Botkyrka konsthall is launching a new platform for art, food and architecture in Fittja during the Fittja Festival, 5-7 June!
Join us for a couple of eventful days with workshop: create your own Fittja spice mixture, “fredagsmys” and popcorn creations, collective container mural paintings, an online performance-lecture with Cooking Sections, transform an old tree to an instrument, conversations over a “fika” on how to collectively create a new space for art, food and architecture in Fittja, and much more!
Fittjaköket + FörOrten is Botkyrka konsthall’s extended programme in Fittja. It is a meeting place for the community, artists, architects, chefs and others to develop ideas on how a future art institution can form in Fittja. In a few years Botkyrka konsthall will open a new space for art in Fittja.
The idea to create a social artistic platform has grown out of the many projects from Residence Botkyrka’s international residency programme where artists, architects and chefs have been working site-specifically in close collaboration with residents, schools and local organisations.
A platform for art, food
& architecture in Fittja.
Giovanni Naves, artist/chef
Julia Adzuki, artist
Cooking Sections, artists
Kelly Tsipni-Kolaza, guest curator, Residence Botkyrka
Students from KTH School of Architecture
Schoolchildren from Fittjaskolan
Kerstin Gezelius, art pedagogue
Saadia Hussain, art pedagogue
Anne Pfennig, guest curator, Residence Botkyrka
Katrin Behdjou Arshi, curator
Miriam Andersson Blecher
Gertrude och Ivar Philipsons stiftelse
KTH School of Architecture
7 June, 1-4 pm, Fittjaköket + FörOrten
Emerging from parallel residencies in Jaffa and Fittja, the artist duo Cooking Sections and curator-in-residence Kelly Tsipni Kolaza present Orange Trees That Talk.
ORANGE TREES THAT TALK is a mediated performance that will take place at Fittja Festival organised by Botkyrka Konsthall in the suburbs of Stockholm.
Drawing on the relationship between landscape, history and urban architecture, Orange Trees That Talk will explore social, agricultural and economic realities in such ostensibly disparate areas of the planet as Jaffa and Fittja. Focusing on the invention of the famous Jaffa oranges, Cooking Sections will trace unexpected connections through capitalist patterns of global circulation and power structures while mapping out differences and similarities in schemes of urban development.
Over the course of three hours and as part of their Empire Remains project, Cooking Sections will be broadcasting live from Jaffa where they will engage in the personification task of interviewing Orange Trees to learn about the historic and contemporary condition of an urbanised landscape of orchards. The performance will take the various forms of lo-fi advertisements, on and off vocal interventions and intermittent disruptions.
COOKING SECTIONS (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners based out of London. It was born to explore the systems that organize the WORLD through FOOD. Using installation, performance, mapping and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. Cooking Sections was part of the exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their work has also been exhibited at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin; Storefront for Art & Architecture New York; dOCUMENTA(13); Peggy Guggenheim Collection; CA2M; the Bartlett; ETSAM; TEDx Talks Madrid; Fiorucci Art Trust London; ACC Weimar; SOS 4.8; HKW Berlin; 2014 Biennale INTERIEUR Kortrijk; and have been 2014 residents in The Politics of Food at Delfina Foundation, London.
KALLIOPI TSIPNI KOLAZA is an independent curator based between London and Athens. She holds an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Westminster. In 2013 she was an associate curator of the Maldives Pavilion for the 55th Venice Biennale. Over the past four years she has worked for various public art institutions in London such as the Serpentine Galleries, The Architecture Foundation and the Contemporary Art Society. She is part of the Mnemoscape curatorial board and she has recently been awarded the Samos International Curatorial Fellowship 2015.
This project was developed through CuratorLab at Konstfack University College for Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden.
With thanks to: Joanna Warsza, Nina Möntmann, Hadrian Garrard, Helen Nisbet, Tor Lindstrand, Claire Tancons and Botkyrka Konsthall
Image: Proposal for Fittja, Tor Lindstrand
Orange Trees That Talk
Fittjaköket + FörOrten
7 June, 1-4 pm
Kelly Tsipni Kolaza
CuratorLab, Konstfack University College for Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm
Joanna Warsza, Nina Möntmann, Hadrian Garrard, Helen Nisbet, Tor Lindstrand, Claire Tancons
GRÖNSAKSPROGRAMMET – The Vegetable Program
28 May – 31 August, Multicultural Centre, Fittja.
What would happen if one million balconies was transformed into co-operative allotments dedicated to the production of vegetables?
