By: Eva Arnqvist, Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Ingela Johansson, Åsa Jungnelius, Caroline Mårtensson, Malin Pettersson Öberg, Axel Andersson (ed.)
Moving Mass is an artistic exploration of a place in transformation. To be exact, an area in the east of Småland known as “Glasriket”: the Kingdom of Crystal. What is entailed in the transition from an industrial society to a post-industrial knowledge economy, from thriving rural communities to a depopulated countryside? What role has glass played historically — as a utility object, a work of art, an industry, a technology, a craft, object, idea and community — and what is its current situation?
Contributors: Peter Aronson, Anette Bhagwati, Tomas Bannerhed, Catharina Gabrielsson, Maja Heuer, Cornelius Holtorf, Bengt Olof Johansson, Helene Larsson Pousette, Lisa Rosendahl, Johanna Rosenqvist, Ola Ståhl, Rebecka Thor, Josefine Wikström.
Design: Jonas Williamsson
Publisher: Konstfrämjandet, Stockholm
The newspaper ”Kungsbacka Blodbok” (Kungsbacka Bloodbook), designed by Maryam Fanni, assisted by Evelina Mohei, is produced as part of the residency ”Andra ögon på staden” (Other eyes on the city, 2016). Printed at VF Tryck, Karlstad, in October 2016.
Contributions by Catharina Gabrielsson, architect, researcher and writer at KTH; Catharina Thörn, researcher at the dep of Culture science, GU; Linnéa Eriksson, poet; Frida Sandström artist and writer and Camilla Schultz, activist in ”Tillsammans för Kungsbacka”; the Waste network group ”Rädda Tölö Kronopark” and the eco store Tuvan and more.
Make A Match
Publisher Revolver Publishing
‘MAKE.A.MATCH’ (initiated by Katharina Schendl) gave artists Carte Blance to develop a project, but with one restriction: they have to collaborate with another artist, a stranger chosen by the curator. What happens if this premise is put into action? What are the strategies the artists will use in these “arranged marriages”?
Ingela Johansson and Hugo Canoilas used the wall of the studio as a mood board for their ideas and to visualize their discussions. The studio-based wall-work itself resulted in a public situation. After producing works indoors, they posted works in the public. A fanzine, with their written texts and photographs of their works was made afterwards to be distributed in other cities as well.
The art of the strike, voices on cultural and political work during and after the mining strike 1969-70
eds. Martin Högström, Kim Einarsson.
In December 1969 a wildcat strike breaks out in Malmfälten, the big mining district in the Swedish region Norrbotten. Despite it being a year of record economic growth in Sweden and the state mining company LKAB turning a profit, the miner’s working conditions keep deteriorating. The strikes spread from Kiruna to Svappavaara and Malmberget. Soon 5 000 miners have walked off the job. Through various political groupings many cultural workers come to solidarize with the miners and become engaged in their struggle. The miners’ strike creates a crack in the façade of the welfare state – and radicalizes cultural life in Sweden. In which ways does the strike live on, in the practical experiences and production of these cultural workers?
Through extensive archival materials and in a large number of new interviews the actors of the mining strike; mining and cultural workers speak of the events of 1969-70. Strejkkonsten is based on conversations, articles, telegrams, radio- and TV-broadcasts, protocols, personal notes etc., assembled by the artist Ingela Johansson in collaboration with curator Kim Einarsson and poet Martin Högström.
Design: Martin Högstöm.
Mentionings and citation:
Det begravda berget, Ulf Eriksson, Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2015
Outlaw Territories, Felicity Scott, Zone books, 2016
Work Work Work: A Reader on Art and Labour
Contributions by Pierre Bal-Blanc, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Ana Betancour, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Annika Eriksson, Kirsten Forkert, Catharina Gabrielsson, Ingela Johansson, Lars Bang Larsen, Maria Lind, Sarat Maharaj, Making A Living (MAL), Michele Masucci, Helena Mattsson, Nina Power, OTCOP, Pratchaya Phinthong, Raqs Media Collective, Judith Revel, Lisa Rosendahl, Joanna Sokolowska, Hito Steyerl, Mladen Stilinovic, Nina Svensson, and Cecilia Widenheim.
The relationship of art to work and the conditions of artistic production has long engaged many in the field of visual art. Work is a broad concept, the meaning of which has changed radically as a result of the social and technological transformations that have taken place over the past century. What, then, is work today and what is its relation to art? What is the position of the artist if creativity has become a commodity? How can the artist’s conditions of production be described, and what role can art and architecture play in societal change? The texts in this reader provide perspectives on some of these questions emerging from the series of seminars conducted during the late autumn of 2010 at Iaspis in Stockholm, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international program for visual art, architecture, crafts, and design. The seminars brought together visual artists, architects, theoreticians, curators, and writers with diverse backgrounds and experience. They were arranged into three themes: the relationship between art and work, the current conditions of production and the organization of work within the field of visual art, and the role of art and architecture in politics and society.
Published by Sternberg press and Iaspis.
Design by Medium.