The word hyper is derived from the Greek for “above, beyond, or outside.” In mathematics, it is a prefix that denotes four or more dimensions. For her piece HYPER-, Freya Björg Olafsonworked in residence to explore the Internet’s potential for enabling a physical passage to a fourth dimension: a place where past, present, and future become fluid, and the laws of time and space change. Olafson worked on initial tests of materials, lighting, and filming techniques—including UV lights, phosphorescent body paint, and 3D glasses—to shift the relationship of body to the screen, and between 2D and 3D representations of corporeality. HYPER- explored a choreography where virtual bodies, cyber dancers, and a contemporary reinterpretation of everyday gestures converged.
Olafson is an intermedia artist who works with video, audio, painting, and performance. Her creations have been presented and exhibited internationally.