Time to move on – from the digital dirtroad experience to an exquisite 19th century building by the waterfront of central Stockholm: the very first concert hall built in Sweden, patroned by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Today, the Musical Quarter is multi-functional venue hosting a variety of genres: from folk & world music (permanently housed in the old backyard horse stable) to early music, opera, jazz, philharmonic and purely experimental… in creative process, as well as in public performances and festivals.
Right now, the prospect of having rents increased by more than 55% threatens the whole initiative. The managing team then decided to mobilize all friends and good powers in Scendödsfestival – a full night’s total music and art experience, with free access for the public – happening on Saturday, March 11th.
I’m very happy to be counted among those friends; last week, I joined a group of visual artists – invited by our much esteemed colleague Tobias Sjöberg – to check out the site. What a marvelous place…
…and what a kind, professional and receptive bunch of people to work with. Many of us had never met before – I’m eager to see what we’ll come up with together!
More to follow…
Bronze horse close to the Musical Quarter, casted from a copy of the famous Byzantine horse sculptures in Venice; an installation by Swedish sculptor Sivert Lindblom (1989)
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.
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.
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.”
191211 07; leaf gold, leaf silver, oil and blackboard paint on wood panel, 44 x 22 x 2 cms (2019)
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…
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.
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…
…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.
The gate to Nysund mansion, formerly home of the Jürgenson family
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.