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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.

PROGRAMME
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.


EXHIBITION:
14 March – 28 Jun. 2015
Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba

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

CURATOR:
Joanna Sandell

PRODUCER:
Anna Jönsson

TECHNICIAN:
Patrick Dallard

Open Call: Developing Nordic Cities

Open Call: Developing Nordic Cities

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA: Call for applications!

Residence Botkyrka is Botkyrka konsthall’s context-specific residency programme active within the interdisciplinary field of art, …

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA: Call for applications!

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, Sweden, 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: botkyrkakonsthall@botkyrka.se

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
anneli.backman@botkyrka.se

Supported by:
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RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA
Open Call:
Developing Nordics Cities

Deadline: 10 June, 2015

Supported by:
Kulturkontakt Nord
Nordic Culture Point

Photo: Simon Berg
Ayhan Aydin, residence artist,
Fittja Open 2013

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

ARTISTS 2013:

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)

ARTISTS 2014:
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 )

BOOK RELEASE:
LOCIS
Labyrint Press
14 March, 12-15
Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba

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

GRAPHIC DESIGN:
Pure Designs

EDITOR:
Anneli Bäckman

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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.

ABOUT LOCIS
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.


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

ARTISTS:
Aleksandra Wasilkowska
Magda Wegrzyn
Agnes Mohlin
Luis Filipe Rocha
Naomi Draper

CURATOR TEAM:
Anneli Bäckman
Anna Jönsson
Anne Pfennig

TECHNICIAN:
Patrick Dallard

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

SUPPORT:
EU Culture Programme

THANKS:
The Polish Institute

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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:
jakob.wiklander@gmail.com
nils.sandstrom@gmail.com


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

ARCHITECTS:
Jakob Wiklander
Nils Sandström