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Open Studio

– Exploring creativity in flux

 OpenStudio

Färgfabriken’s Open Studio helps to give exposure to creative thinking at a time when it’s still in flux, by inviting various fascinating creators to take over a project space for a short period of time.

As a centre for the arts, we have an interminable interest in the creative process - what does it offer us? How does it come about? How do we capture it? How do we shape it? What should we reject? We want these cursory processes to encounter an audience - their audience.

In the autumn of 2017, we began exploring different ways of giving exposure to creative thinking and creative processes before they adopt their final form, while also bringing creators and audiences closer together. In collaboration with the art and design group Very Very Gold, Färgfabriken’s first Open Studio was launched. Our visitors could familiarise themselves with Very Very Gold’s arsenal of ideas, which were then shaped and reshaped, located, and dislocated in order to gradually shift into new and evolving ideas.

Open Studio 2019 launches with the artistic duo Osynliga Teatern (the Invisible Theatre), which seeks to push the boundaries between show, performance, and exhibition. The project space will then be taken over by the architectural agency LABLAB with a pop-up think tank on issues relating to Europe’s rural areas, followed by students from the Swedish Royal Institute of Art’s "R-Lab" working on the topic of “Nordic Hazardlands”.

We provide regular updates on the participants and their programmes.

Click on each participant below to learn more.

  • I WAS HERE - Osynliga Teatern, March 28th-April 6th

    I WAS HERE is a performance installation by artist duo Osynliga Teatern which combines an intimate experience for one person per occasion with a live-stream that can be experienced online or in one of the exhibition spaces at Färgfabriken. The work combines a relational situation with an all-encompassing environment where questions of trust and empathy is tested in relation to our private sphere. The exhibition is founded on public telephone conversations and is divided into two parts. As a visitor, you can choose to participate in the installation either as The Narrator or as The Observer, or as both.

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  • Texas University Architecture Department, April 8th-14th

    With Frances Hsu and students.

    Food is a basic need and a luxury, both an art and a science crossing boundaries of time and place, a part of daily life and long term human survival. It is one of the largest and most innovative industries in the world economy and among the most urgent problems facing our world. Limited food access along with decreasing biodiversity and increasing dependence on fewer and fewer varieties and species of crops fostered by corporate monopolies loom as we rely on increasingly fragile large industrial-scale monocultures that alter ecological balance. Within the context of climate catastrophe, we must enter into debates on the role of the productive landscape through issues related to food.

    Alimentarium is a first-year Master of Architecture foundations studio in the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University that considers how agricultural production, processing, distribution and consumption of food intersects with architecture, urbanism, industry, economy, technology, culture, and politics. The course identifies and critically analyses how food has shaped the built environent in order to inform the production of architectural content, program and project for Alimentarium--a public knowledge center in the city of Bryan, Texas dedicated to the exhibtion, experimentation, and experience of food that might not only counteract or be resistant to existing capitalist logics but also create more beautiful, joyful, adventurous and equitable cities.

  • LABLAB, April 22nd-May 5th

    LABLAB will investigate the historic and contemporary relationship that exist between the image and landscape throughout the landscape of Dalarna, Sweden.

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  • KTH ABE Urbanism Studies / AT - HH, May 13th-19th

    Malin Heyman and James Hamilton, together with the students of the KTH ABE Graduate Program in Urbanism will occupy the Open Studio during the production, copy editing, review and printing of a book that will represent the students research from the Studio's Mexico City workshop and subsequent project "CO-OP City: Future Collective Domestic".

    "CO-OP City : Future Collective Domestic" was a 10 week design studio in the Graduate Profram in Urbanism at KTH ABE. Students have worked in groups to produce proposals for collective domestic places and programs to engage public space in Mexico City. The work takes as it's departure point Hannes Meyer's 1928 manifesto Bauen and the contemporary research of Anna Puigjaner presented in her work Kitchenless City.

