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Residence Botkyrka: Seher Uysal

Welcome to the artist talk “Books on Almost About Everything (and Nothing)” with Seher Uysal from Istanbul in Residence Botkyrka’s …

Welcome to the artist talk “Books on Almost About Everything (and Nothing)” with Seher Uysal from Istanbul in Residence Botkyrka’s apartment.

Saturday 10th June, 4-6 PM
Residence Botkyrka, Krögarvägen 26 in Fittja (metro: Fittja)

Seher Uysal, Ph.D. (1983, Istanbul) is an independent researcher and visual artist. She studied Communication and Social Sciences at the beginning of her career then changed her field of study and finished her master’s degree in Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts. Holding a Ph.D degree in Arts, she has an academic focus. Consistent with the variety of her educational interests, her investigations as a visual artist and a researcher vary in many different forms and disciplines: images and imagery, everyday studies, history, and art education. After working as a lecturer in 2012 and 2013 in Kocaeli University, Fine Arts Faculty; she has started to research on education models and is a proud member of the teaching team in Nesin Art Village which concentrates on alternative art education in Turkey. She published articles and interviews in many magazines and academic periodicals about art and visual culture.

Seher is currently the artist in residence at Kultivera in Tranås where she is also curating three projects in public space (Recycle, Project K., and Studio Bibliotek).

This spring, AllArtNow is presenting a series of programmes in Residence Botkyrka’s apartment on Krögarvägen 26 in Fittja. Everyone is invited for an afternoon get-together, meeting artists and neighbours for talks and presentations.

In collaboration with AllArtNow and Kultivera A-I-R in Tranås.

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA

DATE & TIME
10 June, 4 – 6 PM
Krögarvägen 26, Fittja

ARTIST
Seher Uysal

COLLABORATION
AllArtNow & Kultivera, Tranås

Photograph from Negro Life in Georgia, 1900. Vol. 4. Album compiled by WEB DuBois. Library of Congress, USA.

Temi Odumosu: a silent lecture

Black body politics for 2016: A silent lecture* by Temi Odumosu 18 October, 5-7 PM Residence Botkyrka (kitchen windown and …

Black body politics for 2016: A silent lecture* by Temi Odumosu
18 October, 5-7 PM
Residence Botkyrka (kitchen windown and living room), Krögarvägen 26 in Fittja.

This 15-minute visual meditation will travel through Europe’s cultural archive and explore how people of African descent have been represented there. It will reflect on a long history of real and symbolic power relations, and pinpoint stereotypes that have continued in the present day. At the same time, the work of contemporary Black artists will provide examples of activist and counter-image making practices. Using the agency of silence as a tool for enabling people to decide for themselves, this intervention asks the critical question: Who is the subject?

*Note: Although this is a silent intervention, Dr Temi Odumosu will be available for further questions and discussion over coffee and cake

Dr Temi Odumosu is an art historian based in Copenhagen. During the autumn and winter 2016-17 she is participating in Residence Botkyrka’s programme “Developing Nordic Cities” supported by Nordic Culture Point.

A Little Closer – Making connections through archives
How can we attend to the past whilst honouring the needs of the present? This is a critical question for Art historian and artistic researcher Dr Temi Odumosu, whose professional practice has been focussed on decolonising museum and archive collections. During her residency she will embark on a process of archival excavation to find traces of diverse cultural memories, presences and systems of knowledge in the Botkyrke region. Dr Odumosu defines archives simply as repositories for storing, looking after, and producing knowledge(s), therefore they can be institutions, landscapes, single artefacts, or even people.

In addition to conducting both traditional and intuitive research, Dr Odumosu will create material moments (or contact points) in public spaces, where the outcomes of her findings are exhibited in mixed media. The overall idea is very simple: to prototype methods for expanding cultural awareness, whilst at the same time seeking to create links of empathetic connection between people and communities. She asks: Can archives be used creatively to share identity, meaning and experience across varying landscapes (urban spaces, villages, forests, the sea)?

During her residency period Dr Odumosu will give a public presentation on her scholarly research investigating the African presence in 18th century British art. She will also conduct smaller workshops as part of the New Biennial for Art & Architecture in Botkyrka.

Dr Temi Odumosu is an art historian, creative educator, and postdoctoral researcher for the Living Archives Research Project at Malmö University. Her international research and curatorial practice is concerned with the visual politics of slavery and colonialism, Africa in the archives, Afro-Diaspora aesthetics, and more broadly questioning how images influence and challenge authentic human recognition. Her upcoming book Africans in English Caricature 1769-1819: Black Jokes, White Humour will be published by Brepols (2016).

