MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art, SHAPE and the 31st International Graphic Biennial present:


Hildur Guðnadóttir (Iceland)
Concert on Ljubljanica river
29 August 2015 at 8pm,
Ljubljanica river


The event is in the 31th graphic Biennal of Graphic Arts Opening weekend program.

The upcoming special summer edition of SONICA Classics is a collaboration with the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts and powered by SHAPE platform, brings the contemporary classical music artist Hildur Guðnadóttir to Slovenia for the first time. The concert will take place in the atmospheric old town city center, on the Ljubljanica river.

With this event we are announcing the Arcade Gallery, a new sound gallery on the scenic Ljubljana market, which will revive Plečnik’s arcades with sound compositions composed especially for the arcades. The sound gallery will revive the arcades also during the night and when the market is closed.

SONICA Classics series presents creators working on diverse crossroads between electronic music and contemporary classical music, and open new musical spaces, attract new publics and introduce unexpected sounds to both classical and club venues.

Hildur Guðnadóttir (1982) is an Icelandic cello player, composer and singer who has been manifesting herself at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary music (e.g. with the band múm). In her solo works she draws out a broad spectrum of sounds from her instrument, ranging from intimate simplicity to huge soundscapes. Gudnadóttir began playing cello as a child, entered the Reykjavík Music Academy and then moved on to musical studies/composition and new media at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and Universitat der Kunste in Berlin.

Hildur has released four critically acclaimed solo albums: Mount A (2006), Without Sinking (2009), Leyfðu Ljósinu (2012) and Saman (2014). Hildur was nominated as composer of the year and Without Sinking got nominated as album of the year at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2009. The same year Without Sinking was also chosen as one of the albums of the year at the Kraumur Awards. Hildur’s albums are all released on Touch.

Hildur has composed music for theatre, dance pieces and films. The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic National Theatre, Tate Modern, The British Film Institute, The Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm and Gothenburg National Theatre are amongst the institutions that have commissioned new works by Hildur. She won Gríman (The Icelandic Theatre Award) in 2011, for her music for King Lear. And 2012 she was nominated for the Robert Prize (Danish Film Award) for her original score for A Hijacking. She is nominated for the Nordic Music Council Prize as composer of the year 2014.

Among others Hildur has performed live and recorded music with Skúli Sverrisson, Jóhann Jóhannsson, múm, Schneider TM, Angel, Pan Sonic, Hauschka, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Jamie Lidell, The Knife, Fever Ray and Throbbing Gristle.

Production: MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art
Co-production: MGLC

Supported by:
Ljubljana Tourism, Municipality of Ljubljana – Department for Culture and Ministry for Culture of Slovenia

Sponsor: Hotel Park

The event is part of SHAPE event series and co-financed by Creative Europe.

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Museum of Transitory Art

MoTA –

Museum of Transitory Art

MoTA is a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to advancing the research, production and presentation of transitory, experimental, and live art forms.

MoTA is a museum without a permanent collection or a fixed space. Instead, its programs are realised in different locations and contexts in temporary physical and virtual spaces.

MoTA organizes and supports transitory art in the form of continuous events, exhibitions and educational programs both locally and internationally. As its name indicates, MoTA examines what a museum can be today and in the future.

MoTA is in constant search for the new, the uncertain, and the undefined.

MoTA works on several continuous programmes & projects. We run MoTA Point – a Space for Art & Ideas, we curate and produce the annual SONICA Festival, in addition to regular music programmes such as SONICA Series and SONICA Classics.

Within the years of running our residency programme, we’ve established T.R.I.B.E. – a network of residency spaces in the Balkans & Eastern Europe.

We’ve also initiated the research and archive platforms and Mediateque MoTA & Tomaž Brate. Our educational programmes serve a broader audience with ongoing workshops, talks, symposia, and internships.