    With students: Ambre Elsa Alfredo, Leonardo Baron Zenari, Maia Cavendish, Zehra Chughtai, Sued Ferreira da Silva, Simon Fique, Shayan Khilji, Svenja Marie Krings, Sven Lindemann, Michael Mallinder-MacLeod, Sandra Yael Mekler Bensadon, Divya Ramasamy Venkatesamoorthy, Mayra Milena Campanha Reis, Lizaveta Shylichava, Irena Toljan, Eleni Konstantina Vlachaki Stamatopoulou, Johan Wide, Benjamin Schaefer, Jon Nilsson

    Collaborators and contributors to the studio have been:

    + APRDELESP

    + ARCHIVO

    + DANSBANA!

    + MACOLEN

    + OKK+ friends

    + Alejandra Navarrete

    + Andrea González

    + Daniel Urey

    + David Huber

    + Fernando Ocaña

    + Hélène Frichot

    + Isabelle Löfgren

    + Karolina Keyzer

  • The Royal Institute of Art R-Lab RIA, May 23rd-June 2nd

    R-lab’s Marvels and Catastrophes: Renewal and Metamorphosis, to be held at Färgfabriken 23- May - 2 June.

    Renewal and Metamorphosis is the final in a series of 4 movements (see below) proposed by R-Lab concerning the major transformations affecting today’s natural and living environments. The two weeks at Färgfabriken will present a sequence of student led workshops, installations, performances, videos, and temporary exhibits outlining the world in its state of “new normal.” Open to the public.

    This is the concluding series of workshops and performative public engagements to be featured in Färgfabriken's Open Studio. Renewal and Metamorphosis is developed and run by the participants enrolled in this year's R-Lab Marvels and Catastrophes course held at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. All events are open to the public, children and adults alike, please come, and please share! ----

    HAPPENINGS/ WORKSHOPS

    25 May

    11-13 Premonition bureau - Confession parlor - Action booth Jérôme Malpel & Sofia Larsson

    11-17 For the first time our world Anna Risell You are invited to a moment that allows you to reach inwards, into the depths of your memories and associations. https://www.facebook.com/events/435939797218496/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1557867158495917

    11-17 Välkommen att fira rödfärgensdag! Veronica Skeppe

    14-18 A Lovely Suburban Hike Anna Asplind, Gustav Karlsson & Jérôme Malpel Welcome to a hike in a cozy suburban environment and a dinner session. https://www.facebook.com/events/1404970899646219/

    26 May

    11-17 Premonition bureau - Confession parlor - Action booth Jérôme Malpel & Sofia Larsson

    11-17 For the first time our world Anna Risell You are invited to a moment that allows you to reach inwards, into the depths of your memories and associations. https://www.facebook.com/events/435939797218496/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1557867158495917

    14-16 In Search of the Miraculous through Catasthrophe Anna Asplind “Any old map will do” was the conclusion when a small Hungarian military unit found their way through a snowstorm in the Alps with the help from a map over the Pyrenees. Can we do the same? https://www.facebook.com/events/338077586899432/

    30 May

    13-17 Woman, Native, Other: Making Friends with Trinh-T Minh-ha Carlota Mir and Enrico Floriddia Collective reading workshop - arpentage 12 spots - book yours at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. https://www.facebook.com/events/2132880783447314/

    1 June

    12-13.30 The Evoking of the Realm of Real Fantasy Gustav Karlsson The tension between "real" and imagined conceptions about the state of the [human] world and it´s urban planning responses - is the same tension that also evokes a space that doesn´t need to prove it has the right to exist - The Realm of Real Fantasy. https://www.facebook.com/events/316464792356463/?ti=as

    14-16.30 Building a new landscape Elena Mazzi The workshop structure intends to start from a reflection on the crisis situations / necessities related to the daily use of water, encouraging participants (children and teenagers are welcome) to become aware of the hidden path that water makes in our daily lives, in the architecture we live every day, among these, the one we are working in, Färgfabriken.