Website: www.temiodumosu.com

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA
Temi Odumosu

PERIODS
October, 2016
January, 2017

PROGRAMME
Developing Nordic Cities /
Nordic Culture Point

IMAGE
Photograph from Negro Life in Georgia, 1900. Vol. 4. Album compiled by WEB DuBois. Library of Congress, USA.

MuseumofPreservingCity

The Museum of Preserving City

A presentation of the project ”The Museum of Preserving City”. Sunday 29 May, 6-9 PM at Krögarvägen 26 in Fittja.…

A presentation of the project ”The Museum of Preserving City”.
Sunday 29 May, 6-9 PM at Krögarvägen 26 in Fittja.

Abir Boukhari from Syria is curator-in-residence during the spring and summer at Residence Botkyrka. She is the co-founder of AllArtNow, an independent contemporary arts platform that was launched in 2005 in Damascus together with artist Nisrine Boukhari. A neglected house in the old city of Damascus served as AllArtNow’s laboratory for art, a hub for emerging artistic practice and a meeting point for local and international artists to exchange creative ideas and form collaborations. Since July 2012, AllArtNow closed its doors in Syria to open it to Syrian refugee families and starts to work in different places in the world as a nomadic space.

In the ongoing project the Museum of Preserving City, Abir is exploring the many layers of a city, its history and memory. Every city has its own story, created by its inhabitants and filtered through their realities, everyday struggles, pains, dreams and hopes. In the Museum of Preserving City the story is focused at Damascus, the city that is known as one of the oldest in the world. It was here that Abir was born, raised and where she lived with her family. She observed the many phases of the city until the war made it impossible to stay. Today, Damascus is considered to be one of the most dangerous places, tormented by the brutalities of the war.

The project includes artworks from different phases: the past, the recent past and the present and vision about future. Abir is interested in building an archive made by artists who have experienced the city. The archive consists of artworks from a variety of media; it is an attempt to build a conceptual artistic archive of Damascus and its current situation, as a basis for the audience and those who might be interested as experts to understand the creative point of view of the artists before and during the war.

The Museum of Preserving City take the form of different artistic events (exhibitions, talks, workshops, etc.) set out to discuss how we could produce appropriate spaces in society that suits that changes of life. Questions that Abir wants to raise are:

Are we going to be able to take part in the rebuilding of our damaged city and our affected fragmented society who are suffering from the most horrifying war in their modern history? Are we going to be able to rescue our rich diversity which gives Syria the beauty and richness in its culture? Are we going to participate altogether to curate the peace process by using art and its sociopolitical engagement? The Museum of Preserving City aims to share the city with the world and incite others to think about it.

Curator: Abir Boukhari
In collaboration with CuratorLab, Konstfack & Botkyrka konsthall / Residence Botkyrka.

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA
“The Museum of Preserving City”
CURATOR
Abir Boukhari

Date: Sunday 29 May
Time: 6-9 PM
Address: Krögarvägen 26, Fittja

ARTISTS
Amer Akel
Barbara Caveng
Maha Shahin
Michael Windle
Mahmoud Dayoub
Muhammad Ali
Nisrine Boukhari

COLLABORATION
CuratorLab, Konstfack

Photo credit: Nisrine Boukhari
“The Day Before..”
Videoinstallation, 2010

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, 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 December 2015 for the residency period: January – June 2016
10 June 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:
KKN_lo-res_dk

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA
Open Call:
Developing Nordics Cities

Deadline: 10 June, 2016

Supported by:
Kulturkontakt Nord
Nordic Culture Point

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

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The Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art

Welcome to a Kitchen Talk with The Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art, Robyn Cook and Lauren von Gogh …

Welcome to a Kitchen Talk with The Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art, Robyn Cook and Lauren von Gogh who are the current artists-in-residence in Fittja:

Date: December 16.
Time: 2-4 PM.
Place: The Arts Grants Committee, The kitchen.
Address: Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm

The Sober and Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art was started by Lauren von Gogh and Robyn Cook in 2011. The Institute is a platform for artistic practice as well as an artistic authorship in itself.

The Institute is currently mobile, with a permanent library (the Sober & Lonely Library for Science Fiction, Feminism and Misc – SLLSFFM) housed in a cupboard in New Doornfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa. The Institute is an extension of Sober & Lonely’s artistic practice to create a platform of sharing and engagement between like-minded people and organizations, functioning as a space for research and experimentation and hosting artists in residence.

In December 2015 Lauren von Gogh and Robyn Cook will start their first residency period through Residence Botkyrka of Botkyrka konsthall, contributing towards a new contemporary arts institution in Fittja.

