opened in Veröld – House of Vigdís August 29 and will be on display until October 29. The participants are the composer Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, the artists Karlotta Blöndal, Olivia Plender, Unnar Örn and Ragnar Kjartansson, and the author Kristín Ómarsdóttir. With one exception, they all have in common the link of having been artists in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada, or have had work exhibited there. The exhibition has been set up in association with the conference Migration/Vistaskipti that will take place in the University of Iceland, in collaboration with the University of Manitoba, on 29-30 August. Though its exhibits reflect the varying subject matter of the creative artists, they display nonetheless the strong connection between man and nature. Very different localities become the source for art that expresses itself in various forms and media, and the exhibition consists of visual images, texts and music.

 

ANNA ÞORVALDSDÓTTTIR  Icelandic composer b. 1977, lives and works in London, UK.

In Anna’s work, the world of sound is often vast and readily inspired by the developing ratios of nature and landscape. METACOSMOS is inspired by a natural balance between beauty and disarray and how a convincing whole can coalesce from elements that at first sight seem unconnected and discordant.  The spark that ignited this work is a kind of metaphor based on the idea of falling into a black hole—the unknown—with its innumerable combinations of adverse powers that connect and interact, expand away from and contract into the other. These diverse elements contend with each other, are pulled in all directions, as man slowly realises he is drawn into a natural force over which he has no control.

METACOSMOS was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and performed in April 2018, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. The work was later performed by the Berlin Philharmonic in Europe in 2019, conducted by Alan Gilbert and by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2019, conducted by Daníel Bjarnason. It has been performed by other orchestras since then, for example by the San Francisco Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic and is scheduled for more orchestras in the coming years.

Further information:  https://www.annathorvalds.com

 

KARLOTTA BLÖNDAL Icelandic artistb. 1973, lives and works in Reykjavik.

Woven is a presentation from a research residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada, 2018. The project was to research historical records and attempt to use material from local resources to bridge the gaps between two locations and time spans through artistic methods.

The starting point or, “transfer object,” was a life-size photograph of a woven basket from the mid-seventeenth century made by Fjalla-Eyvindur, a well-known outlaw in the highlands of Iceland, who was also renowned for his craftsmanship. The basket is on display at the National Museum of Iceland.

Further information: https://karlottablondal.net

 

KRISTÍN ÓMARSDÓTTIR Icelandic author b. 1962, has written poetry, novels and plays. Kristín’s works have been published or displayed both in Iceland and abroad. She has also taken part in art exhibitions and in collaborative works with other artists.

The Swan People are watercolours painted from 2018 to 2019. They were completed while the novel The Swan People was being written. No one knows what came first, the chicken or the egg, the drawings or the text, but the characters suddenly appeared on the scene on a Sunday in midwinter, almost certainly under the influence of Dimmalimm by Mugg, Guðmundur Thorsteinsson (1891-1924). The novel will be published in the near future.

Further information:  https://bokmenntaborgin.is/bokmenntavefur/hofundar/kristin-omarsdottir

 

RAGNAR KJARTANSSON Icelandic artist b. 1976, lives and works in Reykjavík.

From the Valley of World-Weariness in British Columbia are watercolours painted by Ragnar while on a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, in Alberta, where they were exhibited. “Originally, I intended just to present a video work, but after having produced the watercolour paintings  from the heart of the world’s weariness in uninhabited British Columbia, I felt they complemented each other really well,” says Ragnar. “I got to grips with the world’s weariness and this romantic longing by wearing winter clothing and walking far into this gigantic valley that was destroyed in the forest fire of 2003.  It is littered with dead, charred trees. The conditions certainly had a tremendous influence. There was snow and biting cold and I couldn’t handle working any longer than on the pictures I completed. I’d paint one picture, then have a coffee and a cigarette to warm myself. The water froze on my brush,” says the artist, and shudders at the coldness of his memories. (From an interview with Ragnar Kjartansson by Einar Falur Ingólfsson in Morgunblaðið, 15 December 2011.)

Further information: https://i8.is

 

UNNAR ÖRN Icelandic artist b. 1974, lives and works in Reykjavik.

