Glass is a never stagnant mass – it is moving mass. Moving Mass explores the glass as concept, history, product and production: industry and human interaction as the basis for community-building. In Moving Mass, six Swedish artists have explored “The Kingdom of Crystal”, with the local and global changes in society as starting point. What significance has the glass had, and what is it like to live in The Kingdom of Crystal when most of the production has moved abroad? Has the labour immigration contribution to the glass industry’s success been made invisible? How is the loss and changes of the work, identity and community dealt with and portrayed? The exhibition at Kalmar konstmuseum is a feature in a longer process with various activities. The project was initiated by the artist Ingela Johansson, who invited artists Eva Arnqvist, Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Åsa Jungnelius, Caroline Mårtensson and Malin Pettersson Öberg. In dialogue with the place and the people, who were and still are dependent on the glass craft and industry, the change in the Swedish glass production are dealt with and portrayed as an example of a community in transition.
During the exhibition period a series of talks take place with the various works as starting point. On 18–19 February 2016 Kalmar konstmuseum and curator Lisa Rosendahl organize an international conference on the theme. In August 2016, a second part of the conference will be organized in collaboration with the project Residence-in-Nature.
The project is carried out in dialogue with Kalmar konstmuseum, The Glass Factory and The Design Archive Pukeberg and is supported by the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and Nybro Municipality.
Shaping social change
– about the artist’s role as a producer of knowledge and the art institution as host of cross-disciplinary conversations
The project Moving Mass deals with “The Kingdom of Crystal,” and its history, present and future from six different artists’ perspective. The emphasis is on questions about the glass industry in relation to changes in local and global society. The conference Shaping social change takes Moving Mass as the starting point to create a cross-disciplinary conversation about different methods to visualize our contemporary time and its underlying history.
The conference also addresses the question of what it means for artists, curators and art institutions, in various ways, to work site-specifically. What are the methods to engage in dialogue with a specific context? And take that as a starting point in your work? Presentations of the artists participating in Moving Mass are alternated with other voices.
The conference is developed by curator Lisa Rosendahl commissioned by Kalmar konstmuseum and the project Moving Mass. In August 2016 a second part of the conference is arranged in collaboration with the project RESIDENCE IN NATURE.
Registration and attendance
Sign up by February 11th via Swedish postal giro 66 11 38-8, or contact us at email@example.com for international service.
Limited seats available.
1st day, coffee included: 300 SEK, student 150 SEK
Dinner 1st day, 19.30 at Söderport: 420 SEK
2nd day, lunch and coffee included: 300 SEK, student 150 SEK
If you are allergic or have special dietary wishes, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about content and program, contact Lisa Rosendahl: email@example.com
Any other questions, contact Kalmar konstmuseum: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday February 18th (in English)
Location: Kalmar läns museum
(Registration and possibility to visit the exhibition at Kalmar konstmuseum from 11.00)
Artistic, institutional and curatorial methods for working with art as part of a community survey. What does it imply for the institution, curator or artist, to take a profound engagement in a specific context as a starting point?
14.00 – 14.15 Bengt Olof Johansson, director at Kalmar konstmuseum, welcomes everyone, moderator Lisa Rosendahl introduces the conference
14.15 – 14.45 Moving Mass: the project is introduced by the participating artists: Eva Arnqvist, Johanna Gustavsson Fürst, Ingela Johansson, Åsa Jungnelius, Caroline Mårtensson and Malin Pettersson Öberg
14.45 – 15.30 Helene Larsson Pousette, curator, The Swedish History Museum, Stockholm
15.30 – 16.15 Annette Bhagwati, project leader and curator, HKW, Berlin
16.15 – 16.45 Q&A with Helene Larsson Pousette, Annette Bhagwati and Ingela Johansson on methods for working with art as part of a community survey. Moderator: Lisa Rosendahl
16.45 – 17.15 Coffee break
17.15 – 18.00 Aneta Szyłak /Alternativa, Gdansk
18.00 – 18.45 Q&A about institutional and independent methods when working on site specific artworks with Aneta Szyłak, Bengt Olof Johansson, Eva Arnqvist, Johanna Gustavsson Fürst, Ingela Johansson, Åsa Jungnelius, Caroline Mårtensson and Malin Pettersson Öberg. Moderator: Lisa Rosendahl
19.30 Dinner at Söderport, advance booking necessary
Friday February 19th (in Swedish)
Time: 9.30 – 16.00 (Bus from Kalmar konstmuseum leaves 9.00, return trip 16.30)
How do we catch sight of our contemporary time? What role does the shaping of the mediation of knowledge play? The artists participating in the project Moving Mass share their work processes and methods in dialogue with practitioners from other fields.
09.00 Bus from Kalmar konstmuseum to Pukeberg
09.30 Bengt Olof Johansson, director at Kalmar konstmuseum, greets everyone welcome, moderator Lisa Rosendahl introduces the day.
09.45 – 10.00 Eva Wängelin, Curator and Head of Designarkivet, introduces Designarkivet.
10.00 – 10.15 Malin Pettersson Öberg, Artist: Reading Glass
10.15 – 10.45 Cornelius Holtoft, Professor in Archeology, Linnéuniversitetet
10.45 – 11.00 Caroline Mårtensson, Artist: Efterklang
11.00 – 11.30 Publiksamtal med Malin Pettersson Öberg, Cornelius Holtoft, Caroline Mårtensson och Eva Wängelin.
11.30 – 12.30 Lunch and possibilities to visit the Design Archive möjlighet att besöka Designarkivet
12.30-12.45 Åsa Jungnelius, Artist: Titta en vara som kan tala!
12.45-13.15 Johanna Rosenqvist, Lecturer The Department of Music and Art, Linnaeus University
13.15 – 13.30 Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Artist: Skådespelartransparensen och Distributionen
13.30 – 13.50 Q&A with Åsa Jungnelius, Johanna Rosenqvist and Johanna Gustafsson Fürst.
13.50-14.15 Coffee break
14.15-14.30 Eva Arnqvist, Artist: Positionsförflyttningar – en studie i rött
14.30-15.00 Peter Aronsson, Professor in Historiebruk och kulturav, Pro-Rector Linnaeus University
15.00 – 15.15 Ingela Johansson, Artist: I ljuset och skuggan av ornamenten
15.15 – 16.00 Finishing discussion with all participants from day 2
16.30 Bus leaves toward Kalmar konstmuseum