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    EXHIBITIONS

    Ongoing 23 May - 2 June

    Lövholmen Gerda Persson

    Lövholmen is a small part of the world that will soon be gone forever and we will all forget what it was like. Get your own free souvenir! To remember it I am making concrete models in scale 1:400 of the building Spredfabriken. The model is 9x9x5 cm. If you would like to have one please contact me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Pick up your souvenir between May 29th and June 2nd at Färgfabriken.

    The sun rises every morning at the same place and sets every evening at the opposite side Ana Barata Martins

    The sun rises every morning at the same place and sets every evening at the opposite side, is an artwork composed by several elements: a site-specific textile piece by the closest water of Fargfabriken, a second textile piece at the Open studio space, and photo documentation of the current development of Årstafältet. The fabric pieces are dyed with found materials and natural pigments from Årstafältet and a text by Maria Lamas is imprinted in them. The artwork intends to be critical towards exploitation processes natural areas goes through as most of accessible nature is man made or developed for commercial and industry purposes

    A Cartography of the Anthropocene In the current moment we see an increase in so-called climate angst as well as climate crisis awareness, yet people feel a lack of any fruitful means of combating it. Can capital be seen? How do you map the unmappable? What are the individual components that comprise the issue of climate change? You are invitied to come and view an attempt at mapping the so called anthropocene, as well as to perhaps add your own take on it. Andres Villarreal

    21th century icon: How do we build up an image of our contemporary mythology? Jérôme Malpel

    A mere heap Bo Pilo Transactive memory exercises and tool making workshops with the objective to revive and exercise agency, interruption, and recall as operative abilities in a new landscape without buildings.

    In search of the miraculous through catastrophe Anna Asplind

    “Any old map will do” was the conclusion when a small Hungarian military unit found their way through a snowstorm in the Alps with the help from a map over the Pyrenees. Can we use the map from one place or a situation to gain new insights about here and now? This time with a map of the utterly symbol of catastrophe - Pompeji, layered with the utterly aim to avoid catastrophe - the evacuation plan of Operation Stockholm 1961. https://www.facebook.com/events/338077586899432/

    Healing Tree Åsa Agerstam

    The belief that the forest is a healing force goes back to Nordic folk-medicine where disfigured, odd trees could function as a receiver for human pain. By transmitting the disease materially and symbolically, the tree became the new carrier of the pain. The person cutting it down took a risk of catching whatever disease the tree was carrying. The physical surrounding of such a tree could also be used as a place of sacrifice where one could make a wish. With a trial and error perspective of a designer, a transformative replica of The Tree with it ́s original purpose will be made. Your intention is what makes it real.

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    Marvels and Catastrophes in 4 Movements.

    1. The Art of Disaster Interruptive: the Earth School, Istanbul Design Biennial, September
    2. Lexicon of Marvels and Disasters, Färgfabriken
    3. Nordic Hazardlands, UMA, Umeå
    4. Marvels and Catastrophes: Renewal and Metamorphosis, Färgfabriken

    The first movement, The Art of Disaster Interruptive, premiered in September of 2018 at the 4th Design Biennial in Istanbul. Located in the Earth School, the weeklong workshop dealt with remedial environmental practices inspired by the Şişhane crafts district in the heart of Istanbul. The second workshop, the Lexicon of Marvels and Disasters, held in January of 2019, was a one-day experimental Open Studio event developed to interact with the public, and called for submissions of ideas on what we will need to have with us to confront this ever changing present. The third movement, Nordic Hazardlands, took place in the northern Swedish city of Umeå at the UMA school of architecture at the end of March. The program included a seminar with the director of IBA in Thüringen Germany, and concluded with an initial draft for an Almanac for 2020.

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  • Gülbeden Kulbay, June 3rd-16th

    Performance artist, read more.


Last updated on April 4th, 2019


 

 

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Starts on March 28, 2019

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