When the New Biennial for Art and Architecture in Botkyrka opens on Saturday the 13th of September, at Botkyrka konsthall in Tumba and in Fittja, it’s with a focus on the intersection between contemporary art and architecture en route to a new art institution. Botkyrka konsthall will open a space for contemporary art in Fittja after five years of running the residence programme, Residence Botkyrka. With an apartment in Fittja as their base, artists and architects have over the past few years created site-specific works that explore the possibilities of Sweden’s Million Programme (the plan to build one million housing units during the years 1965–75 in Sweden).
In connection with the 14th International Architecture Biennale, Botkyrka konsthall presented the Fittja Pavilion in Venice, where its residency artists and architects presented artworks, ideas and models that now take new forms for the New Biennial for Art and Architecture in Botkyrka. The Fittja Pavilion in Venice, which goes on until 7 September, has had several thousand international visitors and was mentioned in the magazine Domus as one of the most interesting exhibitions linked to the architecture biennial.
Botkyrka konsthall in Fittja is a place that extends through a borough and a housing area. Sometimes the spaces are pre-existing buildings – like the Cube above Ungdomens Hus, or momentarily housed in association premises. In other cases art is presented in the public space or in temporary buildings such as the kitchen container from Cape Town that will be Botkyrka konsthall’s first addition in the form of new architecture in Fittja. Botkyrka konsthall in Fittja is an arts institution that is open to future practices of contemporary art and architecture; it is an institution that grows organically, that operates internationally through the local context and that produces new knowledge rather than representing the already existing.
Botkyrka konsthall’s kitchen container that will be activated by OPENrestaurant and Ayhan Aydin along with local initiatives, will be joined by another container in the autumn, which will take the form of a changeable project space. The reworked containers were designed by the architect Michael Orchard and will be placed directly below Fittja’s subway station, facing the meadow. During the New Biennial for Art and Architecture, artworks and projects by participating artists and architects will be presented there as well as in other sites around Fittja.
Pia Sandström will make a temporary display of the artists’ books project Labyrint Press, which will continuously be updated with new work, most recently with Karl-Jonas Winqvist’s music blogg Music for Xaba and Lorenzo Nasimbeni’s spatial illustration of a future library. Mako Ishizuka will perform and document a welcoming ceremony for the new container site and the new space for contemporary art. Jelena Rundqvist and Aron Kullander-Östling will create the improvised fanzine Sumlen that takes its point of departure from the area and the processes that occur in connection with the opening of the New Biennial. Elena Mazzi’s large-scale installation Reflecting Venice will be integrated with the containers in the course of the spring. The work is an advanced interplay of art, ecology and technology for which the artist has worked with physicists from Isomorph Production. During the New Biennial, visitors get to see the drawings that the installation is based on, as well as a video piece. The art and agriculture collective Kultivator has designed closed system compost toilet for the Fittja Kitchen that will presented through a workshop.
In the Cube above Ungdomens Hus, James Webb’s video installation Le Marché Oriental (2008) can be seen. The artwork is set in a disused Apartheid-era shopping mall in Cape Town’s infamous District Six, a few weeks before it was torn down to make way for luxury apartments. District Six’s Sheikh Mogamat Moerat from the area’s mosque sings the adhan (call to prayer) in the derelict building.
Botkyrkas konsthall’s educational studio presents the work of Junior Residence and Påhittiga Konstkollot:
5 ytor 5 berättelser [5 surfaces 5 stories] is a Junior Residence Dream Team project that showcases the voices and expressions of the youth regarding change in Botkyrka. Dream Team transformed and activated the Fittja Pavilion during the architecture biennial in Venice and during the New Biennial for Art and Architecture they will guide visitors around the exhibition and Fittja. Transformations, a slide show documenting the creative process in Venice, will be shown in the studio at the Multicultural Centre on Saturday, 13 September. The sound artwork Soundtrack of Fittja can be heard on the Internet as well as at a variety of sites in Fittja. In the Påhittiga Konstkollot’s work Alla får ta plats! [Everyone may be heard!] twelve chairs have been set out in Fittja, giving the youth a forum to express themselves.
