Illustration: Peter Lang.
Färgfabriken, Virserum Konsthall, and Skellefteå Konsthall are launching a partnership that looks at how we perceive and communicate climate change from an emotional perspective.
The transition to a climate-neutral future requires not only structural intervention but also an increasingly cohesive understanding of our climate where the way we feel is related to scientific facts. This will allow us to process our grief for what we’ve lost and channel our feelings of hope into action.
We’re therefore creating a forum where young people, researchers, and artists can explore and relay their experiences and feelings in relation to climate and places. This involves testing our ability to listen to and trust ourselves.
Lyssna also has to do with creating the framework for shared communication about the climate between urban and rural contexts. By listening to each other’s experiences alongside research, the project seeks to reach a common understanding of the consequences of climate change, no matter where we are. To achieve this, the project will deepen relationships and notions in the context of nature, consumption, and identity. What do nature, consumption, and identity mean in the context of climate change?
Lyssna is being brought to life via the culture organisations Skellefteå Konsthall, Virserums Konsthall, and Färgfabriken and will be encapsulated in three interconnected yet location-specific exhibitions at the three arts centres. Listen is about activating a creative process that engages young people, researchers, and artists through collective exploration. It takes us to the intersection of fact and feeling, of climate and location, of the world around us and the world within us. In this vein, the project will look at what it means to live in symbiosis with a place rather than to live thinking that we are at the centre of the world. We know that climate change requires structural social transformation as well as radical re-evaluations in which humankind has to take a step back from thinking it is at the heart of everything. Because what happens when the forest exists only for the forest? When the river flows only for the river? When flies are just let be?
Participating artists (Stockholm):
Jens Evaldsson (born 1975) is an artist with considerable experience of collaborative projects. He has participated in exhibitions around the world with works that often address human behaviour and social interaction. Jens’ approach is broad and varied, often crossing over into the field of DIY and maker-culture.
Jens Evaldsson. Photo Erik Sund, 2018.
Sophie Vuković (born 1988) is an artist and filmmaker who has studied social anthropology, documentary filmmaking, and fine art. Sophie debuted in 2017 with the critically acclaimed film Shapeshifters.
Sophie Vuković. Photo: Grand Slam Film, 2018
Sofia Sundberg. Photo: Helena Wikestam
Erik Mikael Gudrunsson
Erik Mikael Gudrunsson. Photo: Linda Högberg
Isabel Löfgren (b. 1975) is a Swedish-Brazilian artist, teacher and researcher living in Stockholm. She works as an associate professor in Media and Communication Science at Södertörn University, specializing in critical theory and media production. In her art projects she mainly works with themes such as diaspora, collective memory and different geographical contexts of the city.
Isabel Löfgren, Photo: Erik Engren, 2020.
Peter Lang (b.1957) is an architect, teacher, author, and a member of the urban research group Stalker, based in Rome. In 2015 he launched R-lab, an open research platform investigating urban culture, architecture, art and design. Peter Lang creates a series of illustrations for the project Listen based on its topics and aims, as well as using his existing research and aesthetic methods to interpret knowledge about climate change.
Louise Eriksson, researcher in environmental psychology, at the department of geography, Umeå University.
Time & Place
The joint exploration process begins in February 2020.
The exhibition at Färgfabriken will run from 12 September to 29 November 2020.
The exhibition will continue in 2021 at Skellefteå Konsthall (March 13-May 30) and Virserum Konsthall (Sep 5 - Nov 28), where the work of two further artists will be added.
The project is a partnership between Färgfabriken, Virserum Konsthall, and Skellefteå Konsthall. Each location will bring together a group of young people, artists, and researchers, followed by an exhibition and public programme at each arts centre..