In [sync] :
A state in which
multiple people, or things, move/happen at the same time and speed.
installation that reconnects people in times when little moves and not
Connecting without connecting flights
In a world rendered out-of-sync, we invite you to an experiment to
sync experiences and compare notes. Together with musician
Hermigervill and performers Lin Sulian and Jian Shihan, Out-of-Sync
connects Iceland and Taiwan: two islands // two approaches // two
The audiences in the venues in Reykjavik and Taipei are connected
through video, sound and performance to share their current event
realities during the Pandemic. The rest of the world is invited to
join through a VR rendered live stream.
Join the event in the proximity that you feel most comfortable with:
On-site in Mengi, FUL Taipei or in your own safe zone online. The
installation will be held in accordance with the current COVID health
& safety regulations in Iceland, masks and disinfection obligatory
In 2020, the unity of performance, physical space and community was
broken when countries imposed regulations on mobility and proximity in
order to prevent the spread of the pandemic. Physical distancing
shakes the space-related cultural sector at its core and raises
questions to the meaning of space for the sense of community.
No man is an island
“Whom to invite into your safe space?” is the question of 2020, asked
by individuals and nations alike in an attempt to balance the trade
between the outside world and the world within. In this, the physical
isolation of island states catalyzes the impact of regulations on
mobility onto our daily experience.
Iceland is currently in a state of emergency with heavy gathering
restrictions. Performance art in Covid times resembles a surgical
theater in which the masked audience silently observes the artist at
work in safe distance. The island balances local measures with the
exchange with the outside world.
At the same time, Taiwan is one of the few countries that is
considered Covid free. In closing itself off from the rest of the
world, strict health and border policies have allowed Taiwan's
cultural life to reflourish and become an isolated social oasis in an
otherwise desolated global cultural landscape.
How can we enjoy global artistic input from international artists that
have been deprived of their artistic endeavours?
Join the conversation
In merging these realities, we create space for discussion and voices
from different parties involved: What are the trade-offs of trades for
the local cultural scene? How can the arts be effectively funded in
times of crises? What events are possible? How can the development of
new event formats be supported? How can event planning in changing
restrictions be supported? How can artists create outreach in times of
crises? How can we optimize the use of existing resources in times of
The event is connected to ongoing research at the Institute for
Sustainability Studies at the University of Iceland. The project looks
at the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on the cultural sector
in Iceland, with special focus on space-related performances and
explores needs and possibilities of the arts moving forward in these
The event was generously funded by the NORDRESS NSSA Academy and the
Nordic Culture Fund PULS.
The installation is a collaboration between researchers, storytellers,
visualizers and space makers in Iceland, the UK and Taiwan.
Concept and Organization: Aephi
Huimi, Rene Boonekamp, Uta Reichardt
Performers: Lin SuLian and Chien
Project manager and Technician in Taipei:
Ying Ting Yeh
Visual Effects and Technician in Reykjavík:
Owen Hindley, Yuli Levtov
Graphic design: Ting Cheng
Web programmer: Alexandra Mjöll
Photography: Patrik Ontkovic
Installation assistants: Rakel
Sigurðardóttir and Salóme Katrín Magnúsdóttir