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. Autumn 2017, Accelerator, Stockholm University’s meeting place for art and research, was showing two works on the theme of “memory”, by artistic duo Lundahl & Seitl’s “An Elegy to the Medium of Film” and “Unknown Cloud on Its Way to Stockholm University”.
Time: 20 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” worked with the thought that we all carry traces of the films and movies we have seen and made in our life inside us. The work contemplated film as a phenomenon and a medium – its traditions and its potential futures. But at the same time, it also plunged 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.
Accelerator was showing an installation in cinema format, with 2D and 3D films as well as 3D sound in headphones. Some of the film was 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 were recreated from historical film scenes.
Some days, not all, the light on the screen went out and, in the darkness, there was a voice creating pictures from the visitors’ consciousness. In an interaction between the visitors’ imagination and the voice’s suggestions, memories were projected from the film environment into the visitors’ minds. The visitors’ movements were 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.
Unknown Cloud on Its Way to Stockholm University
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.
Time: 18:45 (when the cloud passed) on 19 – 22 September, 28 September, or 5 October
Place: Frescati next to the Universitetet T-bana. For more information about the cloud, see http://unknowncloud.com
“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 said that the cloud would pass over both Stockholm and Bangalore, India simultaneously in the fall. Those who wanted to experience The Cloud were invited to make their way to Stockholm University’s campus just before sundown on one of the predicted days.
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.
As a part of the exhibition in Accelerator’s future locale, a selection of portraits of Stockholm University’s Vice-Chancellors was shown. Find a digital version of the exhibition here. Stockholm University’s history as a radical alternative to traditional universities played an important role in “Autumn 2017” as in the creation of Accelerator. Stockholm College was founded on openness and Accelerator highlights the tradition and carries it forward.
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.
Lundahl & Seitl also performed a large solo exhibition in 2017: New Originals at Kunstmuseum (Bonn, Germany) and the exhibition Symphony – Mnemosyne Revolution at the Kochi Muziris Biennalen (Kerala, India).