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


Phil Hession

Phil Hession. Blås i Hornet – Sounds of Fittja

Listen to: Blås i Hornet – Sounds of Fittja.

13 december, kl. 17-19 i Ungdomens Hus, Fittja.

Previous Botkyrka Residence …

Listen to: Blås i Hornet – Sounds of Fittja.

13 december, kl. 17-19 i Ungdomens Hus, Fittja.

Previous Botkyrka Residence artist Phil Hession from Belfast is releasing the record Blås i Hornet – Sounds of Fittja at Ungdomens Hus in Fittja on Thursday 13th December, 5-7pm.

5 pm Talk with Phil Hession and curator Finbar Rosato.
6 pm Music and coffee.

TALK /
RECORD RELEASE:
13 December, kl. 5-7 pm
Ungdomens Hus in Fittja

Phil Hession & Finbar Rosato

Counter-constructivist Model

Counter-constructivist Model, 2012

Counter-constructivist Model is a experimental book utilizing formal devices of film making for deeper anlysis of social issues such as …

Counter-constructivist Model is a experimental book utilizing formal devices of film making for deeper anlysis of social issues such as multiculturalism, cultural nationalism, whiteness, segregation, racism and riots. The book is realized as part of artist-in-residence programme by Bortkyrka Konsthall in Fittja. Apart from offering new model and method for dealing with various social issues related to nationalism, it also aims at deconstructing myths and fables (La Fontaine Stories) surrounding these issues.

Download a PDF version of the publication here.

Book by Sezgin Boynik & Minna L. Henriksson
published by Labyrint Press, 2012

Book by Sezgin Boynik & Minna L. Henriksson
published by Labyrint Press, 2012
with support from Nordic Culture Point

Intimate walks

Chris Leuenberger – Intimate walks, 2012

Chris Leuenberger (b. 1979) studied theater in California and choreography at the SNDO in Amsterdam. He is based as a …

Chris Leuenberger (b. 1979) studied theater in California and choreography at the SNDO in Amsterdam. He is based as a freelance performer and choreographer in Bern, Switzerland. In his work he uses elements of autobiography, of staged therapy and of choreography to create ambiguously intimate experiences addressing the power relationship between audience and performer. He founded the collective White Horse with Lea Martini and Julia Jadkowski in 2007 and is an active member of Sweet & Tender Collaborations. Chris is artist-in-residence at Residence Botkyrka and MDT from August 27 to September 10, 2012.

INTIMATE WALKS
Chris Leuenberger will go on walks with individual visitors, invite to a host-club and show excerpts of his solo works. This is supplemented with research on shamanic rituals and conditions facilitating intimacy. Chris uses elements of autobiography, of staged therapy and of choreography to create ambiguously intimate experiences which address the power relationship between audience and performer. He founded the collective White Horse with Lea Martini and Julia Jadkowski in 2007 and is an active member of Sweet& Tender Collaborations.

Read more about the walks:
http://searchingforintimacy.blogspot.se/

HOST CLUB 90 MINUTES
In the final presentation of his two-week residency Chris Leuenberger wants to share his research on intimacy with audience members interested in the intersection of ritual, performance and therapy.

Besides sharing traces of the «intimate walks» conducted during his Stockholm residency, Chris will show excerpts of the solo works «Masculinity» and «chanson triste» and try to place them in a post-feminist discourse. Moreover the audience will be invited to participate in some exercises based on shamanic rituals. Starting out from performative situations, moving on to interactive experiences and ending up in an open discussion, Chris will guide the public through the evening assuming the roles of performer, lecturer, facilitator and host. The aim is to experience and reflect on private and shared intimacy.

LONELY ALLEGIANCE
Thresholds of Intimacy is a series of exhibitions that presents interrelations between notions of the intimate and spatial experiences, often with an emphasis on works by artists living and working in Germany or Sweden. Intimacy has become an umbrella term incorporating sensual and rational experiences which are difficult to grasp.

