Riots / Kravall
Riots / Kravall is a series of works revolving around two cobblestones that were used as projectiles during the Gothenburg riots of 2001. These stones have made a journey. They have been quarried and cut to be used as durable material underfoot, picked up to be used as effective tools to destroy windows and to become projectiles to be thrown at police and demonstrators, collected to become vulnerable artifacts displayed at the City Museum of Gothenburg, and finally to be 3D scanned, printed and cast as soft foam building blocks for a series of artworks.
The series includes the interactive site-specific installation KASTA!, Sisyphos is still at work which explored the relationship between work and progress, Stones that revolved around the nature of the fetischization of the archived artifact and Stones - an instruction manual - a work exploring the questions of normative and conformist societal behaviors and actions. I have also explored a possible expanded and future use of the cobblestones through a process of decontextualization - using the cobblestones as objects for making street-art-like interventions (It’s a Trap!) and land-art-like installations (proposal for Open Art 2017: Water Walkway).
THROW! / KASTA!
A site-specific and interactive installation that invited the audience to throw the soft replicas against the gallery window facing Kungsportsavenyn one of the main stages where the riots of 2001 took place. When a stone is thrown at the window the perpetrator is rewarded by the recorded sound of a smashed window triggered by a sensor. The piece was shown at A-Venue in the spring of 2016.
Stones - an Instruction Manual / Stenar - en instruktionsmanual
A small publication with DIY instructions on how to remove cobblestones from the street - produced for the exhibition Formerly known as.. at A-Venue in the spring of 2016.
Sisyphos is still at work / Än arbetar Sisyfos
A seamlessly looped eighteen minute long video of a character throwing stones against a white wall. The character goes through different stages of exhaustion yet continues to throw without any damage done to the wall. The piece was shown at the Museum of Alingsås in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016.
A proposal for a temporary public installation for Open Art 2017. The proposal was to remove a section of the street and replace it with the same amount of floating foam stones in the canal. Due to silt in the canal the proposal could not be brought to fruition.
Stones / Stenarna
The first iteration of the series explored the nature of the fetischization and inaccessibility of a publicly owned archived artifact. 100 foam replicas were shown next to the original cobblestones which had previously not been displayed despite having been in the possession of the museum for 15 years. In connection with the display there was a longer text describing the process of the work and events surrounding the riots of 2001.
It was difficult to get access the stones but under the countenance of the conservator of the City Museum of Gothenburg I was allowed to 3D scan and print copies of the artifacts. I could then make casts from the printed copies. I was not allowed at any part of the process to personally touch the stones.
The work was displayed at the City Museum of Gothenburg during the summer of 2015.