Steina Vasulka was born in Iceland and studied violin and music theory in Prague. She emigrated to America in 1965 with her husband Woody Vasulka and was as a freelance musician before she began working with video in 1969. In 1971 she co-founded The Kitchen, a media theatre in New York. Here work is widely recognised in Europe, the USA as well as Asia. In addition to receiving numerous scholarships and awards she designed the Icelandic pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 1997 in Italy. Although the main emphasis of her work lies in video and installation art she recently took part in an interactive performance by playing a violin that was digitally linked to activate movement in video images projected onto a large screen. She is presently working on two installations for the Arts Festival 2000 in Reykjavik, Island.