Over the last two years students from KTH School of Architecture have been working in the neighbourhoods of Northern Botkyrka south of Stockholm, looking into housing, public space, institutions and life. For the spring semester of 2015 we have created a project around the many balconies in the area. The project is presented as an exhibition and full scale operational models of two balconies that will work as the vegetable and herb garden for the restaurant at the Multicultural Centre (MKC).
The Vegetable Programme
28 May – 31 Aug.
Studio 2, KTH-A
KTH School of Architecture
in collaboration with
GROUP EXHIBITION at Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba. 14 March – 6 September, 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 – 6 Sept. 2015
Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba
Lisa Jeannin & Rolf Schuurmans
Valeria Montti Colque
Residence Botkyrka is Botkyrka konsthall’s context-specific residency programme active within the interdisciplinary field of art, architecture, food and social practices. The programme encourages new forms of artistic research and art practices that engage in a local context, involving the community and supports projects that require longer stays.
Developing Nordic Cities is open to artists, architects, activists, designers and curators based in Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Åland, Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania.
Grant holders receive a stipend of 11000 SEK/month and are offered living and working space in an apartment as well as support for travel expenses. There is also a small production budget, and artists are supported with networks and curatorial assistance during their stay. Each artist is committed for a 2 months stay (sometimes it is possible to divide the stay into two periods).
Deadlines for application:
10 June 2015 for the residency period: July 2015 – January 2016
10 December 2015 for the residency period: January – June 2016
10 May 2016 for the residency period: June – December 2016
10 December 2016 for the residency period: January – June 2017
10 May 2017 for the residency period: June – December 2017
Please send us a personal letter together with a CV/bio and documentation of your practice. There should also be documented knowledge of community arts practice. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Botkyrka is part of Greater Stockholm and is one of Sweden’s most international municipalities with people from more than 160 different countries speaking around 100 languages. Residence Botkyrka promotes context-based art exploring the possibilities of art to influence a place and its identity. Residence Botkyrka works in public spaces and supports projects that are difficult to implement without a prolonged stay. Residence Botkyrka is also interested in the issues of co-creation and how the interaction between people can contribute to social change.
Botkyrka konsthall is currently in the process of creating a new contemporary arts institution in the neighbourhood of Fittja, a process that involves the local community, cultural organisations, schools and collaborations with KTH School of Architecture, Royal Institite of Art in Stockholm, among others. The new institution also grows from the knowledge produced by the artists, curators, architects and thinkers from Residence Botkyrka. There are also opportunities for artists-in-residence to discuss projects and ideas for the New Biennial for Art & Architecture that opens for the second time in September 2017.
In 2014, Residence Botkyrka presented the Fittja Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale where artists and architects participated with art and architectural research projects. The Fittja Pavilion was listed as one of the most interesting exhibitions at the biennial by the international Magazine Domus.
Residence Botkyrka is run by Botkyrka konsthall and is a collaboration between the Department of Culture and Leisure, the Department of Urban Planning, the housing company Botkyrkabyggen, and the Multicultural Centre, a municipal foundation that is engaged in research, education and cultural events, and has a mission to study and promote a society where diversity is reflected in Sweden’s national self-image and where migration is a natural part of the Swedish cultural heritage. This cooperation enables different people, such as urban planners and researchers, to contribute with knowledge and networks to the visiting grant holders.
Botkyrka municipality aims to promote a sustainable community development: ecological, social and economic. There is also an emphasis on the citizen’s perspective and possibilities for the community to influence and partake in the programme. This also permeates Residence Botkyrka.
Resident Botkyrka stipend holders are also shortlisted for future public art commissions in the municipality of Botkyrka.
Contact: Anneli Bäckman, Curator
Developing Nordics Cities
Deadline: 10 June, 2015
Nordic Culture Point
Photo: Simon Berg
Ayhan Aydin, residence artist,
Fittja Open 2013
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.
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 )
14 March, 12-15
Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba