Perpetual Uncertainty / Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene (Umea, Sweden)

Perpetual Uncertainty / Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene brings together artists from Europe, Japan, the USA and Australia to investigate experiences of nuclear technology, radiation and the complex relationship between knowledge and the deep time.

The artworks explore how nuclear weapons and nuclear power has influenced our interpretation of concepts such as archives, memory, knowledge and time. How can we understand and visualise the ungraspable timeframe of radioactive half-life? How can we archive and communicate knowledge about radioactivity from generation to generation, hundreds of thousands of years into the future?

Participating artists: James Acord, Shuji Akagi, Lise Autogena & Joshua Portway, Erich Berger and Mari Keto, Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Don’t Follow the Wind, Finger Pointing Worker, Dave Griffiths, Isao Hashimoto, Erika Kobayashi, David Mabb, Cécile Massart, Eva and Franco Mattes, Yelena Popova, Susan Schuppli, Shimpei Takeda, Kota Takeuchi, Thomson & Craighead, Suzanne Treister, Andy Weir, Robert Williams and Bryan McGovern Wilson, and Ken + Julia Yonetani.

Lights in Alingsås 2016 (Alingsas, Sweden)

Lights in Alingsås is an amazing place for meetings. Here, friends meet to hang out and to take a walk while visiting the lighting installations, companies take the opportunity to arrange conferences and lighting designers and other people in the industry get together. Every year 85 000 people visit Lights in Alingsås.

‘Those Who Affected Me’ by Malin Bobeck (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Those Who Affected Me is an interactive light emitting textile art installation. Suspended in mid air, over 1,5 meters tall, and 2,5 meter diameter, the four winged structure invites the audience to gently touch the textile and reacts by sending colorful ripples up and down the intricate fabric.

The custom designed jacquard textile is using optical fibers connected to about 500 individually programmable color LEDs, connected to a microcomputer. Thin, electrically conducting copper threads are woven in to create touch sensitive areas inside the fabric. The 11 meters of fabric are mounted with steel rods around a steel cylinder.

The sculpture is exhibited in an small room with tilted mirror walls, creating a distorted universe where the sculpture is multiplied in infinity.

Julio Le Parc / Lumière Exhibition (Umea, Sweden)

Previous retrospective from 2013

Julio Le Parc experiments with the experience of art and its environment. Using simple, reflective material, he creates large, spectacular and entrancing light installations. Using lenses and built-in motors, light is set in motion.

Julio Le Parc (b. 1928) is originally from Argentina, but lives in France since the 1960s. He was one of the founding members of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV), a group of artists who experimented with ideas of interaction and staged engaging events on streets and squares in Paris during the 1960s. In dialogue with contemporary digital art, Le Parc’s ground-breaking work has found new currency and his kinetic installations is shown in exhibitions the world over. This is the artist’s first solo presentation in Scandinavia.

The World Was Flat Exhibition (Umea, Sweden)

The world was flat, now it’s round, and it will be a hologram. The exhibition The World was Flat shows contemporary art that engages with ideas about time and space. Addressing the power of astrology, or the shaman as a conduit between the rational and the supernatural, but also humankind’s desire for order and logical explanations for all phenomena.

The World was Flat presents works by Julieta Aranda, Erick Beltrán, François Bucher, Rometti Costales, Harun Farocki, Jeppe Hein, Herman von Helmholz, Klara Hobza, Bernd Kröplin, Lina Maria López, Douwe Mulder, John Mario Ortiz, Julien Prévieux, Benoit Pype, Manuela Ribadeneira, Tomás Saraceno and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané. A few objects are on loan from the Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité University Hospital.

Lights in Alingsås 2015 (Alingsas, Sweden)

A new group of lighting designers have gathered in Alingsås to start the creative work of Lights in Alingsås 2015. The theme is “Evolution of Light” and it will take the visitors on a journey through the history of light..

Together with Professor Jan Ejhed working at KTH, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, the designers will do a deep dive into the history of light to find interesting detects and phenomena to work with. Sound will also be a part of this year´s installations and the composer Sebastian Studnitzky from Germany will lead the creative process of applying sound to the installations.

This year’s lighting designer are Anna Sbouko from Greece, Kevan Shaw from the Scotland, Roberto Corradini & Marco Palandella from Italy, Reinhard Germer from Austria, Katja Winkelmann from Germany, Andrea Hartranft from the USA and Katarina Hennig from Sweden.

Utopian Bodies: Fashion Looks Forward (Stockholm, Sweden)

Liljevalchs´ new extraordinary exhibition “Utopian Bodies: Fashion Looks Forward” maps out imaginable futures for the adorned body. How can fashion be harnessed to create a better future? How does fashion relate to the human body, to us as individuals and groups, and the world around us?

Presenting fashion’s possibilities and highlighting human creativity, the exhibition aims to inspire visitors to search for their good place, their vision of the future.

Arranged over eleven galleries – Sustainability, Change, Technology, Craft & form, Craft & colour, Resistance & society, Resistance & beauty, Solidarity, Memory, Gender identity and Love – the exhibition presents a snapshot of what is possible today and where we can be in the future.

The exhibition, which consists of over 200 objects, images and videos, invites visitors to embark on a captivating journey between different worlds. The individually designed galleries are inspired by various utopian ideas – some realised and others not. But above all, they highlight the social promise of technology and creativity.