Dark matter

GROUP EXHIBITION at Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba. 14 March – 28 June 2015.
Julia Adzuki, Lisa Jeannin & Rolf Schuurmans, Valeria …

GROUP EXHIBITION at Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba. 14 March – 28 June 2015.
Julia Adzuki, Lisa Jeannin & Rolf Schuurmans, Valeria Montti Colque, Johan Thurfjell and Cecilia Ömalm.

27 May, 6 – 8 PM: Lecture and ritual-performance with Lisa Jeannin, Katarina Falkenberg and Erika Dickmark. Katarina Falkenberg, founder of the Alchemical Academy, introduce the performance-ritual with a lecture on alchemical traditions in relation to art.

THIS SPRING Botkyrka Konsthall presents a group exhibition that aims to highlight and explore “Dark Matter”, be it psychologically, spiritually, politically or scientifically speaking.

In science there is an intensifying quest to unravel the mystery behind the undetectable matter that accounts for 95% of what universe is made of. However, dark matter and dark energy remain an intriguing mystery that keeps baffling and inspiring physicists and astronomers worldwide.

Humankind has always sought knowledge of its place in the world and Universe giving expression to many myths and religions. The exhibition Dark Matter sets out to explore existential and cosmic dimensions through alchemical experiments, mythological stories and journeys into the mystical.

Since the dawn of industrialisation, art has been increasingly engaging in various aspects of mysticism and realms invisible to our everyday perception, something that could be explained in relation to a society that nurtures rational efficiency through technological progress. The artists in the exhibition approach the hidden and elusive areas in our world, something that may shed light on new ways to imagine and re-formulate what our world can be.

In this context, the actual art object can be viewed as an allegory of “dark matter” where the process behind the work, when communicated to the viewer, creates the experience. The art experience can be subversive, emotional, enlightening, provocative or perhaps confirmatory.

It can be all of the above or something entirely different.

JULIA ADZUKI sets out to evoke a sensual exchange between the body and its surroundings in order to approach an understanding of nature’s continuous interaction. She works with ephemeral materials such as ice and snow, or organic matters such as the kombucha culture. By combining wearable objects and somatic bodily movements, she explores the boundary between inner and outer landscapes.

LISA JEANNIN & ROLF SCHUURMANS are interested in alchemy and the healing power of plants. They explore the underlying patterns of the pure energy that permeates everything: people, nature and plants. In this comprehensive force field alchemical elixirs are created according to ancient principles based on the motto “to separate and assemble”. Lisa & Rolf want to show alternative ways of understanding the world and our existence in the Universe.

LISA JEANNIN & ROLF SCHUURMANS are interested in alchemy and the healing power of plants. They explore the underlying patterns of the pure energy that permeates everything: people, nature and plants. In this comprehensive and powerful field, alchemical elixirs are created according to ancient principles based on the motto “to separate and assemble”. Lisa & Rolf want to show alternative ways of understanding the world and our existence in the Universe.

VALERIA MONTTI COLQUE draws her inspiration from myths and religions from around the world. In her performances, installations, masks and photographs she creates a dense imagery where the human fear of evil jostles with the hope for goodness. Symbols of light and dark, order and chaos are converted into new meanings in the context that surrounds them. Central to Valeria’s work is, however, the individual and her journey through life.

JOHAN THURFJELL works with his very own personal universe and often dives into its subconscious aspects. He tells of how, after a year full of sad events, he ended up in Ireland where he became familiar with some of the country’s rich mythology. Among the creatures of these mythological stories, he found Dobar Cú, the dark wet hound that guards the gates to the underworld, a gate we all must pass through at some point in life.

CECILIA ÖMALM works with the many historical, spiritual, and psychological layers of architecture. She takes the viewer beyond the linear field and its physical dimensions. In her work, Cecilia is fascinated by sites and architectural elements that are loaded with symbolism: gates, mazes and temples. By putting together various fragments and perspective she opens up for the viewer a renewed experience of places and spatial conditions.

The exhibition also includes a scientific poster of dark matter’s distribution in the Universe generated by the Planck Institute satellite. Scientific discoveries are often presented in poster format as a simple way to explain something difficult and complex. We are here shown a model of something that has eluded scientists for decades. How do we best describe this phenomenon and are these models to be regarded as an absolute truth?