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA
The Sober and Lonely
Institute for Contemporary Art
12-23 December, 2015

KITCHEN TALK
16 December 2-4 PM
Iaspis

COLLABORATION
Iaspis
Tumba

breezeyoko

Conversations with Breeze Yoko

Conversations with Breeze Yoko, Johannesburg, in Botkyrka Konsthall, Tumba Tuesday 24 November 2-4 PM.

What happens to a city and …

Conversations with Breeze Yoko, Johannesburg, in Botkyrka Konsthall, Tumba
Tuesday 24 November 2-4 PM.

What happens to a city and all its cultures and subcultures in the wake of systematic segregation? Meet artist Breeze Yoko in a conversation about Johannesburg and the awakening opposition among South Africa’s youth.

The student uprisings #Feesmustfall began in the spring of 2015 with a resistance to colonial symbols such as the statue of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town. Since then, wave after wave of student demonstrations have occurred throughout South Africa. Breeze Yoko will give us an insight into South Africa some 20 years after the fall of apartheid, where more and more youth are organizing themselves and demanding their rights.

Breeze Yoko is artist in residence at Residence Botkyrka in November, he is active within the field of graffiti, painting, film and around issues of self-organization and self-empowerment, inspired by the “Black Consciousness Movement” a pan-Africanist vision of a united Africa among liberated black Africans, lead by Steve Biko in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Breeze Yoko is a Johannesburg-based award winning multidisciplinary artist and curator specialising in video/film and graffiti. Yoko has participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, and in urban art projects in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Senegal, Germany, France, and many more. His films have won awards at the Tricontinental Film Festival, South Africa; Special mention in the Sienna Film Festival, Italy; and Dak’Art, Senegal. He recently painted murals in over 13 countries traveling mostly overland from Lagos to Amsterdam.

Breeze’s whimsical yet powerful murals unfurl a kind of humanity and beauty that re-imagine their environments. In a search for new methods to ‘read the city’, Yoko uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and political issues. The work incorporates time as well as space in a fictional and experiential universe. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, he finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humour that echoes our own vulnerabilities. Yoko also considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous and constant change. His work is also concerned with pan-Africanism, and the reclaiming and forging of old and new “schemes, forms and strategies” in the realms of culture and politics.

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA
Breeze Yoko
16 – 29 nov. 15

SAMTAL
24 nov. kl 14-16
Botkyrka konsthall
Tumba

Talk: Marnie Badham

Welcome to a talk with Dr. Marnie Badham (Australia) regarding Community Arts Engagement and the Spectres of Evaluation.

November 11th, …

Welcome to a talk with Dr. Marnie Badham (Australia) regarding Community Arts Engagement and the Spectres of Evaluation.

November 11th, 3-4 pm.
Location: Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba

Join us for a conversation with Dr Marnie Badham who will discuss her research into cultural value, community arts and evaluation. Badham served as research fellow on a 3 year Australian Research Council project on Aesthetics/Evaluation, resulting in an edited book, Making Culture Count: The Politics of Cultural Measurement recently published with Palgrave McMIllan.

Dr Marnie Badham convenes the Master of Arts and Community Practice program at at the University of Melbourne. As an artist-researcher using practice-led and participatory methodologies, her expertise includes socially-engaged arts and politics of cultural measurement. She holds a Melbourne Social Equity Institute Post Doctoral Award to examine ‘the social turn’ in artist residencies. Her current research includes collaborations with scholars and cultural workers in Australia’s Northern Territory, South East Asia, the UK, and North America. Marnie presents and publishes her work internationally and maintains her arts practice through residencies and curatorial projects.

Dr Marnie Badham is a guest at Residence Botkyrka, 8 – 13 November, 2015.

TALK
11 Novemeber, 3-4 PM
Botkyrka konsthall
Tumba

orangetreesthattalk

Orange Trees That Talk

Performance lecture 7 June, 1-4 pm, Fittjaköket + FörOrten

Emerging from parallel residencies in Jaffa and Fittja, the artist duo …

Performance lecture
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

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA
PERFORMANCE
Orange Trees That Talk
Fittjaköket + FörOrten
Fittja

DATE
7 June, 1-4 pm

PARTICIPANTS
Cooking Sections
Kelly Tsipni Kolaza

COLLABORATIONS
Residence Botkyrka
CuratorLab, Konstfack University College for Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm

THANKS
Joanna Warsza, Nina Möntmann, Hadrian Garrard, Helen Nisbet, Tor Lindstrand, Claire Tancons

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

whatcanbedescribed

“What can be described can also take place”

December, 14 – January, 26, Botkyrka konsthall

Artists: Dominic Stevens, Jorun Kugelberg, Elaine Reynolds, Mattias Åkeson and Ewa Axelrad in …

December, 14 – January, 26, Botkyrka konsthall

Artists: Dominic Stevens, Jorun Kugelberg, Elaine Reynolds, Mattias Åkeson and Ewa Axelrad in collaboration with Steve Press.


