Voice, vision and sense of place
My work is rooted in both art and theatre. One way to describe my
practice is to say that I work with föreställningar
– a Swedish word that refers to perceptions, imagination, preconceptions
as well as performances. I often use fictionalized situations
and set-ups together with sound. Voice and time are vital ingredients,
as well as the situation at hand and what you as visitor bring into
it. The stories told, fictional and
documentary, are related to what you see, but also the situation
you find yourself in while listening. Voice and vision, or lack
of vision, are thus used to activate specific perceptions and preconceptions
in a kind of one-man performances.
Since Nov 2010 I am a Ph.D. candidate in Fine Arts at the Academy
of Fine Arts, Umeå University and The national research school in the field of arts, Sweden. The title of my
research project is "What
You See is Not What You Get" and it will include a series
of performances and performance installations.
Collaborative projects are an important part of my artistic practice
and I see them as temporary universities where new approaches and
activities can be tested and specific topics explored.
In the 2-year-project "Monument
for the Masses", made in collaboration with Po
Hagström, narrative strategies, as well as sampling and
recontextualization of already existing material were used on a
large scale. Here we took an existing proposal for a monument in
Estonia, altered it in substantial ways and presented our re-make
as a counter-monument. Our proposal was used as a point of departure
for mapping stories and rituals surrounding art in public space.
Rather than focusing on the values and virtues monuments are said
to symbolize, we explored the misunderstandings, conflicting relations
and stories associated with them.
Mushroom” was made in collaboration with Anna Högberg.
We produced a collection of maps that explored social systems and
different types of public spaces from an ecological perspective.
Concepts such as social capital, exclusion, and democracy were examined
– this in order to discuss more or less invisible social values
in relation to urban planning.
Together with the film maker and director Karin Wegsjö, I run
Now Institute], which is an independent and non-profit culture
organization. Currently we are producing the short fiction film
"Happiness, a Five-Year Plan",which has been shot in China
In 2005 I started SQUIDproject.net
together with the artist Katja
Aglert. "SQUID" is an ever-expanding, online archive
of texts written by cultural producers from different countries,
but also a framework for offline activities such as readings, artist
talks, screenings, etc. In 2008 Martijn
van Berkum [NL] joined as project manager on a regular basis.
Since 1992 I have also made works for the stage.