Dark Matter also includes a tarot card deck with illustrations by HIERONYMUS BOSCH. The deck is compiled by A. ATANASSOV and printed in 2001 by Lo Scarabeo in Italy. Hieronymus Bosch was an artist working during the 15th century in Holland. His multi-layered imagery, lavishly rich in symbolism, has inspired artists and mystics worldwide in their interpretations of the world.

14 March – 28 Jun. 2015
Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba

Julia Adzuki
Lisa Jeannin & Rolf Schuurmans
Valeria Montti Colque
Johan Thurfjell
Cecilia Ömalm

Joanna Sandell

Anna Jönsson

Patrick Dallard

LOCIS Publication

Locis book release

BOOK RELEASE: Saturday, 14th March, 12-15, Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba.

Locis was a two-year, three-country artist in residence programme where each …

BOOK RELEASE: Saturday, 14th March, 12-15, Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba.

Locis was a two-year, three-country artist in residence programme where each of the three partners sent and received a leading artist from their country to work with, and mentor groups of artists from all three regions. Each group met together three to four times throughout the year culminating in an exhibition and seminar for all participants which was representative of, or became the culmination of their time together.

The first edition of Locis in 2013 was thematically oriented towards the concept of space and how we use it, how the things we build are a manifestation of the society which we wish to develop for ourselves. The second edition of Locis in 2014 was based on an exploration of our physical, social and political environment, looking at alternative or self organized forms of artistic and social interaction.

As well as documenting the six residencies which made up the programme, this website also contains essays by three writers, and respondents, who were asked to reflect on the residencies happening in their country and to consider the likely impacts that residencies on that nature might have on the participants involved and the wider community. In addition, three other writers – Doreen Massey, Anik See and Saša Nabergoj were invited by the three curators to write an essay on a broader topic of specific interest to the three locations.

The two exhibition projects and seminars that took place in Botkyrka konsthall:
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One Million to One

You can view the book online online här, or buy a copy from Labyrint Press (kontakta oss).

Symposium: One Million to One, 24 October, 2014. Botkyrka konsthall. Photo: Simon Berg

Symposium: One Million to One, 24 October, 2014. Botkyrka konsthall. Photo: Simon Berg


Residence Botkyrka, Sweden
Dominic Stevens (IE)
Jorun Kugelberg (SE)
Elaine Reynolds (IE)
Mattias Åkeson (SE)
Ewa Axelrad (PL)

Centre of Contemporary Art in Torun, Poland
Jonas Nobel (SE)
Cathal Roche (IE)
Maja Hammarén (SE)
Arek Pasożyt (PL )
Patrycja Orzechowska (PL)

Leitrim Sculpture Centre / Leitrim Arts Office, Ireland
Jarosław Kozakiewicz (PL )
Ulrika Larsson (SE)
Natalia Wisniewska (PL)
Niall Walsh (IE)
Kathy O’Leary (IE)

Residence Botkyrka, Sweden
Aleksandra Wasilkowska (PL)
Agnes Mohlin (SE)
Luis Filipe Rocha (SE)
Naomi Draper (IE)
Magda Węgrzyn (PL )

Centre of Contemporary Art in Torun, Poland
Seamus Nolan (IE)
Liliana Piskorska (PL)
Dagmara Pochyła (PL )
Phoebe Dick (IE)
Emma Houlihan (IE)

The Dock / Leitrim Arts Office, Ireland
Johan Thurfjell (Se)
Julia Adzuki (SE)
Linda Shevlin (IE)
Brigitta Varadi (IE)
Karolina Żyniewicz (PL )

Labyrint Press
14 March, 12-15
Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba

Anik See
Saša Nabergoj
Doreen Massey
Sarah Kim
Joanne Laws
Natalia Cieślak

Pure Designs

Anneli Bäckman


one million to one

Seminar: 26 October, 11 am -4 pm in Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba. The exhibition takes place in Zöhre Alici’s bathroom in …

Seminar: 26 October, 11 am -4 pm in Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba. The exhibition takes place in Zöhre Alici’s bathroom in Fittja, and in Botkyrka konsthall.

The exhibition opens with a seminar in Botkyrka konsthall on 26 October, 11 am – 4 pm.
11.00 Welcome by Anneli Bäckman, curator at Botkyrka konsthall
11.15 Introduction to One Million to One by
Aleksandra Wasilkowska, architect and artist
12.00 Wet n’ Wild: Dr. Katarina Bonnevier,
architect, artist and research presents perspectives on bathrooms.
13.00 Lunch by Botkyrka Womens’ Resource Centre
14.00 Presentations by artists and architects:
Naomi Draper, Agnes Mohlin, Luis Filipe Rocha, Aleksandra Wasilkowska and Magda Wegrzyn.
15.15 Artists and architects in conversation with Zöhre Alici whose bathroom has become the exhibition space for One Million to One.
16.00 End of seminar.