January 26, 10.30-15.30 Symposium: “What can be described can also take place” (in English).
RSVP to: botkyrkakonsthall@botkyrka.se.

To mark the end of the exhibition “What can be described can also take place” a symposium is taking place. This symposium will work with and expand upon the ideas presented in the show concerning particular themes around the relationship between body and space, ideas around architecture as a social product, the ways in which architectural space exerts control and the relationship between formally and informally created space, between permanence and transience.

We will have two principle speakers:

Ylva Frid of Spridd Architects talks about FITTJA PEOPLES PALACE. Spridd Architects prize winning entry in Nordic competition on renovation of the million housing program. Spridd work with the vision of a Green Social Architecture. The vision of the sustainability concept includes both social relationships and human behaviour and flows.

Prof. Elizabeth Hatz Talks about NOTHING
‘Your paintings are like my films; they are about nothing…with precision.’ Michelangelo Antonioni to Mark Rothko (1962) Elizabeth Hatz is a practicing architect, professor and art curator, sharing her time between practice, research and teaching positions at UL Ireland and KTH Stockholm.

Programme:
10.30 Coffee
11.00 Welcome and introductions by Joanna Sandell, director Botkryka Konsthall
11.30 Ylva Frid of Spridd Architects
12.15 Elizabeth Hatz
13.00 Lunch
14.00 A Conversation with Fittja 5, chaired by Anneli Bäckman, Botkryka Konsthall
14.45 Art Encounter Groups:
5 x smaller sessions lead by the Fittja 5 group concerning particular themes around the relationship between body and space, ideas around architecture as a social product, the ways in which architectural space exerts control and the relationship between formally and informally created space.
15.50 Final Comments by Joanna Sandell


PART ONE: WHO ARE WE?
We are five artists who had the opportunity, under the Locis programme, to meet together and explore the relationships and potential synergies between our practices. We have each worked with themes concerning the relationships between people and the places they inhabit. More specifically, the relationship between body and space, ideas around architecture as a social product, the ways in which architectural space exerts control and the relationship between formally and informally created space.

PART TWO: BEING IN FITTJA/NOT BEING IN FITTJA
Through periods of immersion and distancing, zooming in and out, we have come to try and understand Fittja. We had two visits and in between we continued our conversations online. During our time apart, Fittja stayed for each of us as an important point of reference for our individual research.

We met with citizens, planners, researchers, people from both within the structures of power and people upon whom that power is visited. Through experiencing streets, shops, fields, people and conversations that were new to us, we have expanded our mental maps of the world and reconfigured our perceptions of the places from which we came.

We see ourselves as outsiders or guests in this place, and our research as being wholly subjective.

PART THREE: PAST FUTURES AND FUTURE FUTURES
Fittja was born of a vision, a dream for a bright new future and its existence is littered with new visions, plans for ‘development’, ‘liftings’ and ‘peoples palaces’.

In keeping with this, we will use the form of the proposal to construct an exhibition that communicates visions of work that we want to realise. Proposals that speak from Fittja but look at a whole spectrum of wider concerns.

“What can be described can also take place”
Wittgenstein: Tractus Logico Philisophicus

Residence Botkyrka through the programme of Locis invited Dominic Stevens to lead a residence in Fittja together with a group of four artists/architects from Sweden, Poland and Ireland. The group met for a workshop in July, and then for a longer stay in October. At the end of the exhibition, 26th January, the group is hosting a one-day seminar.

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.

Locis is designed to provide knowledge, resources and opportunities for artists to engage internationally. It further seeks to reinforce the belief that a vibrant arts practice can be maintained from anywhere and that networking across borders can occur from anywhere and with anyone within Europe. The three partner organizations have devised a two-year, three-country artist in residence programme where each country sends and receives a leading artist from their country to work with a group of emerging artists from the three regions.

The programme is funded under the EU Culture Programme and by the three project partners.

EXHIBITION:
14 december – 26 januari
Botkyrka konsthall

ARTISTS:
Ewa Axelrad
Jorun Kugelberg
Elaine Reynolds
Dominic Stevens
Mattias Åkeson

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

SUPPORT:
EU Culture Programme
& Partners

THANKS TO:
Gigantprint
Norrköpings konstmuseum