Upcoming: the Exhibition and Life (reconsidered)

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In late autumn 1986, I staged the Exhibition and Life in the gallery space of the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm. Being a fifth year student at the Royal Institute of Art, I had a studio space in that same building; so, I brought my collected body of work – unsorted – onto the gallery floor. The exhibition took shape continuously until it closed. The title was suggested by my firstborn, then six-and-a-half years old.

Today, over three decades later, it’s time to reconsider.

The Exhibition and Life (reconsidered) reflects the initial process – using paintings, drawings and objects made during the last few decades as material. Again, the exhibition will be in constant change – as life itself. For a deepened experience, visitors and guests are invited to actively take part; by (re)curating and (re)arranging, by interventions and performances of your own, as well as in shared reflections and public talks.

Utställningen och Livet (en omprövning)

The Exhibition and Life (reconsidered) will open Tuesday May 10th, and close Sunday June 5th. Open every day 12-5pm; Tuesday evenings until 8pm.

Documentation and programme updates will be published here continuously.

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the venue: Hälsingegatan 43, Stockholm

Hälsingegatan karta

Art for Ukraine by Duo Contradiction

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Welcome to bid in this art auction for the benefit of Ukraine! You can partake digitally, by registering through Duo Contradiction website; or, if you happen to be in Stockholm by March 26th, by showing up at Birkaterminalen venue. There will be borsjtj and fascist-fighting spirit! No profit will be taken – the full income will go to humanitarian aid organizations in Ukraine (see below). More than 100 artists of many nationalities contribute; I feel grateful and honoured to be one of them.

Art for Ukraine beneficiary organizations (to be updated)
Shelter PLUS “[we] started a process of large-scale evacuation of disabled people. We are confident that Ukraine will win this war but while it is taking place it’s very often impossible for disabled on wheelchairs or with gross mental illnesses to go down to basements and bomb shelters. And the same refers to urgent evacuation, if some place is under mass shooting.”

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leaf gold, leaf silver, oil and blackboard paint on wood panel,
44 x 22 x 2 cms (2019)

Bilder från Nysund / New Sound Images IV

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One last day of preparations in the Watertower; installing and trying out sound equipment, mounting paintings, making shutters…

…and attaching them to windows, to keep daylight out; plotting projections, and mending the net of a sinker…

Quiet talking, electronically generated songs of light; sounds of wind and voices, bells and flutes floating within the tower. Tomorrow, Sunday January 16th, we’ll be ready to celebrate with you!

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Appearing on photos: Johannes Ferm Winkler together with Ljudtornet members Tomas Björkdal, Erik Peters, Patrick Dallard, Johanna Dahl, Julia Adzuki, Karin Lindström Kolterud; all photos by HHW.

Bilder från Nysund / New Sound Images III

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Ljudtornet preparing for Art’s Birthday in the Watertower; testing new projectors, piloted by Johannes Ferm Winkler in the most gracious way. A setup is forming…

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At the same time, in other places: celebrations of Art and of the waters at Nysund are evolving. Sound art, installations and music by Erik Peters, Karin Lindström Kolterud, Tomas Björkdal, Johanna Dahl, Rolf Schuurmans, Patrick Dallard and Julia Adzuki will all flow together here in the next couple of days. Welcome to the Old Watertower in Gnesta on Sunday! Or listen worldwide via Art’s Birthday network on Monday.

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New Sound Images / Bilder från Nysund I

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So, once more Ljudtornet / Soundtower will celebrate Art’s Birthday in January in the old Watertower of Gnesta; partly a live performance, partly a webradio event, where some of my works will be rendered into sound art, music and projections. A first gathering and planning already happened, with Tomas Björkdal of Ljudtornet and Johannes Ferm Winkler graciously joining playfulness and professionality. Next step will be taken in a few days… 

Planning session in the Watertower, photo HHW.

the green octave, May 2012

Two series of diary paintings from the Nysund bridge were selected: the Green Octave (2012), and the Pentatonic Scale (2019); all of them sized ca 20 x 41 cms, oil paint on wood panel.

191211x5a pentatonic scale, November 2019; 20 x 40,5 cms each

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The live event New Sound Images / Bilder från Nysund will take place in the old Watertower of Gnesta, on Sunday, January 16th at 14-17.
Map and contacts here:
https://ljudtornet.org/om-about

The web radio streaming – Soundtower on the Bridge – will happen on Art’s Birthday, January 17th 2022 through the Art’s Birthday network:
https://www.artsbirthday.net

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Progress

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I’ve long ago lost count of how many times I’ve strolled around this little lake. Some of the walks ended in the studio, and were transformed into diary paintings; recordings of light and colour. Last month, I took the same walk – as always, staying a while on the crossing between the two lakes; listening and recording. Afterwards, I opened the I Ching – the Book of Changes. It then gave me the image of Lake over Earth, also known as Gathering Together. This was on point, really, since Ljudtornet/ Soundtower had just invited me to a collaboration for Art’s Birthday in January… Even more heartening, the Book of Changes suggested the gathering would transform into Fire over Earth – signifying Progress.

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Approaching the lakes

Yesterday, I took that walk around the lake once more. Sun was low even in midday, on this day between a full moon and the winter solstice. I met a friend from long ago. A chilly northern wind swept over the lakes. No birds were to be seen…

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Nysund bridge

…but another day – back in the 1950’s – a man went out here to collect bird sounds with his tape recorder. When playing the tape afterwards, he heard not only birdsong, but also awkward sounds like distant human voices. He believed these strange recordings to be messages from the deceased, and committed the rest of his life to explore them. The man lived right beyond this bridge, and must have crossed it many times. His name was Friedrich Jürgenson.

Here and now, I just rejoice in being. In the upcoming Art’s Birthday celebration, some of the Nysund diary paintings will be transformed into sound art and light projections by my Ljudtornet colleagues – I’m deeply honoured, and very happy.

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