One Million to One is an exhibition that takes place in the most private room of a home – the bathroom – and that is dedicated to one person alone. The exhibition challenges notions of ‘audience’ and ‘artwork’ in which the exhibition is usually the final destination of an artwork, a point where the work is presented to a broader audience. The art experience is usually intended for as many as possible. In One Million to One, the artists reverse Duchamp’s Fountain gesture in which an everyday object, a urinal, was reformulated into an artwork. Instead the artwork returns to the bathroom and becomes an exclusive object, hidden from the view of the broad public. Art is not eternal – it changes and vanishes, melting into our everyday lives with their invisible rituals and taboos. Or, as Stephen Hicks summarizes Duchamp’s message: ‘Art is something you piss on.’

The period between 1965 and 1974 saw a new phase in Sweden’s architectural history: the Million Programme (Miljonprogrammet). More than one million homes were produced in a very short space of time to meet the great shortage of housing at the time. It was a project based on a utopian dream of a good life for all but many of the areas it produced were soon drawn into a negative light and have increasingly earned a bad reputation.

Fittja was developed as part of the Million Programme in the southern suburbs of Stockholm in keeping with the architecture based on the modernistic paradigm: mass production, segregated spaces and standardized architecture.
In the project One Million to One we reverse the modernistic paradigm where society is perceived as a mass that can be controlled and easily repaired by master plans and rational arguments. Our strategy is to switch from large-scale to micro, unique and intimate gestures, from a million to one.

The starting-point for our work was the critical view on an existing context and tactics already produced. Our aim was not to invent or produce new knowledge but to reinterpret and add another layer to an already existing frame. During our residency, research and meetings with local artists and architects we discovered the publication SUPERFITTJA, an archive of artistic and architectural works dealing with different aspects of Fittja. The majority of the projects presented in the publication refer to the ideas of the sixties and seventies, like the utopias formulated by the influential architecture firm Superstudio; a dream of finding big solutions through the analysis of patterns, structures, flows and rules. The only project that focused on the human aspects and personal history was a work by Astrid Stenberg Linner called Meeting Zöhre, which, instead of analyzing buildings, focused on one person: ‘I have been working with Zöhre as an architect, redrawing her apartment. I did not find spectacular architectural dreams. I found out that the basic standards are very low and that she dreams of a clean bathroom.’

Continuing with this dream of a ‘clean bathroom’, our project can be considered as an additional layer on previous matter, a site-specific installation or exhibition as a gift from five independent artists to Zöhre. We consider Zöhre a one-person audience and we devote our work uniquely to her private view.

Zöhre has worked and lived with her family in Fittja for forty years but just like a large part of the population of Fittja she was born elsewhere – in Kulu, a small town in central Turkey. According to Slavoj Žižek the history and the shape of the toilet could be a reflection of national identity as well as being ideological – and the way we use it may reflect an entire society. Through the toilet and the bathroom – the smallest part of our domestic space – we want to rethink the notion of modern architecture, progress and regression, rituals of purification and modernist hygienic arguments; we are also looking for hybrid identities where different taboos, rituals, habits and cultures meet and the social protocol is shaped by this intimate space.

Locis is collaborative arts programme between Leitrim County Council Arts Office, which is the arts department of a rural local authority in Ireland; the Centre of Contemporary Art in Toruń, which is an arts centre in a large provincial town in Poland; and Residence Botkyrka, which is an artists’ residency programme in a suburb of Sweden’s capital city.More about Locis.

Locis and Residence Botkyrka invited Aleksandra Wasilkowska, architect and artist from Poland, to lead a residency workshop together with 4 artists and architects from Poland, Ireland and Sweden during the summer of 2014.

26 Oct. – 23 Nov. 2014
Bathroom in Fittja
& in Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba

Aleksandra Wasilkowska
Magda Wegrzyn
Agnes Mohlin
Luis Filipe Rocha
Naomi Draper

Anneli Bäckman
Anna Jönsson
Anne Pfennig

Patrick Dallard

Leitrim County Council, Ireland
The Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun, Poland
Residence Botkyrka, Sweden

EU Culture Programme

The Polish Institute


Remember the future

Opening: 25 October, 3 – 6 pm, the Cube in Fittja.
Exhibition period: 25 October – 23 November.