OLIVIA PLENDER British artist b. 1977, lives and works in London and Stockholm.

The Gods Present to Us the Artefact. Two photographs of objects in a collection capture our attention and lead us into a video by Olivia Plender and Unnar Örn, which focuses on the narration and interpretation of history. The narration of the film is a contemporary folklorist giving a lecture on one of the supposed founders of the National Museum of Denmark. The character that she describes is a nineteenth-century antiquarian, who, like many scholars in those days, adapted facts to suit his view of the world. Plender and Örn are particularly interested in the development of national identity that took place during the Romantic movement of the early nineteenth century and its influence on Scandinavian cultural history. Their work evidences how archeologists, then and now, create connections between artefacts in order to write historical narratives.

Further information: http://www.unnarorn.net

Time

August 29 (Thursday) 16:45 - October 29 (Tuesday) 17:00

Location

Veröld - House of Vigdís

Organizer

University of Iceland and Vigdís Institute and International Centre

01oct16:3017:30What are They Reading? The Nature of English Exposure of Children and Young People in Iceland16:30 - 17:30 Veröld - House of Vigdís, Auditorium Event Organized By: Vigdís Institute and International Centre Event Type :Event

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Ásrún Jóhannsdóttir, Adjunct Lecturer of English at the University of Iceland
What are They Reading? The Nature of English Exposure of  Children and Young People in Iceland

Young people in Iceland are highly exposed to English in everyday life. This lecture examines different types of input, the relationship between the input and vocabulary knowledge, to examine the quality and depth of the English lexical input children receive from digital input.

The talk will be in English. All are welcome and admission is free.

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(Tuesday) 16:30 - 17:30

Location

Veröld - House of Vigdís, Auditorium

Organizer

Vigdís Institute and International Centre

10oct16:3017:30Isabel Murillo Wilstermann: Los portafolios digitales en la formación inicial docente16:30 - 17:30 Veröld - House of Vigdís, room #104 Event Organized By: Vigdís Institute and International Centre Event Type :Event

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Isabel Murillo Wilstermann, Spanish teacher at the Institute of Romance Studies at the University of Kiel, will give the talk Los portafolios digitales en la formación inicial docente, 10 October at 16:30 in room 104 in Veröld – House of Vigdís. The talk will be in Spanish.

Abstract:
Los portafolios son de uso extendido en la formación inicial docente. Su valor como herramienta para documentar y reflexionar sobre el aprendizaje, así como su enfoque en el proceso y en el producto han hecho de los portafolios un recurso ampliamente usado, pero no exento de retos en su implementación. Por otra parte, los portafolios digitales tienen ventajas respecto a la versión impresa: son multimodales, flexibles y representan una oportunidad para fomentar competencias digitales de los futuros docentes. La presentación que ofreceré es una experiencia didáctica en la que se usaron portafolios digitales en un curso destinado a estudiantes de máster de educación en español. Mediante esta ponencia espero generar una discusión con perspectivas de estudiantes y docentes acerca del uso, retos y potencial de esta herramienta.

Isabel Murillo Wilstermann tiene un máster de español como lengua extranjera de la Universidad de Barcelona. Actualmente es docente de español en el Seminario de Lenguas y Literaturas Románicas de la Universidad de Kiel y ha trabajado en universidades, escuelas y centros de idiomas en Venezuela, Bélgica y Alemania.

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Time

(Thursday) 16:30 - 17:30

Location

Veröld - House of Vigdís, room #104

Organizer

Vigdís Institute and International Centre

10oct18:0019:30Café Lingua | Language Rendezvous18:00 - 19:30 Veröld - House of VigdísEvent Type :Event

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Do you want to meet someone who can speak fluently the language you are studying? Do you want to share your native language with someone who wants to master it? This is a unique opportunity to discover new cultures and meet world citizens in Reykjavik and at the same time practice languages in a relaxed atmosphere.

