Autumn 2017

Lundahl & Seitl and vice-chancellors’ portraits

Memories help us shape and influence the future, and we constantly develop different ways of storing memories in order to access them, use them, learn from them, and change and develop ourselves for the future. Accelerator, Stockholm University’s new meeting place for art and research, is showing two works this fall on the theme of “memory” – artistic duo Lundahl & Seitl’s “An Elegy to the Medium of Film” and “Unknown Cloud on Its Way to Stockholm University”.

Curatorial statement Autumn 2017

Time: 19 September – 6 October
Locations: Manne Siegbahn Laboratory and the field near the Universitetet T-bana. Experiencing Accelerator’s artworks is always free.

An Elegy to the Medium of Film
(60-80 minutes, appropriate for age 12 and up, part of the work occurs in total darkness)
“An Elegy to the Medium of Film” begins with the thought that we all carry traces inside us of the films and movies we have seen and made in our life. The work contemplates film as a phenomenon and a medium – its traditions and its potential futures. But at the same time, it also plunges the observer into the camera’s incorporeal existence – a world where nothing dies but just continues to exist like a star which, despite having died light-years before, continues to shine.
Time: 20 Sep – 6 Oct. – PLEASE NOTE: Pre-booking required
Place: Entrance is at the back side of Manne Siegbahn Laboratory, Svante Arrhenius väg 24b, approximately 2 minutes’ walk from the Universitetet T-bana exit: Map There will be signs from the University T-bana exit.

Unknown Cloud on Its Way to Stockholm University
“Unknown Cloud Caretaker”, an AI smartphone app, was created by Lundahl & Seitl to foresee the movements of an unknown electromagnetic cloud. Predictions for the fall say that the cloud will be passing over both Stockholm and Bangalore, India simultaneously in the fall. Those who wish to experience The Cloud should make their way to Stockholm University’s campus just before sundown on one of the predicted days.
Time: Be at the venue well in time before 18:45 (when the cloud passes) on 19 – 22 September, 28 September, or 5 October
Place: Frescati next to the Universitetet T-bana. For more information about the cloud, see
How: To make contact with the cloud. OBS! Bring your headphones and before you leave: 1. First download the app “Unknown Cloud Caretaker” (AppStore or Google Play). 2. Download the content in the app. 3. Open the app on your phone when you’re close to where the Cloud is passing. 4. Put on your headphones. 5. You’ll only make contact when you’re in the right place at the right time. FAQ Unknown Cloud.
Important notice!!! The cloud is estimated to pass the field at Frescati at 18.45 (6.45 PM). Arrive well in time and stand prepared with the application opened on your smartphone. Being late means missing entering the time window into the Cloud. Bring your headphones! //Caretaker

Vice-Chancellors’ Portraits
Stockholm University’s history as a radical alternative to traditional universities plays an important role in this fall’s projects and in Accelerator’s creation. Stockholm College was founded on openness and Accelerator highlights the tradition and carries it forward. As a part of the exhibition in Accelerator’s future locale, a selection of portraits of Stockholm University’s Vice-Chancellors is being shown. You can see the portraits before the showings for “An Elegy to the Medium of Film.”

More about An Elegy to the Medium of Film

Accelerator is showing an installation in cinema format, with 2D and 3D films as well as 3D sound in headphones. Some of the film is made at the sites used in famous films, like the Bruegel collection at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum or the Life Drawing Room at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. Some parts are recreated from historical film scenes.

Some days, not all, the light on the screen goes out and, in the darkness, there is a voice which wants to create pictures from the visitors’ consciousness. In an interaction between the visitors’ imagination and the voice’s suggestions, memories are projected from the film environment into the visitors’ minds. The visitors’ movements are choreographed to take on the perspective of a camera that floats, pans, zooms, and cuts between historical film scenes and the place where they were originally filmed.

More about Unknown Cloud on Its Way to Stockholm University

The Unknown Cloud first appeared as a phenomenon in social media through shared articles, pictures and videos. An unknown electromagnetic cloud that travels the world. The cloud moves freely across borders and had growing, international group of followers. In addition to seeing what it has been and where it is going, there is also an interplay between the cloud’s movements and manifestations and the contributions of its followers.

The Cloud is based on the idea of humanity’s ability to communicate in large groups and over great distances, linked by a shared experience and trust in the other participants – the cloud can only exist if we let ourselves believe in it.

Believe me when I say that the Cloud,
even if you cannot see it,
is able to interact with your thoughts,
to give you abilities you normally would not have.

About the artists

Christer Lundahl and Martina Seitl created Lundahl & Seitl 2003 – a non-disciplinary artistic collaboration focused on transforming the observer-perspective into the work’s primary medium and thereby erasing the assumed boundaries between “doing and seeing”.

Time and evolution are the main factors in their research-based, successive projects that include curatorial work, large-scale projects, workshops and seminars – often in dialogue with other disciplines.

The projects investigate the relationship between humanity’s consciousness and technological developments in our culture, and are often created specifically for a place, a medium, or a situation.

Lundahl & Seitl’s works have appeared in venues including (in London, England): Tate Britain, Whitechapel Gallery, Battersea Arts Centre, Royal Academy of Arts; (in Berlin, Germany): Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berliner Festspiele; (in France): Centre Pompidou-Metz; (in Ghent, Belgium): S.M.A.K.; (in Switzerland): Kunsthalle Bern; (in Graz, Austria): Steirischer Herbst; (in Seoul, South Korea): Wooran Foundation; (in Stockholm, Sweden): Momentum 8 – Tunnel Vision, Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Weld, Nationalmuseum, Dramaten and Magasin III.

A large solo exhibition has just closed: New Originals at Kunstmuseum (Bonn, Germany) and the exhibition Symphony – Mnemosyne Revolution at the Kochi Muziris Biennalen (Kerala, India).

Videos about The Unknown Cloud.

Written about The Unknown Cloud.

Credits Autumn 2017