Retrieving Past Futures

Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir presents her research project on Steina Vasulka, a pionneer in video art and founder of The Kitchen, an experimental space for electronic arts and music in New York. The aim is to write the biography of Steina who went from Reykjavik to Prague to study music and violin in the late 1950s, and then moved to New York in 1965 where she fell in love video and became a pionneer in the field of electronic media art. During the same period electronic media where hard to find in Iceland, where Steina's works where rarley shown until the 1990's. 

Margrét Elisabet Ólafsdóttir is a independent scholar, curator, art critic and lecturer. She is a co-founder of Lorna, an association for the electronic arts in Reykjavik founded in 2002, organiser of Pikslaverk festival since 2008, and co-founder of Lorna Lab in 2010. She lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland.