Time for a change; photo HHW.
For almost three years, I have given much of my attention to Art Lab Gnesta and the Karl Schultz-Köln and Marita Mörck-Schultz Foundation. It has been a lot of work, many encounters, much fun and not so few accomplishments. Here are some of the highlights, from the Art Lab Gnesta website…
Art Lab Gnesta/Research@Supermarket Art Fair 2013, six short films: Helena Hildur W, Auli Laitinen, Agnieszka Knap, Arne Widman, Madeleine Aleman, Ivar Sviestins; © Nigo produktion.
Art Lab Gnesta/Research@Supermarket Art Fair 2013, interview by the Swedish Exhibition Agency
“The Giant Corpse Flower Blooms”, performance by Ingela Ihrman at the Venice Biennale, Midsummer’s Day 2013
Karl Schultz-Köln (1921 – 2013) Memorial Exhibition, March 2014
…and, from the Swedish Exhibition Agency:
Concluding discussion at the Green Art Lab Alliance seminar in Visby, May 2014
However, now it’s time for a change. Parallel with my engagement in Art Lab Gnesta, I have been doing courses, reading and writing. The next semester will find me part-time at the Center for Studies in Practical Knowledge at Södertörn University, and full-time at the Royal Institute of Art – which opens the possibility for me to fully delve/dive into the intuitive and logical learning process. My dear colleagues in the former network of Art Lab Gnesta/Research (which is now likewise independent from Art Lab Gnesta) are still around, a valuable peer-review resource.
To Art Lab Gnesta, and all its crew, I wish the best of luck!
During the fall of 2013, I was heavily engaged in the Green Lab project at Art Lab Gnesta; a project focusing on the environmental impact of contemporary art. The project resulted in a publication – edited by artist Ulrika Jansson – and a half-day seminar, hosted by Art Lab Gnesta together with the Culture and Recreation department of the City of Stockholm. Now, rings are spreading on the water: on Thursday, I was invited by the Swedish Artists’ Organisation (KRO) and Konstnärernas Centralköp – a cooperative artists’ materials store – to hold a workshop in Stockholm together with Ulrika. Some thirty professionals showed up, and first we all got some hard facts about art production and water pollution, from an environmental engineer’s point of view. Then Ulrika gave a lecture on contemporary art dealing with environmental issues, highlighting artists such as Marjetica Potrč, Chris Jordan, Eva Bakkeslett, Andrea Hvistendahl, Paula von Seth and Erik Sjödin. For the coffee break, the party divided in groups to share experience and ideas around chosen themes. It’s so simple; and it works. I so enjoy the bubbly sound of animated dialogue… and the final round up session brought about a handful of significant ‘next steps’ to be implemented in collective studios, in artists’ associations and various professional undertakings.
What an optimistic evening!
Today and tomorrow, you can still see the Karl Schultz-Köln memorial exhibition at Art Lab Gnesta. The exhibition will close with an event connecting Karl’s own research theme to contemporary art and research. Die Bildfläche als Erkenntnisfeld (roughly: the Image as a Field of Experience) was the title Karl chose for his collected essays, edited in 1998. To connect and comment on this, I will stage a Lab Talk with artist Jan Rydén, whose project Thinking Through Painting is ongoing since 2009.
The huge differences between these artists are obvious; so, the question is rather, if there exist any common parameters?
What does the image offer as a field of experience?
For my own part, I’m really looking forward to this… Jan – you are most welcome to Art Lab Gnesta!
And everybody else – you are, too!
Karl Schultz-Köln: Winter (oil on canvas); photo HHW.
Woodpanels drying in front of the heat pump
Long time since I published the last posts, but that doesn’t mean work is off. Blogging about my work is a kind of reflection, and since August 2013 I’m doing a lot more of that – reflecting – although in another context; currently, I’m in a two-year programme at the Center for Studies in Practical Knowledge at Södertörn University (Stockholm), which means a lot of reading, writing and discussing. Another part of my time is spent at Art Lab Gnesta.
But then, there’s the studio. It’s always there… Spring light is outside. Inside, it’s warm. Inside, things are waiting.
shades & matter
Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm is the annual meeting point for artist driven initiatives worldwide since 2006
At Supermarket 2013, Art Lab Gnesta was represented as an independent platform for artistic research; a story which begun with the course Artistic Research Processes at Konstfack College for Arts, Crafts and Design in 2012. When the course was finished, the people involved wanted to go on – so Art Lab Gnesta opened its doors for their experimental, non-authoritarian research quest. Thirteen individual projects were brought to Kulturhuset, Stockholm, during the days of Supermarket 2013. Here’s an interview (in Swedish) explaining the whats, whys and hows of Art Lab Gnesta/Research:
Riksutställningar intervjuar Helena Hildur