Café Lingua is a platform for those who want to enhance their language skills. Icelandic or other languages, a place to communicate in and about various languages as well as a gateway into different cultures. The goal is to “unveil” the linguistic treasures that have found their way to Iceland, enriching life and culture, as well as giving world citizens the option to express themselves in Icelandic and to introduce their mother tongues to others. The Café Lingua events of the fall are held in the culture houses of Reykjavik City Library, Veröld – House of Vigdís and in Stúdentakjallarinn at the University of Iceland.

Everybody interested in languages and in contributing to the linguistic landscape of Reykjavik is welcome. Free admission.

Café Lingua is run by the Reykjavik City Library and The Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding.
Other partners: Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Icelandic as a second language, the student associations Linguae and Huldumál at the University of Iceland and the Icelandic Village.

Time

(Thursday) 18:00 - 19:30

Location

Veröld - House of Vigdís

18oct(oct 18)19:0019(oct 19)22:00Italian film festival supported by RAI Italia19:00 - 22:00 (19) Event Type :Event

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Italian film festival supported by RAI Italia will be held in the Auditorium of Veröld – House of Vigdís 18 -19 October.

The opening film of the festival is Troppa grazia (2018) by director Gianni Zanasi which will be screened on 18 October at 7pm. Miss Angela Filipponio, will give a short talk before the film.

Following is the program for Saturday 19 October:

2pm     Ride (2019) dir. Valerio Mastrandrea
4pm     Fiore gemello (2018) dir. Laura Luchetti
6pm     Sembra mio figlio (2018) dir. Costanza Quatriglio
8pm     Non sono un assassino (2019) dir. Andrea Zaccariello

All the films will be screened with English subtitles is the main auditorium of Veröld – House of Vigdís (VHV023). Admission is free and all are welcome.

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18 (Friday) 19:00 - 19 (Saturday) 22:00

22oct16:3017:30The Reinvention of Agnes Magnúsdóttir and the Role of Icelandic Landscape, Nature and Seasons in Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites16:30 - 17:30 Veröld - House of Vigdís, Auditorium Event Organized By: Vigdís Institute and International Centre Event Type :Event

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Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir, Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Iceland
The Reinvention of Agnes Magnúsdóttir and the Role of Icelandic Landscape, Nature and Seasons in Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites

Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites (2013) centralises Agnes Magnúsdóttir’s story and presents her character and actions through a multi-layered narrative that challenges the stereotype of the evil and murderous woman often seen in historical and fictional versions. In addition, Kent’s descriptions of Icelandic landscapes, nature and seasons are pivotal to Kent’s speculative representation of Agnes and her circumstances, with the harsh yet beautiful conditions of the north reflecting and underlining the hopeless, doomed trajectory of Agnes’s life and her eventual cruel fate.

The talk will be in English. All are welcome. Admission is free.

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Time

(Tuesday) 16:30 - 17:30

Location

Veröld - House of Vigdís, Auditorium

Organizer

Vigdís Institute and International Centre

24oct18:0019:30Café Lingua | Language Rendezvous18:00 - 19:30 Veröld - House of VigdísEvent Type :Event

Event Details

Do you want to meet someone who can speak fluently the language you are studying? Do you want to share your native language with someone who wants to master it? This is a unique opportunity to discover new cultures and meet world citizens in Reykjavik and at the same time practice languages in a relaxed atmosphere.

Café Lingua is a platform for those who want to enhance their language skills. Icelandic or other languages, a place to communicate in and about various languages as well as a gateway into different cultures. The goal is to “unveil” the linguistic treasures that have found their way to Iceland, enriching life and culture, as well as giving world citizens the option to express themselves in Icelandic and to introduce their mother tongues to others. The Café Lingua events of the fall are held in the culture houses of Reykjavik City Library, Veröld – House of Vigdís and in Stúdentakjallarinn at the University of Iceland.

Everybody interested in languages and in contributing to the linguistic landscape of Reykjavik is welcome. Free admission.

Café Lingua is run by the Reykjavik City Library and The Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding.
Other partners: Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Icelandic as a second language, the student associations Linguae and Huldumál at the University of Iceland and the Icelandic Village.

Time

(Thursday) 18:00 - 19:30

Location

Veröld - House of Vigdís

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