Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir: HÉR! An Exploration of Artistic Agency

Activity: Examination and supervisionExternal Reviewer of PhD thesis/Opponent


The thesis is about the agencies at play in artistic processes. It is explored through the work of a performer, curator, and composer active within the fields of contemporary music and sound art. Starting with the proposition that agency is emergent and forms through sociomaterial relations, this PhD project sets out to explore how such acts may unfold in relation to the concert hall, the recording studio, in the virtual domain, and as ecological sound art. The thesis highlights the need for contextual sensitivity where agency is concerned while building on such knowledge to explore ‘other’ ways of connecting and relating through sound and music.
About Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir:
Violinist, composer, and curator Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir is born in Iceland but based in Malmö, Sweden. She has been the artistic director of Nordic Affect since its inception in 2005 and made numerous appearances with the ensemble at festivals and concert venues in Europe and USA. Her compositional output and commissions have spanned everything from electroacoustic compositions to sound and media installations. Stefánsdóttir’s playing and compositions are featured on albums by the Carrier Records, Brilliant Classics, Musmap, Bad Taste Records, Tally, and Sono Luminus labels.
Period2023 Jun 182023 Jun 19
Examinee/Supervised personHalla Steinunn Stefansdottir
Examination/Supervision held at
Degree of RecognitionNational

UKÄ subject classification

  • Music

Free keywords

  • artistic research
  • music