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.

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.