In Botkyrka konsthall Johanna Billing’s video I’m gonna live anyhow until I die (2012) will be shown in Sweden for the first time. The point of departure of the artwork that is set in Rome is a project that was arranged to celebrate Italy’s 150 years of unification and that was produced in a collaboration between MAC, Belfast and Fondazione Sandretto re Rebaudengo, Turin from 2010 to 2012. The main characters in I’m gonna live anyhow until I die are five children that seem to be curious time travellers of sorts on a journey through the streets of Rome.
Tor Lindstrand’s intricate thought experiment Towards an Institution, a multimedia collage of ideas and questions aimed at opening up for a conversation on architecture and art institutions as the driving forces behind processes of change is also presented at Botkyrka konsthall. Tor Lindstrand has also invited the architect duo DK-CM and in collaboration with students from the KTH School of Architecture.
SATURDAY 13 SEPTEMBER
12 – 3 pm Opening in Botkyrka konsthall in Tumba:
Johanna Billing, Tor Lindstrand
1 pm Introduction to the exhibition at 1 pm (Joanna, Miriam, Tor)
2.30 pm Bus from Botkyrka konsthall to Fittja
3 – 7 pm Opening of the programme in Fittja at various locations.
3 pm introduction by the Fittja Kitchen Container (Joanna, Anneli, Katrin)
3 – 5 pm Workshop ”Open Thought for an Open Kitchen” (Kerstin, Saadia)
3 – 7 pm Botkyrka Womens Resource Centre presents various dishes with organic vegetables.
4 – 6 pm Workshop with Kultivator together with Steuart Wright, South Africa and Adam Nyandikila Nkelanza, Tanzania, where they discuss and work around attitudes and practical ecology connecting kitchens and toilets. The outcome of the workshops aims at a future installation of a Humus kitchen.
5 – 7 pm OPENrestaurant and Ayhan Aydin invites everyone to sample dishes from the Fittja Kitchen.
SUNDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
12 – 3 pm Exhibition in Botkyrka konsthall in Tumba: Johanna Billing, Tor Lindstrand
1– 4 pm Programme in Fittja at various locations.
1 – 3 pm Workshop: ”Open Thought for an Open Kitchen” (Kerstin, Saadia)
2 – 4 pm Workshop with Kultivator et al.
2 – 4 pm OPENrestaurant and Ayhan Aydin invites everyone to sample dishes from the Fittja Kitchen.
13 Sept. – 12 Oct. 2014
Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba
Fittja Kitchen Container
The Cube, Fittja
and at various locations
Mats Andersson (Sweden), Ayhan Aydin (Sweden), Johanna Billing (Sweden), DK-CM (UK/Portugal), Döne Delibas (Sweden), Derek Gripper (South Africa), Mako Ishizuka (Japan/Sweden), Junior Residence (Sweden), Aron Kullander-Östling (Sweden), Kultivator (Sweden), Thomas Liljenberg (Sweden), Tor Lindstrand (Sweden), Elena Mazzi (Italy), Militza Monteverde (Sweden), Lorenzo Nassimbeni (South Africa), OPENrestaurant (USA), Michael Orchard (South Africa), Jelena Rundqvist (Sweden), Bo Samuelsson (Sweden), Pia Sandström (Sweden), James Webb (South Africa), Jakob Wiklander (Sweden), Karl-Jonas Winqvist (Sweden), Steuart Wright (South Africa), Tarek Zaki (Egypt), and others.
Katrin Behdjou Arshi
Miriam Andersson Blecher
KTH – School of Architecture
the Multicultural Centre
Botkyrka Womens’ Resource
Swedish Arts Council
Gertrude & Ivar Philipsons Stiftelse
Photo: Tor Lindstrand