Visions of the Now, an international festival and congress on the subjects of art and technology, will take place at Fylkingen in Stockholm on May 24–26, 2013.
New values are being created as a consequence of the rapid pace of technological progress. Through the filters of art, technology and the future, we will investigate where the ‘now’ is situated, while focusing on the impact of technology on humanity, society and artistic practice.
Visions of the Now is a reconsideration of the 1966 festival and congress Visioner av Nuet, which was initiated by Fylkingen and held at Tekniska Museet in Stockholm. This updated version takes place nearly half a century later, in a world that is fully immersed in the technology that in 1966 was still called ‘the new’. What are our visions of the present — now, and what do we imagine for the future?
This occasion brings together a group of international artists, musicians, theorists and scientists to perform real-time research on the now, in lectures, panels and open discussions under the themes: Technology, Values, Image, Music, Language and Environment. The festival will also manifest the interplay between art and technology — at this exact moment in time — with new art and music performances, sound pieces, installations and screenings.
CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS!
So many things to tell you about! I hit the ground running when I arrived in Stockholm; it was light outside and everyone was happy to see the sun (and it made the transition from New York just that little bit easier). Here are the things I’ve seen, in the order I saw them:
- A lovely group show “After the Arc: An Island. Findings from Team B,” a collaboration between Botkyrka Konsthall and the Finnish Institute.
- Poul Gernes / Sidekick / Cosima von Bonin at Artipelag
- Jiha Moon “Just Tell Them You Are From the Moon!” curated by my BFF Nicole Smith at Couture Galleri (bad website, amazing show)
- Ferhat Özgur “Let Everybody Come Out Today” at Marabouparken
- Sture Johansson “In Memery” at Index, the Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation
- “Hilma af Klint: A Pioneer of Abstraction” at Moderna Museet
- Mats Bergqvist: “Saint Catherine” at Galleri Olsson and Mette Björnberg “Breathing Space” at Galleri Magnus Karlsson
- “What Can Art in the Public Space Be?” a panel discussion at Statens Kontråd
- Mika Rottenberg “Sneeze to Squeeze” at Magasin 3
- “Art Criticism in the Future Media Landscape,” a panel discussion in collaboration with AICA (Association Internationale des Critiques d`Art) and the Polish Institute at Moderna Museet.
- Then a gallery night! “Thinking and Speaking” curated by my BFF Steffi Hessler at Galerie Nordenhake, Katarina Löfström at Andrehn Schiptjenko, and some other stuff I didn’t pay attention to.
- A delightful talk by Chris Burden hosted by Magasin 3. Who knew he was such a nerd?! And funny at that!
- Then a great short inspirational lecture by Domenico Vitale for Creative Mornings, with an impossibly hip audience.
- Tomorrow: Galleri Cecilia Hillström, Galleri Flach, Galleri Anna Thulin, but most importantly ART HACK DAY at Bonniers Konsthall.
Now if only I could focus my energy on my OWN projects!
I hope people will think of this era of the museum as a time that was certainly not predictable or boring, where an experimental atmosphere prevailed and the intuitions and impulses of artists were trusted […] Let’s show that the museum is not just some sort of empty white container which is stiff and rigid and defined once and for all, but an open, exciting place, where artists want to be, and people want to go.
—Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Moderna Museet Stockholm
(Source: The New York Times)
Reason #785 to move to Sweden: When you live in Stockholm, you always have at least 8 mutual Facebook friends in common with famous artists.