The project brings together researchers and artists and should not be understood as the result-oriented conclusion of this artist-academic relationship but may instead be seen as the starting point for ongoing exchange. In a similar spirit it is part of the curatorial approach to provide a forum for the audience to engage in their own research on intimacy and space. For most of the artists this is the first display of their work in the respective country. The exhibition series will happen in different, non-traditional places around Sweden and Germany, which are adapted to the works. It started in May 2012 with the exhibition Vestibular Window at Glasburen, Stockholm University, Sweden.

The first part was called Vestibular Window and took place in May 2012 at Glasburen, Stockholm University.

The second part is Lonely Allegiance, which is to take place in September 2012 at Mångkulturellt centrum in Botkyrka and at MDT Stockholm.

The next part is planned to happen in Berlin, in early 2013.

CURATOR: Kristina Lindemann

COLLABORATIONS:
Residence Botkyrka, Mångkulturellt centrum & MDTSthlm.

WITH SUPPORT FROM:
Kulturrådet och Pro Helvetia.

UTSTÄLLNING:
Lonely Allegiance
6 – 18 sept. 2012
Mångkulturellt centrum

CURATOR:
Kristina Lindemann

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA: Ateljévistelse aug-sept, 2012

PROGRAM & PEDAGOGIK: Workshop och performance 10 sept på MDTSthlm.

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OPENrestaurant, 2012

OPENrestaurant is the project of a collective of restaurant professionals who moved their environment to an art space as a …

OPENrestaurant is the project of a collective of restaurant professionals who moved their environment to an art space as a way to experiment with the language of their daily activities. This displacement turns the restaurant, its codes and architecture, into a medium for artistic expression which is made available to cooks, farmers, artists, educators and activists as a way to explore issues around food and society. Held for one night every few month it creates an informal forum by focusing on a specific issue.

Fridges in Fittja, from the blog OPENfittja

Do you taste the difference between water from Fittja, Stockholm and California? Would a mobile coffee shop on the water raise a public discussion on our relationship to water? Can we take a picture on what’s inside your refridgerator?

OPENrestaurant are invited to work with Residence Botkyrka and its annual exhibition Fittja Open 2012. As a starting point, the three members of the collective from San Fransisco will focus on Fittja residents’ relationship to water.

”Our taxi driver, Mohammed Mire Gure, helped us begin our research in the taxi from the airport by filling us in on Somali culture in Rinkeby, Sweden, a suburb north of Stockholm which seems much like our residence location in Fittja.

He underscored a fact which is becoming more and more clear the longer we’re here: immigrants have dramatically shaped Swedish culture, especially food. Supermarkets which only carried fish and potatoes and a few other staples as few as six years ago now almost universally carry curry spices and a wide array of imported international foods. Most people we talk with say they don’t miss anything from their home countries, though usually, like Mohammed, they can think of one or two things after a moment – like camel’s milk, which Mohammed says he drinks in London when he goes there to visit family. He lives an international life, doing business as a flower importer between Nairobi and Amsterdam and visiting family at least twice a year in England. (…)”

Excerpt from the Fittja blog http://openfittja.wordpress.com/

OPENrestaurant was started by Stacie Pierce, Jerome Waag and Sam White, all part of the Chez Panisse restaurant staff and now includes Amanda Eicher, Sasha Wizansky, Chris Sollars, Valerie Imus, Howie Correa, Kelly Ishikawa and many others as regular collaborators.

http://openrestaurant.org

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA: Artists in residence: June 2012

EXHIBITION: Fittja Open 2012

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Satellite City, 2011–2012

Satellitstaden is a public arts project by Isabel Löfgren in collaboration with Erik Krikortz. It takes place in Fittja, Botkyrka …

Satellitstaden is a public arts project by Isabel Löfgren in collaboration with Erik Krikortz. It takes place in Fittja, Botkyrka kommun, Sweden. It consists of an on-site installation, an online interactive feature and a performative element.

www.satellitstaden.org/

Satellite City, Isabel Löfgren, 2011. Photo: Isabel Löfgren

RESIDENCE BOTKYRKA: Artist in residence, March-April, 2012

EXHIBITION: Fittja Open 2011

PROGRAM & EDUCATION: Artist’s talk at the Multicultural centre, Facebook and interactve webbproject

COLLABORATION: Verdandi Hela Människan, Botkyrkabyggen, Mångkulturellt centrum