During the …

Opening: 25 October, 3 – 6 pm, the Cube in Fittja.
Exhibition period: 25 October – 23 November.

During the spring of 2014 Jakob Wiklander and Nils Sandström have investigated the parallel stories about Fittja, both narratives from the inside and the outside and what relations these might have to the built
environment. Many stories mainly existing outside of Fittja have had a one-sided focus, which risks many of the specific qualities and potentials of the area to become overlooked.

Through the photogenic quality of its houses Fittja has often become a backdrop and a projection surface when discussing a certain kind of societal matters in general. Media have sought to turn a form of architecture into its symbol, when signaling a certain kind of narrative. This type of narrative presents itself as an argument with an established foundation, when using this symbol language for its discussion. This project seeks ways and methods to infiltrate and destabilise these simplified versions of reality.

With this as a starting point this projekt has sought to imagine a typological extension of the family of house types in Fittja, which would be situated beyond the reach of the stigmatizing debate about the environments stemming from the Million Programme era. The addition is not meant to be a response to a certain need, but rather as a mean to work in tune with the existing housing, in order to investigate qualities and generate a deeper understandning of this type of environment.

To achieve unison with the existing character of the neighborhood the typological extension has derived its groundwork from stories from the area, as well from the inhabitants of today as from plans that were never realised. This in order to investigate a perspective on this type of environment, to gain a better understanding of its presuppositions for the future.

Exhibition opening hours:
Saturday 8 Nov. 1 – 4 pm
Sunday 16 Nov. 1 – 4 pm
Sunday 23 Nov. 1 – 4 pm

To book a viewing outside of the opening hours, contact:

25 Oct. – 23 Nov. 2014
The Cube, Fittja
Värdshusvägen 6

Jakob Wiklander
Nils Sandström

Nya biennalen

New Biennial for art & architecture in Botkyrka

Opening hours in Fittja (Fittja Kitchen and the Cube): Thursdays 4 – 7 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1 – 4 …

Opening hours in Fittja (Fittja Kitchen and the Cube): Thursdays 4 – 7 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1 – 4 pm. Lectures in the Cube on Fridays 10 – 12 am.

Upcoming programme:

Thurs. 2 Oct, 4 – 7 pm, the Fittja Kitchen
WORKSHOP: ideas for the future kitchen, make your own kitchen towel together with Anne Pfennig and Anna Jönsson.

Fri. 3 Oct, kl. 10 am – 2 pm, start at the Cube
TALK & WALK: with Giulia Fiocca and Lorenzo Romito from Stalker (IT) organized together with Peter Lang, Mejan Arc, KKH (In English) For more information.

Weekend 4 – 5 Oct. 1 – 4 pm
Junior Residence collect ideas about the Fittja Kitchen and introduces the New Biennail, James Webb’s video work Le Marché Oriental is shown in the Cube.

Thurs. 9 Oct. 4 – 9, the Fittja Kitchen
WORKSHOP: what would you like to build in connection to the Fittja Kitchen? Gandalf Adelbrandt, artist and carpenter, explore the possibilities of your ideas.

Fri. 10 Oct. 10 am -12.45 pm, the Cube
Double lecture by Professor Peter Lang, Mejan Arc, KKH and Professor Markus Bader from raumlaborberlin.
Peter Lang will present his on-going work on diagramming and categorising living contexts. Putting together an urban pattern language on the spaces of mass rallies, border zones, sleeper zones, slip zones and time vaults.

Markus Bader will present recent works by raumlaborberlin.

All talks in English.

In collaboration with the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm och KTH – School of Architecture, and with support from Goethe-Institut Schweden.

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.

13 Sept. – 12 Oct. 2014

Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba
Fittja Kitchen Container
The Cube, Fittja
Fittja fields
and at various locations
in Fittja

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.

Joanna Sandell
Tor Lindstrand
Anneli Bäckman
Katrin Behdjou Arshi
Miriam Andersson Blecher
Martin Rørtoft

Anna Jönsson
Johanna Fogel

Kerstin Gezelius
Saadia Hussain

Anne Pfennig

KTH – School of Architecture
the Multicultural Centre
Botkyrka Womens’ Resource
Swedish Arts Council
Gertrude & Ivar Philipsons Stiftelse
Goethe-Institut Schweden
Fredricsons Trä

Photo: Simon Berg